In cities around the world, an estimated 15 million people scrape together a living through informal waste picking. Many of them are women, children, elderly, unemployed, or migrants, who work…

Judy Baker |

“Resilient users” are individuals, households, and communities that are constantly devising new ways to cope with lack of infrastructure.

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

I have Odisha on my mind. Cyclone Fani has devastated one of my favorite states in India.  But before Fani it was Idai and Kenneth.  And the people of Beira in Mozambique are reeling. All this in…

Maitreyi Bordia Das |

Evidence is clear that climate change is changing weather patterns, increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme weather events. Unfortunately, those in the poorest communities are…

Ivan Bruce |

As the world rushes to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, ambitious sub-national actors are rising to the fore. The recent One Planet Summit exemplifies this trend. Earlier this month…

Prashant Kapoor, Marc Forni |

Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps. As they own very few assets, these…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Harjot Kaur |

Areas affected by the August 2017 mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Photos: Robert Reid and Ivan Bruce / World Bank) On August 14, 2017, after three days of intense rain, a massive side slope…

Alvaro Federico Barra, Ivelisse Justiniano |

Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. Poor people are not only more vulnerable to climate-related shocks, but they also have fewer resources to prevent, cope with, and adapt to disasters. The…

Monica Vidili |

Editorial credit: alionabirukova / Shutterstock.com Last week, the world came to attention when the famous Hulene dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique collapsed under heavy rains, killing at least 16…

Silpa Kaza, Lisa Yao |

Southern, Thailand - January 9, 2017: a volunteer helps a man with a disability get through the flood in his wheelchair. Photo: issara anujun / Shutterstock.com Natural hazard events can occur in…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |