OECD and World Bank: Improve resilience to disasters and fiscal risks


Rapid economic development and climate change are causing damages from disasters to increase. In a new report, the OECD and World Bank call for governments to set up clear rules for disaster assistance, which the organisations say could lead to improved resilience to fiscal risks.

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Resource guides

  • The business case for DRR
    Explore the economic, social and environmental dividends of investing in disaster risk reduction.
  • Assessing and disclosing climate-related financial risks
    Physical climate risk has emerged as a prominent threat to the financial sector and the global economy. Understanding investments’ exposure to risk from climate hazards is a critical step toward building resilience.
  • Building resilient bridges
    Disasters can damage or entirely destroy bridges and cause widespread destruction and social mayhem. But factoring risk into design and maintenance can help ensure the safety of the millions of people who cross bridges on a daily basis.
  • Building resilient grids
    Disasters can impact electric grids with damaging economic, environmental, and public health consequences. Grid resilience can help ensure that power disruptions are minimal and do not affect critical services.
  • Building resilient ports and harbours
    When disasters disrupt port operations, they can cause significant economic losses on a global scale. Adapting ports to a changing climate and investing in disaster resilience is critical to reduce the economic impacts from catastrophic events.
  • Building resilient roads
    Access disruptions on roads following a disaster can cause significant social and economic losses. Risk informed infrastructure investment is critical to ensure the construction and maintenance of resilient road networks.
  • Fragility and disasters 
    This collection analyses the nexus between disasters, conflicts and fragility.
  • Half a degree matters to curb disaster risk
    The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming may not seem significant. But research shows that failing to limit global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will significantly increase disaster risk.
  • Understanding evacuation behaviour
    While evacuation saves lives, many people choose not to leave when faced with a disaster. These resources explore the multiple factors influencing the decision to evacuate.
  • Monitoring Haiti's quakes with Raspberry Shake


    As a result of limited resources, seismologists in Haiti are able to provide only little information to the public or to decision-makers about seismic events. Raspberry Shake, a new pilot project, is now creating a network of "personal seismometers" across the country and gathering data about small earthquakes, helping to gain insight about future larger quakes.

  • As rains fall short, Manila trickles into a water crisis


    Since early March, the Manila metropolitan region has been in the grips of a water shortage, with some experts concluding that water scarcity will become a new way of life worldwide. The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has advised President Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track Manila's 20-year water infrastructure plan.

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