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14 Sep 2016 description

Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region and does not follow a single pattern of development. This Report is separated into two volumes which share the same narrative: the Regional Human Development Report – the first volume – covers the entire region, while deepening the analysis on Latin America; and this current Caribbean Human Development Report – the second volume – approaches the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development and human progress taking into consideration the particularities of the Caribbean.

31 Mar 2013 description


This report, The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012, examines four topics: disasters in 2012, with a focus on recurring disasters (Chapter 1); the role of regional organizations in disaster risk management (Chapter 2); wildfires (Chapter 3); and the important role of women in disaster risk management (Chapter 4). Here are some of the highlights from this year’s review:

23 May 2012 description

GLIDE n° TC-2011-000114-DOM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

22 May 2012 description


This report, for the period 1 December 2011 – 29 February 2012, is the third quarterly report in the 2011/2012 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2009/2010 – 2011/2012. In providing this progress update, this quarterly report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

19 May 2012 description

Summary: CHF 71,014 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 31 August 2011 to support the Bahamas Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 1,000 beneficiaries affected by Hurricane Irene.

28 Mar 2012 description

Release Number: 4017-057

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SAN JUAN, PR -- More than $83.9 million in grants for disaster aid has been approved to Puerto Rico to continue recovering from the heavy rains, flooding, landslides and mudslides left by Hurricane Irene, Government of Puerto Rico and federal officials announced today.

After seven months, disaster assistance provided includes:

06 Mar 2012 description

La Unión Europea (UE) desembolsará este año unos 73 millones de euros para la ejecución de proyectos y programas de desarrollo en la República Dominicana, iniciativas que beneficiarán principalmente a la región fronteriza con Haití.

La información en ese sentido la ofreció Andris Piebalgs, comisario de la UE en materia de desarrollo, al término de una reunión de trabajo que sostuvo con el presidente Leonel Fernández, encuentro en el que también participó Domingo Jiménez, Ordenador Nacional para los Fondos Europeos de Desarrollo (ONFED).

02 Feb 2012 description


Cifras preliminares para 2011 muestran una disminución en la ocurrencia de desastres naturales y su impacto en América, en comparación a la última década, sin embargo, América sufrió graves desastres en 2011.

19 Jan 2012 description

SAN JUAN, PR -- The recovery operation lead by the Government of Puerto Rico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has resulted in the disbursal of more than $26.1 million in disaster aid for Public Assistance (PA). As of today, 907 infrastructure projects have been approved for designated municipalities.

"Local governments are working as fast as they can to fix their infrastructure and we want to ensure that they receive adequate support from our agency," said Justo Hernández, Federal Coordinating Officer.

12 Jan 2012 description
report ACTED

2011 has been a year of transition for Haiti. Humanitarian aid and the commitment of NGOs in Haiti continued all along the last 12 months, but the 12 January 2010 earthquake has left deep marks on the country. On top of these scars, new strains occurred with the cholera epidemic as soon as October 2010, and the phase of political transition, which ended with the election and swearing in of a new President of the Republic.

10 Jan 2012 description
report Medair

The Medair shelter programme has now provided safer housing to almost 20,000 people and been a source of hope to families across the Sud-Est district.

On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced one of the worst natural disasters of all time. The earthquake devastated the nation, choking cities under rubble and leaving more than 200,000 dead and 1.5 million without adequate shelter.

09 Jan 2012 description
report British Red Cross

Two years after Haiti’s worst earthquake in two centuries devastated the country, the Red Cross is still helping Haitians recover.

The earthquake hit the capital Port-au-Prince and nearby areas on 12 January 2010, killing over 200,000 people and displacing around 1.5 million people.

The Red Cross immediately provided emergency healthcare, shelter, relief items and water and sanitation. And, over the following two years, we have built shelters, improved mass sanitation, given financial support to households and put families back in touch with each other.

31 Dec 2011 description

Following one of the most challenging and dramatic years for Latin America and the Caribbean in the area of disaster response and public health, 2011 appeared with a sigh of relief, allowing time to reinforce essential, ongoing recovery and response actions as well as look towards the future of disaster management in the Region.

27 Dec 2011 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn., Dec. 27, 2011 – AmeriCares has awarded more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to 12 nonprofit organizations in seven states. AmeriCares launched the grant program in August to assist disaster survivors rebounding from massive flooding and one of the worst tornado seasons on record. The program provides grants of up to $100,000 for health-related recovery projects that improve medical care for the uninsured, mental health services, psychosocial support and case management, as well as disaster preparedness.

The awards include:

08 Dec 2011 description

BURLINGTON, Vt. – As towns rebuild infrastructure battered by Tropical Storm Irene, state and federal officials are reminding them that funding is available to make repairs that are better able to withstand future disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay to make repairs that improve the ability of damaged infrastructure to weather the next flood, for example, putting in a larger culvert to replace one that was washed out.

29 Nov 2011 description

Irene the first hurricane to hit U.S. in three years; Northeast reminded it’s also vulnerable
November 28, 2011

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Wednesday, having produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.

19 Nov 2011 description

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, includ-ing droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. At times, El Niño meteorological events and poor land use management exacerbate the effects of potential hazards. Several countries in the re-gion also remain vulnerable to civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S.

01 Nov 2011 description


Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.