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International Recovery Platform

Ensuring a Disaster-Resistant Future

This report offers an approach and ideas for reflection, inviting readers to consider how we can ensure that the actions that we know are required to strengthen resilience are actually taken. It is primarily aimed at investors in the public sphere, namely governments and their development partners. The report intentionally applies a loose definition of investment and investors, looking well beyond financial outlays on physical infrastructure. It covers the investment of a wide range of resources—including political commitment, human resources utilization, knowledge, know-how, and personal time and dedication—in an extensive array of structural and nonstructural instruments and mechanisms to identify and assess risk, reduce risk, and manage remaining risk. It includes investments in, for instance, institutions, legislative and regulatory frameworks, financing mechanisms, incentives for change, and systems of accountability. It encourages investors to integrate investments in resilience into their own areas and modes of work and to promote, incentivize, and coordinate on the part of the private sector and households.

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