Time to throw out the old rulebook: and build our business resilience

Residents salvage their properties amidst their destroyed village in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Goni on November 2, 2020 in Guinobatan, Philippines. Credit: Jes Aznar Getty Images. Full story: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/more-frequent-severe-climate-fueled-disasters-exacerbate-humanitarian-crises/

More cohesive local collaborations needed for PH disaster risk reduction–HHI

Local humanitarian actors should have more cohesive and reciprocal collaborations for the Philippine disaster risk reduction (DRR) system to be further strengthened, researchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) said in their recent study.

HHI’s study published on Thursday found that despite having many local actors working on disaster preparedness and resilience in the country, many of them were not working cohesively on the issue…

Time to throw out the old rulebook: and build our business resilience

As 2021 looms on the horizon, many of us are finally taking stock of one of the most challenging years to date and trying to figure out what comes next. SafetyCulture’s Dan Joyce explores how business can come back better than before in 2021.

How many of us were prepared for the rapid pace of change when the global pandemic hit?  The truth is, probably very few. Even those with the most stringent crisis management plans probably found themselves blindsighted to a degree – or simply forced to push through new processes and change at significant pace.

It’s been a struggle for survival for many. Mass lockdowns closed store doors, the hospitality industry was ‘brought to its knees’, and near-daily changes in guidance have left many sectors battling to keep up (and stay compliant.)

However, we’ve also seen some inspiring stories of innovation and resilience over the past 6+ months. There are restaurants who’ve changed their business model to service more takeout customers; pubs and pop-up food vendors teaming up to safely…

Vanuatu pioneers digital cash as disaster relief

The most at-risk country on earth to natural disasters, Vanuatu has endured two major volcanic eruptions and two category five cyclones in the past half-decade, affecting more than half the population.

Through resolute border closures, the Pacific archipelago has escaped infection from Covid-19, but the resultant loss of tourism revenues has devastated the local economy. Vanuatu is a country, sadly, too used to fighting back from disaster. But it is a country, too, seeking new paths to recovery.

Vanuatu is pioneering Unblocked Cash, a mobile-based development project using blockchain technology, along with tap-and-pay cards, to provide direct assistance to families recovering from disasters or acute financial distress.

The cards can be ‘loaded’ with money, to act like a debit card, allowing families to directly buy food, medicine, clothes, and other emergency supplies, even hardware to rebuild destroyed homes…

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