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Managing the Centre for Disaster Protection to help affected people

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Vanessa Fullerton Climate change Centre for Disaster Protection

By supporting countries to improve disaster risk management, the Centre for Disaster Protection suggests ways to stop disasters from devastating lives and economies. We build partnerships, generate ideas, and find solutions, to help countries to move from reaction to readiness to deliver faster, cost-effective support to the most vulnerable people affected by disasters.

Challenges

In 2017, the UK Prime Minister announced the creation of the Centre for Disaster Protection. This was in response to the global recognition that climate change, population growth, urbanisation and conflict are making disasters more frequent, more deadly, and more expensive. The protracted and overlapping nature of contemporary crises means that finding better ways to plan and respond must remain high on the global agenda. The Centre has been established to help with these problems by supporting countries and international organisations to transition from reaction at the time of the disaster, to readiness beforehand. We focus on disaster risk financing (DRF) to help ensure that money and plans are in place before a disaster strikes, so that the most vulnerable people are better protected.

Our approach

In September 2019, the Centre set its five-year strategy, with the following goals for 2024:

1. We will have a respected and widely used quality assurance function that has increased the quantity and quality of risk financing products and services.

2. Our effective technical assistance and capacity building will have supported high risk, vulnerable countries to make better risk management decisions.

3. We will be internationally recognised as driving change through evidence, experimentation and learning which will strengthen the global evidence base on risk financing.

4. Through advocacy and influencing, we will have improved the quality and quantity of risk financing through the multilateral system.

We are the managing agent for the Centre. We provide the Director of Operations, a team for project and office management and administrative support, a monitoring, evaluation and learning team, gender equality and social inclusion thematic lead, and communications and production team. We maintain a pool of internal and external consultants that provide thematic expertise in the Centre’s work.