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How bonds can insure against major disaster risk

Asia and the Pacific suffer from severe natural disasters with catastrophic consequences to the wellbeing and future livelihood of many vulnerable people. Keep up to date on the best ideas to mitigate natural and manmade disasters.

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Prioritize Disaster Resilience-- With the region facing ever-higher disaster risks, developing Asia needs to build its resilience before catastrophe strikes through better planning, setting aside government budget, and taking out insurance like "cat" bonds.

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  • The Growth Impact of Disasters in Developing Asia 

    Dagli, Suzette; Ferrarini, Benno (Asian Development Bank, 2019-06-30)
    This paper estimates the growth impact of disasters, with a focus on developing Asia and its subregions. It finds that severe disasters slow down annual growth in the Pacific island countries by between 1 and 2 percentage points on average. This should ...
  • Striking a Balance: Centralising and Decentralising Disaster Management Through New Technologies 

    Searle, Martin (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 2019-06-30)
    In December 2017 the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at RSIS identified four policy balances that must be struck when using emerging technologies in humanitarian operations. This report specifically explores how to balance the potential of ...