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Disaster Risk Management
Disaster Risk Management

Helping Latin America and the Caribbean manage disaster risks and foster resilience in the region.

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Sector Framework Projects at a Glance Initiatives
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We seek to fully mainstream disaster risk management into sustainable economic development planning in Latin America and the Caribbean. We create knowledge that generates awareness and tools for informed decision making.

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There are two complementary approaches to disaster risks management: a preventive approach before the disaster and a responsive approach after the disaster occurs: 

  • Preventive approach: The purpose is to prevent or minimize the impact of natural hazards on the population, physical assets, natural capital, and economic activities. Actions under this approach include four categories: (1) understanding disaster risk; (2) strengthening governance; (3) investing in resilience; and (4) enhancing preparedness for response and resilient recovery. 
  • Responsive approach: Aims to channel effective humanitarian assistance, ensuring a rapid restoration of essentialbasic services, and achieving a resilient recovery of the affected physical assets, natural capital, and economic activities. These actions include three categories: (1) response; (2) rehabilitation; and (3) recovery. 
Disaster Risk Assessments and Indicators

We conduct disaster risk assessments and develop disaster risk indicators to help countries identify their level of risk to natural hazards, prioritize the most effective policy actions to reduce their vulnerability, and monitor and evaluate their performance in disaster risk management. 

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Better Prepare for Emergencies

We work with countries to better prepare for emergencies and improve their emergency response. We play an important role in helping them to revitalize their development efforts post-disaster and avoid rebuilding vulnerability.  

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Designing and Implementing Disaster Risk Management Plans

We assist countries by designing and implementing disaster risk management plans focused on risk identification, risk reduction, disaster preparedness, and financial protection.  

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Fiscal and Budgetary Planning

We help countries improve their fiscal and budgetary planning to invest in resilience and respond to natural hazards.

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Develop Institutional Capacity

We contribute with technical expertise, sharing of best practices, and specialized training to develop institutional capacity within the public sector to improve the financial management of contingent public liabilities associated with disasters. 

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Risk Monitor is a digital tool developed by the Inter-American Development Bank to further understand disaster risk and advance disaster risk management for member countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a powerful data analysis tool that includes information on indicators that measure crucial aspects related to disaster risk management at the national level, as well as a repository of disaster risk profiles for multiple hazards, sectors, and countries, a Geographic Information System visualizer to estimate hurricane and earthquake average annual losses at the municipal level, and an online library with the most recent IDB publications in the field of disaster risk management as well as a collection of blog posts crafted by Bank specialists on a diverse array of Disaster Risk Management topics.   

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