disaster risk reduction

Andrew Roland, 42, lost his house after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2015. Credit: Vlad Sokhin/Panos/OxfamAUS

Blog: In the wake of Cyclone Pam, ambitious climate change action is vital in 2015

Ambitious climate change action is vital in 2015, in the post 2015 development agenda and at the Paris climate talks later this year. Indeed, action on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development are all intrinsically linked.

Two locals find safe ground in front of a destroyed structure in Bhaktapur region of Kathmandu, Nepal 26 April 2015. Photo: EPA/Hemanta Shrestha

Blog: Devastating earthquake in Nepal: immediate relief and long-term disaster risk reduction

While Oxfam and others rush humanitarian relief to Nepal, the country has long been desperate for a huge, sustained investment to strengthen its physical infrastructure in order to keep its people safer, and to develop its economy and services so that local communities and the state had enough assets to fall back on.

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Blog: Disappointment in Sendai: why the fight for strong and accountable action on disaster risk reduction is now more important than ever

Exacerbated by climate change, disasters are increasingly pushing people into deeper poverty and compromising their safety. That’s why the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 agreed today in Sendai is so disappointing for Oxfam and many other organizations working with communities affected by disasters around the world.

Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, Nathan and Pam and Tropical Depression 3 March 11 2015. Image: http://bit.ly/tropical-cyclones

Blog: In the wake of Cyclone Pam, will the world’s new disaster risk reduction deal be an empty promise?

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Photo: Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu, via 350 on Flickr

Blog: Vanuatu’s impassioned plea at Sendai – why the world needs to take bold action on disaster risk reduction

This morning, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opened in Sendai, Japan. His Excellency Mr. Baldwin Lonsdale, the President of Vanuatu delivered an emotional opening statement, a wake-up call for the international community - the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities.

People in Vanuatu prepare for the worst. Photo: Ben Bohane, 13 March 2015

Blog: As Cyclone Pam strikes, the world looks to Sendai for a better approach to disaster risk

Just as Tropical Cyclone Pam tears a path through the Pacific with winds of up to 280km per hour, a team of Oxfam staff and partners are gathering at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, to call for a bold new course to reduce the risk of disasters over the next fifteen years.

A young woman with a water buffalo in a rice field. Text overlay: "Could you make it as a farmer?"

Blog: Families are leading the way to feed people and fight climate change

While climate change is making hunger worse, we can work together to fix it: Thousands of people are taking action this week. And: Could you make it as a farmer? Take our quiz to find out!

Mapping the money: Unpacking the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2013

Blog: Mapping the money: Unpacking the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2013

The Global Humanitarian Assistance report is eagerly anticipated by some of us in the humanitarian field, as it provides us with hard data and trends required for strategic analysis and decisions. As humanitarian managers, high quality data is very important because it supports good management.

UN Disaster Risk Reduction Conference: Good, but needs to go further

Blog: UN Disaster Risk Reduction Conference: Good, but needs to go further

Ben Murphy writes from the Global Platform, the disaster risk reduction summit and argues that urgent action is needed to transform the losing battle against risk.

Shops have closed as the streets of Beletweyne have flooded. Photo: HARDO

Blog: Flooding in Beletweyne, Somalia claims lives

Flooding from the overflowing Shabelle River left more than 10 people dead in the town of Beletweyne at the end of September. Other reports put the death toll as high as 55, with many still missing. More than 8,000 families have been displaced by the flooding, which took place in Somalia’s central region of Hiraan.

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