Disaster Recovery: Challenges and Lessons

20 May 2016

Disasters occur on a continual basis across the globe, bringing in their wake large-scale damages and losses to countries and communities. They destroy public infrastructure, disrupt basic services, cause loss of lives and disrupt livelihoods. Disasters often make the world’s poor fall further into poverty. In fact, developing countries with highly vulnerable populations face the highest risk. Moreover rapid population growth and more people living in cities than ever before, overcrowded urban centres are putting people, assets and critical infrastructure at extreme risk.


This publication highlights the growing impact of disasters on people, communities and economies. In doing so, the publication emphasizes that recovery is an opportunity to not only rebuild infrastructure and livelihoods, but to learn from mistakes and build back better through a resilient, risk-informed approach.

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