“In recent years, typhoons have struck the Philippines and Vanuatu; earthquakes have rocked Haiti, Pakistan, and Nepal; floods have swept through Pakistan and Mozambique; droughts have hit Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia; and more. All led to loss of life and loss of livelihoods. Responses were often late, underfunded and poorly coordinated, and recovery will take years.
Do extreme events have to turn into disasters with huge loss of lives and suffering? Can we learn from insurance, and use innovative risk financing instruments to improve our responses? Our expert panel – consisting of humanitarian and development thinkers, policy makers and practitioners, and insurance experts – will debate the risks and opportunities that may arise from using new financing mechanisms. Professor Stefan Dercon and Daniel J. Clarke will also draw upon their recent book Dull Disasters.
This will be followed by a Q&A and a drinks reception.”
An event held by the Blavatnik School of Government in association with Oxford University Press and the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Open to all, but registration essential: details here.
Illustrative photo: NOAA