(45)Engineering a Solution for Disasters: The Promise of Resilient Infrastructure


World Bank Tokyo DRM Hub


Francis Ghesquiere
Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank
Jolanta Kryspin-Watson
Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank
Kiyoshi Murakami
Vice Mayor and Senior Executive Advisor at Rikuzentakata City


At the World Bank, investment in resilient infrastructure has averaged $2 billion annually over the last five years, creating a portfolio of more than 70 projects in over 35 countries. In addition, the Bank is working closely with the Government of Japan on scaling up investments in high-quality, disaster-resilient infrastructure through engagements financed under the "Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries."
In this context, the session will: (1) Discuss the importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into various sectors in developing countries and elaborate on opportunities, challenges and the lessons learnt to date; (2) Take an in-depth look at the role of resilient infrastructure in mitigating climate and disaster risks, especially across sectors like transportation, urban flood risk management, building regulation, and others; and, (3) Showcase how the World Bank is working closely with the Government of Japan through the "Japan-World Bank Program on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries" to scale up investments in high-quality disaster resilient infrastructure, with specific examples from the East Asia and Pacific Region.