By 2030, climate change and natural disasters are projected to push up to 77 million urban residents into poverty. But with the right investment in resilience capabilities such as infrastructure and disaster preparedness, millions of people could be saved — physically and financially.
Devex hosted an expert Twitter Chat in partnership with the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group to ask experts attending this year’s World Bank Spring Meetings how the development community can better assist countries in improving their resilience to systemic shocks.
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The chat was moderated by Raj Kumar, Devex president and editor-in-chief.
The expert panelists included:
• Robert Glasser, Special representative of the secretary-general for disaster risk reduction and head, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
• Caroline Heider, Director-General, IEG - World Bank Group
• Ede Ijjasz-Vásquez, Senior director, social, urban, rural & resilience global practice, World Bank Group
Here are the highlights:
Why is building resilient & sustainable cities & communities important for global development?
How can countries be better prepared for natural disasters, as well as social & economic shocks?
What are innovative ways to integrate resilience & sustainability into countries’ growth and infrastructure?
How can we ensure funding to build resilience in developing countries?
What do you hope will be achieved at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico?
Devex was on the ground at the 2017 World Bank Spring Meetings. Read our coverage and analysis and check out our Facebook Live series. Follow @devex, @Sophie_Ed1984 and @AlterIgoe for more World Bank reporting.