Blogs on disaster preparedness

  • Taxation can help developing countries pay for post-disaster reconstruction.

    Financing disaster relief through taxation

    Published on Monday, 15 April 2019

    As natural disasters become more frequent and intense in Asia-Pacific, governments can tap into taxes to finance improved resilience.

  • Damaged school building in Sindhupalchowk.

    New grant to rebuild schools, provide micro loans after Nepal earthquake

    Published on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

    We hope to restore school enrollment rates, return household incomes to pre-quake levels, and teach village development committees how to cope with disaster risks.

  • Rice fields submerged by floods in Pakistan.

    Extending the reach of flood insurance

    Published on Thursday, 27 August 2015

    Disaster preparedness should include extending the reach of insurance to cover flooding to help individuals, businesses and governments to get back on their feet more quickly after a disaster strikes.

  • Disasters often affect large numbers of households at the same time, thereby diminishing their access to informal networks as a coping mechanism.

    Community-driven development for effective disaster response in the Philippines

    Published on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines.

  • South Asia again confronts displacement by Mother Nature’s wrath

    Published on Monday, 20 May 2013

    Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.  

  • Natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific. <a href="">View infographic in full.</a>

    Upping the game on disaster preparedness

    Published on Monday, 22 April 2013

    The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.