Blog by Alfonso Garcia Mora, World Bank Group
I had just arrived to Bali at a late hour in the evening to join the 2018 World Bank-IMF annual meetings when our group, visitors from more than 189 countries along with Indonesians on the island and neighboring communities were acutely woken up at dawn with magnitude 6.4 quake that struck off the coast. Early reports by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency indicated extensive damage to infrastructure and loss of lives in the span of a few minutes. The Indonesian response that followed revealed the difference disaster risk finance can bring to families, economies and societies at large. I was humbled by what I experienced and what we can contribute -as an institution together with our partners- to manage these acute disasters more prudently, effectively and humanely.
Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and matured. From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes.
Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to be done to ensure that DRM efforts respond to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls. In no small part due to gender inequalities, women are both more vulnerable to natural hazards and less likely to benefit from relief and recovery efforts than men.
Deadline: 22-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The overall objective of this assignment is to contribute to disaster risk management related research and policy advice in support of ECCAS as well as capacity enhancement interventions to benefit ECCAS Member States and key stakeholders like media, academia, civil society organizations, NGOs and the private sector to better contribute in the implementation of DRR activities in Central Africa.
More specifically, the assignment has three main objectives:
(i) Provide policy research related to disaster risk management, with particular emphasis on flood risk management, in the ECCAS region;
(ii) Facilitate South-South knowledge exchange and best practices sharing on DRM.
(iii) Facilitate DRR training and capacity enhancement for the ECCAS Secretariat and experts from Member States related to disaster risk management.
Deadline: 15-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
This consultancy services is to provide advisory services and technical inputs to increase awareness and capacity of relevant Government of Indonesia line agencies in developing DRM and climate adaptation plans for water supply infrastructure, particularly to address seismic and hydro-meteorological (floods, droughts and landslides) risks. The key objectives are to: (i) develop a technical report that outlines guidance on how to address DRM and climate adaptation aspects in water supply infrastructure; (ii) develop a set of technical guidelines and standard operating procedures that will assist PDAMs to prepare DRM and climate adaptation plans; and (iii) provide technical assistance to AKATIRTA and/or MPWH’s Balai Teknik Air Minum (BTAM) to increase their capacity in delivering trainings and education programs in the design and operation of resilient water and sanitation infrastructure.
Deadline: 18-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Bank is enhancing is engagement on hydromet modernization, strengthening disaster early warning systems and climate services in the East Asia and Pacific region. In this context, it is seeking the services of a consultant to undertake assessments and provide technical support on hydromet and climate services in several countries. Specifically, the objective of this consultancy is to (i) prepare a roadmap for hydromet modernization in Mongolia based on assessment of user needs and (ii) undertake an assessment and prepare roadmap for improving coastal monitoring and information systems in Myanmar.
Deadline: 13-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
In close collaboration with the Yangon City Development Committee, and consistent with the policy objectives of Myanmar Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project, the objective of the consultancy is to undertake a Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment (BRCA) that contributes to a comprehensive resilience strategy for Yangon. The BRCA will follow the World Bank’s Building Regulation for Resilience Program’s methodology.
Deadline: 22-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The World Banks South Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team has commenced a new regional Technical Assistance (TA): Mainstreaming Inclusive Resilience in South Asia (P167456), to proactively incorporate social inclusion in the existing and new DRM lending portfolio. The objectives of this assignment are: (a) to develop action plans for five pilot projects, that are either new or existing, to better address social inclusion in the project design/implementation stage; and (b) to design and deliver training workshops that help government counterparts and World Bank’s DRM and Social Development specialists, to design more socially inclusive DRM projects. Under this assignment, two activities are planned: (i) action planning to identify practical entry points for more robust social inclusion elements in the five pilot projects; (ii)training workshop for consultation and learning opportunities.
Deadline: 09-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The objective of the technical assistance (TA) is to increase the capacity and knowledge of a selected LGU (1 province) in dealing with climate/disaster risks faced by local transport infrastructure and pilot an institutionalized coordination process with the national agencies to better inform local roads planning, using a learning-by-doing approach. Based on this activity, technical notes/guidelines will be prepared for the ongoing provincial roads program to benefit all participating LGUs. LGUs are the implementing units under the provincial roads program, and hence increasing their technical capacity in dealing with climate resilience for local roads will improve the performance and development impact of the provincial roads program.
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2018 – from $555 billion to $382 billion per year. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), released today.
The report, Building Back Better: Achieving resilience through stronger, faster and more inclusive post-disaster reconstruction, assesses socioeconomic resilience and the impact of disasters on people’s well-being. It covers 149 countries, including 17 small island states, representing 95.5 percent of the world’s population.