Disasters caused by natural hazards increasingly threaten the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poor. Climate change is exacerbating the severity and impact of disasters by contributing to more destructive droughts, floods, and storms.

In this episode, we will explore how a more severe risk environment has been reshaping the way the World Bank and its partners approach disaster risk reduction. We will discuss the cost-effectiveness of disaster risk reduction investments, when and how can disaster risk reduction efforts be implemented, and why they are such a key component of adapting to climate change.

Our host, Carmen Nonay, will take listeners through a fascinating discussion held during the recent IMF-World Bank Annual meetings with experts working at the forefront of disaster risk reduction efforts. Carmen will highlight and comment on interventions by Mozambique’s Minister of Finance, Ernesto Tonela, Japan’s Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Finance, Kentaro Ogata, Norway’s Minister of International Development, Anne Tvinnereim; and the president and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, Andrew Steer.

We will also hear from IEG’s Director General, Alison Evans, and Bernice Van Bronkhorst, the World Bank’s Global Director of the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land Global Practice.

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