Brenden Jongman: Young Professional – Disaster Risk Management

BrendenWhat is your role within the World Bank?

I work in the field of disaster risk management. Global economic losses from disasters such as floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes exceeded US$300 billion in 2017, which made this the most costly year on record. The poorest people are often hit hardest by such events, because they often live in low-lying areas in less robust housing, and have limited capacity to recover from financial shocks. The Disaster Risk Management practice in the World Bank aims at reducing the impacts of disasters on poor and vulnerable people around the world. We assist countries in disaster risk reduction (such as dikes, drainage, land-use planning and earthquake-resistant building construction), response and recovery after events, and financial solutions to help buffer the economic impact. I work in the Africa regional team, mainly focusing on Madagascar, Mozambique and the Seychelles. In Madagascar, for example, we are working with the Government to reduce flood risk and improve urban living conditions in the nation’s capital.

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