This report examines therelationship between disasters and poverty.
Extremeweather linked to climate change is increasing and will likely cause more disasters.Such disasters, especially those linked to drought, can be the most important causeof impoverishment, cancelling progress on poverty reduction.
Up to325 million extremely poor people will be living in the 49 most hazard-prone countriesin 2030, the majority in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The11 countries most at risk of disaster induced poverty are Bangladesh,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria,Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Disasterrisk management should be a key component of poverty reduction efforts, focusingon protecting livelihoods as well as saving lives. There is a need to identifyand then act where the poor and disaster risks are most concentrated.
Thepost-2015 development goals must include targets on disasters and climatechange, recognising the threat they pose to the headline goal of eradicatingextreme poverty by 2030.