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Introduction of the Disaster Risk Management Program

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With the increasing impact of disasters worldwide, disaster risk management has become a crucial aspect of national development agendas.

In recent years, there has been growing recognition that disaster risk reduction initiatives have the potential to save thousands of lives and are pivotal in reducing the negative impacts of hazards towards the achievement of sustainable development.

The World Bank’s strategy for disaster risk management recognizes the need to strengthen the capacity and quality of national, state, and local disaster management.



WBI’s Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Learning Program aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of its partners to enable them to provide far-reaching, customized learning based on contemporary knowledge in disaster risk management.

The program works to:

1   advance the capacity of training institutions to design and
deliver learning activities in the realm of disaster risk management;

2   contribute to better understanding of the role
of key stakeholders in reducing the risk of disasters;

3   promote proactive risk management practices and approaches
for increased capacity.



The learning products offered by WBI and through partner organizations include online and face to face training focused on the effective management of disasters in countries around the world.

WBI offers technical assistance for coordinating and customizing content with partner institutions, provides a platform for knowledge exchange across regions, and builds and maintains partnerships with disaster and development organizations to ensure sustained results in capacity development.

Participants of individual courses include policy makers, practitioners, government officials at the central and local levels, NGOs, the private sector, trainers, academics, representatives from the international donor community, and World Bank Group staff.

The program includes a series of web-based training courses offered both by the Institute and partner organizations.



The program has organized more than 60 learning events worldwide reaching over 3000 participants since its inception in 2004.

The program is cross-cutting, enhancing World Bank support to countries in many sectors.

The courses offer targeted disaster management courses for civil service personnel at the national, state, and local levels, academics, policy and development practitioners, members of the private sector, NGOs, and community-based organizations.

The program attains high multiplier effects by aiming at the learning infrastructure of disaster management professionals and policy makers.


Last updated: 2009-06-29

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