Finding better ways to stop disasters devastating lives

The Centre for Global Disaster Protection helps countries to become more resilient by finding better ways to manage the risks of disaster, helping protect people's futures when disasters occur.

If potential risks are understood, governments can move more quickly to respond to them.

If the right plans are in place before a disaster strikes, lives can be saved and vulnerable families can access food, water, healthcare and other services to help them recover and thrive.

And if it's agreed who will pay for the cost of disasters before they occur, money will be delivered more quickly.

So we support countries to take early, effective action to manage the risks of disasters and to stop climate shocks turning into crises. By working across the development humanitarian and financial sectors, we offer analytics, innovative solutions, impartial advice and training. This helps countries put plans and financing in place to help protect people's futures.

We build ongoing partnerships with countries. We generate ideas. And we help share and scale up solutions and action that stops disasters devastating lives.

Nine principles govern our approach and work

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The Centre is based in London and is led by the UK Department for International Development. It works in close partnership with the World Bank's Disaster Protection Program London Hub, part of the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program. The Centre is an Alliance Partner of the InsuResilience Global Partnership.

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Innovation Lab: Financial Instruments for Resilient Infrastructure (in association with Lloyd's of London)

January 2018, London

An integrative working session that gathered experts from across the finance, insurance, engineering, humanitarian and development communities to explore risk financing for infrastructure, and especially how financial instruments can provide incentives for building resilient infrastructure and building back better after disasters.

Reuters: 'Insurance gap' threatens disaster-vulnerable poor nations

Innovation Labs: Innovative Financing for Refugee Crises (in association with the International Rescue Committee)

September and November 2018, London/New York

Two intensive one-day sessions aiming to identify innovative financial solutions to refugee crises, with a focus on risk-based instruments. Participants represent influence and innovation in a range of professional and technical backgrounds, including banking, insurance and reinsurance, fintech, academia, and humanitarian policy and practice.

The Labs aim to harness the momentum generated by the upcoming adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees and global awareness of refugee crises, to reinvigorate international funding and support for refugee displacement crises more broadly. The events will capitalise on advances in innovative financing to craft new instruments, products and vehicles that can be used to respond to displacement crises.