International financial institutions need to do more to protect the poorest from disasters

Wars, bad weather and unstable geology threaten to return millions of people to poverty and remain a major obstacle to others making their first escape. From flood swept-Mozambique to drought-stricken Somalia to war-ravaged Yemen we witness the terrible human and economic costs of crises. The poorest people in the poorest countries bear the brunt. They are six times more likely than people in rich nations to be injured, lose their home, be displaced or require emergency assistance. Climate change threatens to make things worse, pushing a further 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030.

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Paul Gallagher
Event: ‘Re-thinking disaster response’ at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum

Re-thinking disaster response: how the World Bank and CSOs can work better together via disaster and crisis risk financing

1:30-3pm, April 10th 2019
World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum
Building: I, Room: I 2-250, World Bank Headquarters

The financial management of disasters and crises is a key challenge for developing countries; choices made about how to respond have enormous impacts on poor people. Please join us for a session at the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum to learn what the World Bank and civil society organizations (CSOs) are doing around Disaster Risk Financing (DRF) and how CSOs can and should engage in this growing area.

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Sam Ellis