World Disasters Report from 1993 to 1999

The report by chapters

World Disasters Report 1993
The first edition of the annual World Disasters report has been produced by the IFRC with the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. The report aims to provide facts and statistics, analysis and exploration of trends. It also aims to dispel myths about disasters, and to define and advocate good practice.

World Disasters Report 1994
As the challenges facing disaster response agencies and local threatened communities are greater than even before, the World Disasters 1994 pick up on many of the issue first explored in the report's launch edition 1993. 

Chapter 3 - AIDS in Africa:
no longer business as usual
Over the next decade, AIDS will kill more people in sub Saharan Africa than all the wars of the 20th century. "This isn't some disease, it's a disaster," says a Kenyan community worker. With more than 70 per cent of the global caseload of AIDS afflicting sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is considered the greatest single threat to development and political stability.

World Disasters Report 1995
Humanitarian assistance must be based on consistent and high standards. Both ethical and professional. Neither the world's humanitarian load nor the complexity of the dilemmas we have to deal with show any prospect of decreasing in 1995. Faced with this reality humanitarian agencies have a duty both to adhere to high professional standards and to advocate on behalf of the victims. The World Disasters Report 1995 is part of this process.


World Disasters Report 1996
A growing workload coupled with the prospect of scarcer resources means we have to become much clearer in our thinking and action. As section two of this report shows, it is possible to deliver humanitarian assistance in ways that involve disaster victims and buil rehabilitation opportunities.

World Disasters Report 1997
A generation ago, most international disaster assistance went from government to government, sometimes via the United Nations. Not so today. Most end-point providers of international assistance are independent, private, not-for-profit, non-governmental agencies. These NGOs - whose changing role is a key theme of the World Disasters Report 1997 - are like firemen, hoping there will be no fire, but knowing that their survival depends on having fires to put out.

World Disasters Report 1998
Findings highlighted in 1998 report focus on the critical role of good governance in the urban setting. An increasingly urbanized world holds the potential to reduce greatly the number of people at risk from disasters, but only if urban governments become more accountable to all their citizens. 

World Disasters Report 1999
The WDR 1999 explores the ways environmental change and human short-sightedness have combined to trigger disaster. Earthquakes and hurricanes have spaked instant media interest and quick humanitarian reactions.

From 2000 to 2006

World Disasters Report 2000 - Public health

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World Disasters Report 2001- Focus on recovery

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World Disasters Report 2002- Reducing risk

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World Disasters Report 2003 - Ethics in aid

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World Disasters Report 2004 - From risk to resilience – helping communities cope with crisis

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World Disasters Report 2005 - Data or dialogue? The role of information in disasters

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