This report examines the relationship between disasters and poverty. The
report's key messages are:
- Extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing and will likely
cause more disasters. Such disasters, especially those linked to
drought, can be the most important cause of impoverishment, cancelling
progress on poverty reduction.
- Up to 325 million extremely poor people will be living in the 49 most
hazard-prone countries in 2030, the majority in South Asia and
- The 11 countries most at risk of disaster-induced poverty are
Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
- Disaster risk management should be a key component of poverty
reduction efforts, focusing on protecting livelihoods as well as
saving lives. There is a need to identify and then act where the poor
and disaster risks are most concentrated.
- The post-2015 development goals must include targets on disasters and
climate change, recognising the threat they pose to the headline goal
of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.
Shepherd, A.; Mitchell, T.; Lewis, K.; Lenhardt, A.; Jones, L.; Scott, L.; Muir-Wood, R. The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030. ODI, London, UK (2013) xii + 72 pp. (+ technical annexes 58 pp.) [Executive summaries available in English, Spanish and French]
The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030