by Melany Markham, Aaron Aspi, Charles Kabena et al.
World Vision International, August 2016
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina, the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’. Over the last twenty years, 90 percent of disasters have been caused by floods, storms, heatwaves and other weather related events. A dollar invested in resilience, disaster risk reduction and early action can save around four dollars in emergency relief. Funding needs to support these kinds of programmes as well as humanitarian relief. It also needs to be multi-year and flexible – at least ten percent of development finance needs to be made available to manage climate risks.