The impacts of natural disasters and complex emergencies have been
increasing over recent decades, putting the humanitarian system under
considerable pressure. The costs of humanitarian crises are also growing
– not only do disasters and complex emergencies result in significant
economic losses, but they also require mobilization of large amounts of
humanitarian aid from the international community.
It is widely held that, broadly speaking, investment in early response
and/or building the resilience of communities to cope with risk in
disaster prone regions is more cost-effective than the ever-mounting
humanitarian response. Yet little solid data exists to support this
claim, and there is a clear need for a greater evidence base to support
The UK Government commissioned an independent study to contribute to
filling these evidence gaps. This report presents the findings from the
country study on Bangladesh, and sits within a suite of reports within
the Economics of Early Response and Resilience (TEERR) Series.
Cabot Venton, C.; Shitarek, T.; Coulter, L.; Dooley, O. The Economics of Early Response and Resilience: Lessons from Ethiopia. (2013) 46 pp.
The Economics of Early Response and Resilience: Lessons from Ethiopia.