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By Doaa Abdel-Motaal, Executive Director of The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health at the Oxford Martin School. Doaa is the author of the recently published book, Antarctica: The Battle for the Seventh Continent.
Why is financial protection important to reduce poverty and increase shared prosperity?
Financial losses from natural disasters continue to rise. Developing countries and their low-income populations experience the greatest impacts.
Over the last 10 years, global losses due to natural disasters have averaged $165 billion a year.
This publication discusses several cases of collaborations between various stakeholders to achieve resilience to disaster risk. In fact it explains how collaboration among business, government and NGOs could be the key to living with turbulence and change in the 21st Century These collaborations combine the capacities, talents, reach and resources of the public and private sectors and civil society to activate change. Collaboration is chosen because of growing recognition that the sectors have overlapping interests and there are mutual gains to be made.
Urban populations are facing increasing challenges from numerous natural and manmade pressures such as rapid urbanisation, climate change, terrorism and increased risks from natural hazards. Cities must learn to adapt and thrive in the face of these diverse challenges – they must learn how to build resilience in an uncertain world. Armed with this knowledge and understanding, governments, donors, investors, policy makers, and the private sector will be able to develop effective strategies to foster more resilient cities.
By Jim Jarvie, Anna Brown and Kimberly Junmookda
On an ordinary morning in January 1995, the city of Kobe, Japan shook for less than a minute. By the time the tremors subsided, one of the most powerful earthquakes in recent history had already destroyed bridges, expressways and buildings, and within several hours, claimed over 6,400 lives. The quake's magnitude and the fact that it occurred in close proximity to a highly populous urban center were a deadly combination.