by Theodore Talbot and The Payout for Perils Working Group
Center for Global Development, 2017
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Millions of people face hazards like cyclones and drought every day. International aid to deal with disasters after they strike is generous, but it is unpredictable and fragmented, and it often fails to arrive when it would do the most good. We must stop treating disasters like surprises. Matching finance to planning today will save lives, money, and time tomorrow. So why do we keep treating disasters like surprises?