How Disaster Relief Efforts Could Be Improved with Game Theory

The world’s most resilient countries rely on great infrastructure

Hurricanes devastated businesses and supply chains in the eastern part of the U.S. last year, but the region’s strong resilience score (89 out of 100) produced relatively quick results and rebuilding, getting businesses back up and running.

Unfortunately resilience isn’t as strong in every part of the world. For supply chain managers who work globally, understanding resilience is an important part of forming a risk management strategy.

“If you’re in an industry that has many component parts from Asia … you’ll be especially interested in infrastructure,” Gibson said.

Take Taiwan and the Philippines, for example. Both have significant exposure to natural hazards, particularly typhoons, but their quality of infrastructure are drastically different from one another. Taiwan ranks 22 out of 130 countries for infrastructure quality; the Philippines ranks 109…


Building resilience on Aitutaki

Arun Rijal and Melina Tuiravakai from Climate Change Cook Islands (CCCI) have just returned from Aitutaki where they visited farms, coastal areas, and nurseries to monitor progress being made.

The five-year Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC) initiative aims to strengthen the ability of islands and communities in the outer islands to manage the anticipated consequences of climate change. The SRIC-CC aims to carry out these improvements in a “pro-active, integrated and strategic manner”.

The programme supports the implementation of the Cook Islands’ new Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

The programme is funded by the Adaptation Fund, established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since 2010 it has committed $694.88 million to 76 countries, to assist with climate adaptation and resilience activities…


How Disaster Relief Efforts Could Be Improved with Game Theory

Buddhist monks and family members of victims of the Fukushima tsunami and earthquake face the sea to pray on March 11, 2016 while mourning the victims of the March 11, 2011 disaster. REUTERS/Kyodo

The number of disasters has doubled globally since the 1980s, with the damage and losses estimated at an average US$100 billion a year since the new millennium, and the number of people affected also growing.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the costliest natural disaster in the U.S., with estimates between $100 billion and $125 billion. The death toll of Katrina is still being debated, but we know that at least 2,000 were killed, and thousands were left homeless.

Worldwide, the toll is staggering. The triple disaster of an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that started March 11, 2011 in Fukushima, Japan killed thousands, as did the 2010 Haiti earthquake…


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