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From West Africa to the Caribbean: Building back better after Hurricane Irma

It was November 2017 and I had spent another hectic and eventful day working on the world’s most severe humanitarian crises as UNDP’s Early Recovery Programme Coordinator in north-east Nigeria.  


Dominica: Striving Towards Climate Resilience

The Prime Minister of Dominica described living through the 2017 hurricane season as being on the frontline in war against climate change and has committed to making Dominica a climate resilient…  


Building back better in Lao PDR

The aim of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is to advance development as well as protect previous gains. Recently Lao PDR has been at the forefront of the battle against the…  


Volcano of Fire: A first responder’s view

Recovery specialist Jeannette Fernandez shares her experience traveling to Guatemala in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption.  


Reefs for resilience: Insuring our shared natural capital

Half the world's population lives within 60 km of the coast - a coast that is under constant and growing threat. Rising sea levels, ever-more-likely and severe storms and cyclones, and increased…  


Promoting Resilience Through Post-Crisis Recovery

The 3rd World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) June 2017 served as a platform to discuss and identify effective and forward-looking approaches to achieve resilient post-crisis recovery.  


In a crisis, companies are better off working together

Many forward-thinking companies have begun to collaborate to forge private-sector networks to strengthen their risk preparedness and response to an emergency.  


Technology to assess disaster damage

Even in this era of social media and digital technology, the tools most often used to assess disasters are…paper and pencils. With luck and at least a few months, the understandable part of those…  


Planning for a new resilience in Nepal

My recent visit to Nepal suggested indications of positive developments in the country. Today, as we observe the third anniversary of the destructive 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which caused 9,000…  


Small Businesses - Impact of Disasters and Building Resilience

This study focuses on small businesses and their role in disaster risk reduction and, particularly, in recovery.  

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