World Bank wants your 'risk' story

A man walks through a flooded rice field in the Philippines. Photo by: Nonie Reyes / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

How do you prepare for a strong typhoon or cope with a sudden earthquake?

The team working on the World Bank’s next World Development Report wants to know how members of the public manage losses stemming from individual or systemic events, like natural disasters.

Such information will figure in the bank’s 2014 survey, which will come out later this year.

This will be the first time the World Bank is soliciting information from the public for the WDR, which will explore the interconnections between risks and how they affect economic development and poverty alleviation efforts.

“This type of effort (…) could set a precedent for future exchanges between us and citizens of countries where we are active,” World Development Report director Norman Loayza said.

Since Jim Yong Kim was appointed World Bank President in July 2012, the institution has been actively engaging the public in its campaigns.

Last year the bank reached out to people on social media for thoughts on what will it take to end poverty, part of the World Bank’s new 2030 vision.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.