“This can’t be Karamoja, ” I thought, looking around me.  I had read the reports, which focus on the vulnerability and poverty of this region in northern Uganda, home to the Karamojong, a nomadic…

Barry Maher |

High-risk areas for natural disasters are home to 5 billion out of the 7 billion total people on our planet. Overall [[tweetable]]global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or…

Antoine Bavandi, Upmanu Lall, Benedikt Lukas Signer |

As actuaries working in development, my colleagues and I in the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) are constantly looking for innovative ways to apply actuarial science in the…

Barry Maher |

How governments can ensure that low-income farmers are financially protected against natural disasters, such as droughts, was at the heart of a panel discussion at the “Global Index Insurance…

Daniel Clarke, Felix Lung |

Insuring crops against unforeseen weather events is a standard practice among farmers in rich countries.   Traditional insurance is either unavailable or is very expensive in many developing…

Gloria M. Grandolini |

As the people of Vanuatu begin the painstaking task of assessing the damage to their homes, businesses, and their communities in the wake of Cyclone Pam, another assessment is underway behind the…

Olivier Mahul, Benedikt Lukas Signer |

Extreme natural events have affected more than 9.2 million people in the Pacific since 1950 and caused associated damage of about US$3.2 billion. From 2012 to 2014, the region experienced several…

Olivier Mahul, Samantha Cook |

Action on climate change is more and more important to the international community as a prerequisite for long-term sustainable development.

Olivier Mahul, Benedikt Lukas Signer |

Increased hurricane activity and rising sea levels are well-known effects of climate change, and they prompt solemn head-shaking when we read about them in reports. But in the Caribbean they are…

Herbert Samuel, Jonathan Coony |

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost…

Olivier Mahul |