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Every year, 25 million people are displaced globally by sudden onset disasters, which cause over $18 billion of direct damages in low- and middle-income countries. Addressing this challenge, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is working with countries and communities to not just build back better, but build better before.

In Indonesia, which has one of the largest home improvement programs in the world, GFDRR helped raise compliance with resilient housing standards from 11% in 2018 to over 75% in 2023. Meanwhile, in partnership with the Japan Program, GFDRR is working to enhance the resilience of health systems to various shocks in countries including Colombia, Morocco, and Peru.


Bernice Van Bronkhorst

Global Director, Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice

Niels Holm Nielsen

Practice Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

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