Report explores trends in disaster risk-reduction aid spending

Donors may want to reconsider how they allocate disaster risk-reduction funding to make sure their assistance benefits those that need it most.

That’s according to a new report that tracked trends in disaster risk-reduction spending from 2000 to 2009. The report by Global Humanitarian Assistance notes funding for disaster risk-reduction activities does not appear to be based on need, number of disasters, the country’s risk of mortality or the proportion of people affected by disasters every year.

“Neither does funding for DRR seem to be obviously related to country revenues, with some of the richer countries receiving considerable funding and many of the poorest ones receiving almost nothing over an entire decade,” the report says.

Take the case of top humanitarian aid recipients. The report says these countries are likely to need disaster risk-reduction funding the most. Yet only $3.7 billion out of a total $363 billion in development assistance provided to top humanitarian aid recipients in that 10-year period was for projects to reduce disaster risk, the report says. And the bulk of this aid was concentrated on only three of the 40 countries, it adds.

Based on its findings, the report calls not only for an increase in overall funding for disaster risk reduction but also for the “creation and implementation of a financing model based on a proper and cross-country assessment of need.”

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.