EU funded Programme to Build Disaster Resilience capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa announced (22/07/2015)

The European Union unveiled an €80-million funding package to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa . The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While the European Union is funding the programme, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

Roberto Ridolfi, EU Director for Sustainable Growth and Development during the launching said, long-term risk management can save lives and livelihoods and set the foundation for sustainable development. The Director further stressed the importance of a holistic approach to building resilience, based on accurate risk information and improved decision support systems. Hartwig Schafer of the World Bank in his part acknowledged that disasters can “throw a country back five years” and erase economic gains made, at the national, local and individual levels.

The programme's five areas of focus include: enhanced regional coordination and DRR monitoring; enhanced capacity of regional economic communities for coordination and planning; led by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The programme to improve capacity of regional climate centers for weather and climate services and real-time early warning systems; improved risk knowledge for future risk modeling are overseen by UNISDR.  Enhanced financial strategies for informed decision making will be run by the GFDRR.