I have never seen this level of destruction. I was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, New York after Superstorm Sandy, northeast Nigeria after the worst of the Boko Haram insurgency, and to Somalia and Malawi after devastating droughts and floods delivered destruction on a tragic level. But mere walking through the worst hit areas of Abaco in northern Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian provided a glimpse of what total devastation really looks like.
Scientists are constantly getting better at knowing when the next hurricane, landslide, or flood will happen. However, science communication about these disasters lags behind.
Natural events and disasters of the past have influenced some of the most iconic art of our time. From Turner’s sunsets to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – both were composed in the shadow of the greatest volcanic eruption of our age, Mount Tambora in 1815. The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai (c. 1829–33) has been interpreted as a warning about tsunami risk. In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face.
Deadline: 28-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
To conduct an exploratory study to test and find ideas and structures for a financial mechanism that can help channel pre-arranged funds directly to front line humanitarian organizations. The purpose is not a feasibility study providing legal or technical advice.
Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The DRFIP is undertaking a four-year DRF Analytics Project to improve the understanding and to increase the capacity of governments to take informed decisions on DRF based on sound financial analysis. The objective of the project will be achieved through four outcomes:
i. Governments understand their financial risk related to natural disasters;
ii. Governments employ efficient financial/actuarial analysis, such as cost-benefit analyses, in the development of DRF strategies;
iii. Improved financial capacity to meet financial needs immediately following natural disasters; and
iv. Increased capacity in Governments to monitor and evaluate DRF strategies. Under this project a suite of interactive DRF quantitative tools will be developed which can be adapted and applied to support capacity building and decision making in countries.
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: 05-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: The objective of this technical assistance (TA) is to increase the capacity and knowledge of selected LGU/s 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. The activity will revolve around three important areas: (a) high-resolution risk mapping based on existing hazard information; (b) a prioritization of corrective investments, including primarily those for roads improvement and flood management, based on life cycle approach; and (c) planning, design standards and asset management frameworks especially for local roads are reevaluated in light of future climate and natural hazard risks. The firm has to demonstrate experience working on previous assignments in the Philippines. Because of the capacity building component and learning by doing approach, international firms are encouraged to tap a local entity for this purpose such as a local firm, university, research/think tank group, NGO, or individual. The TA site is still to be agreed with government.
This assignment is to review the existing situation in post-disaster damage information collection and prepare a conceptual design for an improved tool and IT architecture. This assignment is for two phases: (i) to evaluate existing damage assessment and data collection methodologies as well as provide an overview of new and innovative tools and methodologies for improving damage data collection, their experiences and challenges; and (ii) to develop the conceptual design for an improved solution, including generic specifications and model architecture, and the customized specifications for Armenia to move into implementation. This assignment will design the infrastructure and variables for a generic version of such a tool which can be customized to countries around the world and different applications. It will also develop the customization for this tool to the context of Armenia, as well as the roadmap to move into implementation. The current focus in terms of natural hazards should be on tropical cyclones, floods, landslides, and earthquakes. In a later phase, other natural hazards may be added.
- Because natural disasters tighten poverty’s grip on communities worldwide, disaster risk reduction goes hand in hand with poverty reduction, and vice versa
- A new World Bank report finds the impact of extreme weather on poverty is more devastating than previously understood, responsible for annual consumption losses of $520 billion and pushing 26 million people into poverty every year
- Targeted resilience-building interventions protect poor people from adverse weather events and can help countries and communities save $100 billion a year