Risk-informed development: From crisis to resilience

Over the past decade, there has been important progress on poverty reduction, disease control and access to healthcare, education and services, including in some of the world’s poorest countries. However, these gains are fragile, and are undermined by threats, shocks and hazards. The damage triggered by shocks, stressors, natural hazards and threat events such as terrorism are not just due to the severity or nature of the event: they are also determined by social, political, economic and environmental development decisions, within countries and globally. Development choices and trajectories can, and often do, increase inequality, poverty and environmental degradation, and vulnerability and exposure to harm when threats occur.