The starting point for improved disaster preparedness and resilience is to better understand risk. Over the past decade, there has been a marked improvement in the availability and accessibility of risk information, but many of the poorest and most vulnerable countries have been left behind. The demand for more robust, accessible, high-resolution and trusted risk data and analyses is rising. Emerging technologies and new ways of thinking provide an unparalleled opportunity to increase the accessibility of risk information and to revolutionize this sector. For example, crowdsourcing is now flourishing to deliver new data. But, there are also challenges.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) new competitive Challenge Fund seeks to pilot new and innovative approaches to overcome these challenges and strengthen disaster and climate risk decision-making in developing countries. This Challenge Fund seeks to provide small grants to projects that address the challenge in bridging the gap between technology and on-the-ground user needs in the field of disaster risk identification. Risk identification is seen at the foundation of all disaster risk management decision-making, whether risk reduction, preparedness, financial protection, or resilient recovery. The Fund seeks to support the development of data, products and approaches to support disaster risk management decision making and build resilience, including through better information, but also strengthening key steps in moving from information to insight and behavior change.