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Cyclones Idai and Kenneth: International partners pledge support for reconstruction and resilience building for Mozambique

“The important point coming out of this conference is that this recovery needs to be resilient.” – Noura Hamladji, UNDP Africa Bureau Reginal Director, representing the United Nations Development Pogramme at the conference.

Beira, Mozambique – An international pledging conference in the central Mozambique city of Beira has concluded with development partners committing financial and technical resources to support recovery interventions as the country deals with the challenging devastation caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

Conference pledges and consensus-building discussions were informed by a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) – a comprehensive technical study conducted and led by the Government of Mozambique and supported by the UN, the European Union, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

According to the PDNA, Mozambique needs US$3.2 billion for post-cyclone recovery and reconstruction in the social, productive, and infrastructure sectors in areas affected in the Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia, Inhambane, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces. This includes important cross-cutting issues such as Gender, Environment, Employment and Livelihoods, Social Protection and Governance…


Business resilience for micro, small and medium enterprises

The World Risk Report has ranked the Philippines as the third-riskiest among 171 countries worldwide when it comes to natural disasters. The report, as released by the United Nations, includes a World Risk Index that measures a country’s risk of being struck by natural disasters combined with man-made factors that make a country more vulnerable to natural disasters. The country has held this position for three years now.

Many countries are at risk of experiencing natural disasters. What sets countries apart, though, would be the man-made factors mentioned previously. The World Risk Index considers three components for these factors—coping, adaptation and susceptibility. Coping refers to the country’s preparedness and ability to respond effectively to disasters. Adaptation is the country’s ability to adjust and form long-term strategies for climate change. Lastly, susceptibility measures citizen’s socioeconomic conditions. The idea is that the higher the level of poverty, the more risk-prone to disaster a country is…


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