Strengthening the climate resilience portfolio of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

Climate change is an amplifier of natural hazards and a threat to human lives, sustainable development and poverty reduction. The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank aims to substantially increase investments in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Building on Switzerland’s role as champion and custodian of climate resilience within GFDRR, it will support climate mainstreaming in all GFDRR activities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR
01.12.2020 - 30.11.2024
CHF  8’000’000
Background  In 2019, 396 natural disasters were recorded with 11,755 deaths, 95 million people affected and 103 billion USD in economic losses across the world. Climate change is a major driver and amplifier of natural hazards and a growing threat to human lives, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Seven out of the ten countries most affected by extreme weather events are in the developing world. Failure to act on mitigating and adapting to climate change threatens to unravel development gains accumulated over decades, potentially pushing an additional 165 mio people into extreme poverty by 2030.
Objectives GFDRR’s vision is a world where resilient societies manage and adapt to ever-changing disaster and climate risk, and where the human and economic impact of disasters is reduced. Its mission is to facilitate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, by ensuring that all WB supported development policies, plans, and investments are designed to minimize disaster risks and build the resilience of people and economies to climate change.
Target groups

The world’s most at-risk population, mainly in low and middle-income countries, and particularly in least developed countries, small island developing states and countries with mountain regions.

In-country engagements operate across six regions: Africa; East Asia and Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East and North Africa; and South Asia.

GFDRR’s analytical and knowledge products have a global reach for investment decision makers. Most specifically, they target decision makers at national levels in developing countries and WB country offices that prepare investments loans.

Medium-term outcomes

·     Evidence and knowledge on effective disaster and climate resilience approaches are shared for improved policy and practice.

·     Risk-informed development is adopted at national, subnational, and community level, using integrated and participatory approaches.

·     Governments in vulnerable countries have access to additional investments for scaling up disaster and climate resilience.

-    Disaster preparedness and resilience recovery capacity is increased at national, subnational, and community level.


Expected results:  

Key outputs of GFDRR

·     Risk-informed DRM: 2’500 hazard, exposure and risk datasets developed.

·     Promoting resilient infrastructure: 200’000 classrooms made safer from disasters.

·     Strengthening hydromet services and early warning systems: 100 million beneficiaries.

Specific outputs for the GPCCE contribution

·     Deepening engagements in resilience to climate change: USD 3 billion of climate resilience investments enabled and influenced by GFDRR assistance

·     Nature Based solutions (NBS): Guidelines and design standards for implementation of NBS developed

·     New tools for risk-informed decision making under climate uncertainty launched and applied.

-    Climate resilience in mountain areas: Reduce risks of mountain specific hazards and increase resilience of vulnerable mountain communities and infrastructure. 

Results from previous phases:   GFDRR was founded by Switzerland and several other donor countries and international organisations in 2006 and has created large-scale impact so far. From 2014 – 2018, GPCCE financed GFDRR’s Resilience to Climate Change (RCC) Initiative that helped integrate climate risks into WBG operations and scale-up climate resilience in its Global Practices. In FY19, over 90 percent of GFDRR’s newly approved grants included climate considerations. The RCC initiative contributed to a new monitoring and evaluation system which includes markers for climate change risks and it supported the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 of the World Bank The RCC initiative has helped shape the design and implementation for a broad array of projects. Technical Assistance grants for a total value of US$10.8 million influenced a total investment of US$ 2.95 billion through 30 projects. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
  • World Bank - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Coordination with other projects and actors

Synergies can be exploited with the GPCCE portfolio in mountain areas on the global and regional level (Indian Himalayas, Andes, Central Asia, East Africa).

Strong complementarity to CREWS, co-financed by GPCCE and co-implemented by GFDRR. Synergies with IUCN core support in the area of Nature Based Solutions.

Strong coordination with SDC Multi-H for joint inputs in the Consultative Group. Coordination with totally 18 donors.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    8’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    5’000’000