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How insurance helps to build resilience against natural disasters

Natural disasters are predicted to occur more frequently and with higher intensity due to climate change. The poor and vulnerable in developing countries are the ones who have contributed least to the causes of climate change, yet are the ones who will suffer the most and the ones who are least able to adequately prepare for natural disasters. When a disaster occurs, the poor and vulnerable often rely on humanitarian aid which is not able to adequately address their needs.

The global system of humanitarian aid is based on ex post disaster risk management with disaster plans in lack of guaranteed funding. As a consequence, disaster responses are unpredictable, delayed and insufficient which causes underinvestment in risk reduction and preparedness, leading to hardship and loss of life.

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