The World Bank has been steadily increasing its disaster risk management support over the past decade, growing its annual investment by more than 40% in the past six. But as we work to help build resilience on the ground, it’s important to stop and think: are we building resilience for all?
When we design disaster risk management (DRM) projects, are we giving enough thought to bolstering the climate and disaster resilience of all people? Are we considering the specific needs of different genders, the elderly, persons with disabilities, children, and other vulnerable or marginalized people?
Persons with disabilities: Persons with disabilities face their own unique set of hurdles depending on their type of disability in an emergency and post-disaster context. For example, some may have challenges evacuating after a disaster due to visual or physical impairments. When a devastating Earthquake and Tsunami hit northern Japan in 2011, the mortality rate of persons with disability was twice that of the total population.
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