World Disasters Report - Previous issues

World Disasters Report 2010 
Urban risk
Urban poverty and disaster risk are often closely intertwined and the links between urban poverty and disaster risk will be increased by climate change. This report states that the root cause of why so many people are affected by urban disasters is that a billion people live in poor-quality homes on dangerous sites with no hazard-reducing infrastructure and no services.

World Disasters Report 2009 
Early warning, early action

While natural hazards cannot be prevented, they only become disasters because affected communities are vulnerable and unprepared. Early warning systems have been proved to save lives and reduce economic losses, but they are still not an integral part of disaster management and risk reduction globally. This report argues that early warning without early action is not enough.

World Disasters Report 2008 

The AIDS epidemic is a disaster on many levels. In the most affected countries development gains are reversed and life expectancy may be halved. For specific groups of marginalized people, HIV rates are on the increase. Yet they often face stigma, criminalization and little, access to HIV prevention and treatment services. 

World Disasters Report 2007 

Gender, race, religion – there are many reasons why people can be excluded from their society. What is the reality for these groups in disaster? The report turns the spotlight on these groups, examining how and why they face discrimination. It calls on communities, governments and agencies to work harder to identify the most vulnerable and work together to ensure that their specific needs are addressed in an emergency.

World Disasters Report 2006 
Neglected crises

Global interest in humanitarian response is riding high. But the brighter the media spotlight shines on such high-visibility catastrophes, the deeper into shadow fall more chronic – and often more deadly – humanitarian crises. Lists of forgotten disasters have multiplied as commentators seek to portray people and places that have missed out.
World Disasters Report 2005 
Information in disasters
Early warning is the most obvious way in which accurate, timely information alone can save lives. Information also reduces suffering in the wake of disaster. Tracing lost family and friends, knowing how much compensation you’re entitled to or where you’re going to live, simply understanding why disaster struck: such information means an enormous amount to survivors left homeless and traumatized.
World Disasters Report 2004 
Community resilience
People continually adapt to crisis, coming up with creative solutions. They prioritise livelihoods and household assets rather than the quick fix. Supporting resilience means more than delivering relief or mitigating individual hazards. Local knowledge, skills, determination, livelihoods, cooperation, access to resources and representation are all vital factors enabling people to bounce back from disaster.
World Disasters Report 2003
Ethics in aid
Getting the balance right between quick delivery of life-saving relief and a form of aid that supports local capacities and respects local participation is a complex task, calling for sound humanitarian judgement. This report analyses many of the moral dilemmas which arise in working with local organizations in disasters and complex emergencies.
World Disasters Report 2002
Reducing risk
Preparing to respond to disasters is only part of the broader risk reduction agenda. Where possible, measures to reduce the physical and human impacts of disasters must be taken. Physical protection must be complemented by better information at all levels. Often, exposed communities have expertise in dealing with risks which could be shared more broadly.
World Disasters Report 2001
Too often those affected by disaster are rebuilding their homes and communities the way they were before the disaster. They are literally ‘reconstructing the risk’, leaving them just as exposed to future hazards. This transitional period, which may start days or hours
after disaster, is where humanitarian organizations need to play a more effective role.
World Disasters Report 2000
Public health
In most people’s minds, the Red Cross and Red Crescent is best known for its disaster response, whether in local communities or the international arena. But our day-to-day work has more to do with providing basic health care and welfare – bridging the gap between that which communities and families provide for themselves and that which the state provides.


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