Disaster Preparedness

May 18, 2021
Enhancing Colombian Cities’ Resilience through Insurance for Climate Risks and Natural Disasters Launch of a public-private partnership project on disaster risk management and insurance in Medellin as potential blue-print for other Colombian and Latin American cities to increase climate disaster resilience of the vulnerable populations Frankfurt am Main, Medellín, 10. May 2021 About half of the economic losses due to natural disasters in Colombia are caused by floods, followed by earthquakes and landslides. At the same time, however there are no adequate insurance products available on the market protecting Colombia's urban population against the disastrous effects of these hazards. The international humanitarian assistance and sustainable development organization... Read more
Dec 02, 2020
By This article was originally published on the Devex website. The multifaceted dimension of risk in Haiti has made it difficult for humanitarian and development organizations to operate in a traditional framework that sees organizations in sectors such as health, water and sanitation, or disaster relief working in isolation from each other. Institutions including the World Bank have been promoting urban resilience as a cross-sector framework that could help mitigate risks, while building the capacity of cities to withstand crises. Yet resilience-building usually... Read more
Aug 20, 2020
Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have implemented community-driven humanitarian assistance programs for decades, responding to the needs of millions of families in countries around the globe. From natural disasters, to armed conflict, to social and economic upheaval, we are there to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people affected by crisis. We work in partnership with a range of community stakeholders, both public and private, to enable communities to recover from crisis, rebuild safely, and restart livelihoods sooner, laying the foundation for long-term recovery. Global Communities, known locally as CHF International, has deep roots in Lebanon, where we have worked to... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
Jul 11, 2018
Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson Team Up to Promote Resilience for Vulnerable Communities Exposed to Weather and Climate-related Risks July 11th, 2018, Berlin, Germany — Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson announced today that they are partnering to promote resilience for communities that are susceptible to weather-related risks. The partnership will jointly apply to KfW, the German government-owned development bank’s, InsuResilience Solutions Fund to enable insurance solutions for municipalities in Colombia that are among the most vulnerable and exposed to natural hazards. While national frameworks for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation exist, capacity at the local government and... Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Booklet: My Home as a Safe Space / Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro The Knowledge and Risk Reduction Program, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, helped families to ensure their homes are safe places in the event of a natural disaster, such as floods and mudslides. The program was implemented in Medellin, Colombia. One aspect was the "Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro" campaign “My home as a safe space,” which equipped families with a helpful booklet full of information and practices for ensuring their homes are resilient. The booklet was complemented by a poster designed for display in a home, which shows how many steps toward safety each home has taken.... Read more
Oct 20, 2016
Global Communities Programs in Haiti Global Communities began working in Haiti in 2006 to promote stability by creating jobs and rehabilitating much-needed infrastructure. In response to the devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti in January 2010, Global Communities implemented projects focusing on rubble removal, restoring livelihoods through cash-for-work, construction of transitional shelters and rebuilding of a neighborhood for those displaced by the disaster. Global Communities continues to help earthquake-affected residents through housing reconstruction and neighborhood-based urban planning.  Read more ... Read more
Aug 16, 2016
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A march to promote clean neighborhoods and the start of the awareness campaign against waste. Promoting Better Sanitation and Waste Management for Healthier Communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Christ-Roi, Cité Choune, and Ravine Pintade are three neighborhoods straddling the Nicolas Ravine, located in the heart of Port-Au-Prince, suffering from poor WASH and waste management practices. Trash, organic material, plastic, rubble and raw sewage densely litter the ravine, roads and walkways in these neighborhoods where sewage systems and waste management infrastructure are lacking. Education programs on environmental matters have been ineffective and inconsistent. Toilets drain into the street and waste blocks drains preventing the flow of water leading to stagnant, dirty... Read more
Feb 04, 2016
Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance From natural disasters to armed conflicts, Global Communities provides humanitarian assistance to people in need. We partner with affected communities to provide immediate relief in ways that enable communities to quickly recover, build back more safely, and restart livelihoods sooner. In the process of providing immediate assistance, we develop innovative programs that consider the longterm recovery of a community. Our assistance focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding homes and neighborhoods to help families recover from the trauma of disaster and conflict. Our work focuses on four main areas: Food Security and... Read more
Aug 17, 2015
Humanitarian Assistance From natural disasters to armed conflicts, Global Communities provides humanitarian assistance to people in need. We partner with affected communities to provide immediate relief in ways that enable communities to quickly recover, build back more safely, and restart livelihoods sooner. In the process of providing immediate assistance, we develop innovative programs that consider the long-term recovery of a community. Our assistance focuses on restarting livelihoods, increasing access to financial services, rebuilding homes and neighborhoods, and providing psychosocial support to help families recover from the trauma of disaster and conflict. Our work focuses on four main areas: Shelter and... Read more
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