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World Bank supports countries in dealing with natural disasters

World Bank Group has recently launched a series of initiatives aimed at addressing increasing occurrence of natural disasters in world.

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World Bank supports countries in dealing with natural disasters

The World Bank Group has recently launched a series of initiatives aimed at addressing the increasing occurrence of natural disasters around the world. These measures are designed to enhance the ability of countries to respond promptly and effectively to such crises and assist in their recovery.

Ajay Banga, the head of the World Bank, announced these plans during the Summit for a Global New Financial Deal underway in Paris.

The toolkit designed by the World Bank Group encompasses several key elements. First, the introduction of a flexible segment of climate loans will allow the most vulnerable countries to temporarily suspend debt payments during periods of crisis or disaster. This relief will ease the debt service burden and allow nations to prioritize meeting the immediate needs of their populations.

World Bank Group aims to give countries greater flexibility in reallocating funds to respond to emergency situations, ensuring quick access to financial assistance when a crisis occurs. This accelerated response option will allow countries to repurpose funds from long-term infrastructure projects to provide immediate disaster relief, thus strengthening their ability to deal with emergencies promptly.

The World Bank Group intends to help governments establish advanced emergency systems that equip them with the necessary resources to respond quickly from the onset of a crisis. This involves integrating investments in prevention and preparedness with funding for disaster and crisis response support. World Bank Group will enhance its expertise and analytical support, working closely with each country to design effective financial strategies for crisis preparedness and response.

The World Bank Group is refining its tools to better support private sector clients in crisis preparedness and response. This effort aims to enable businesses to maintain their operations, safeguard jobs, and foster resilience and long-term sustainability.

Through collaboration with the private insurance industry through the Insurance Development Forum, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency is developing an innovative parametric insurance product. In addition, the International Finance Corporation has created a private sector-led crisis response solution to help financial institutions manage the consequences of climate change-related natural disasters.

Finally, the World Bank Group is committed to building advanced disaster insurance mechanisms that provide vital resources without imposing additional debt burdens on countries. Countries will have the option of including disaster insurance in loan products, ensuring access to resources after disasters.

Recognizing that affordability can be a challenge for low-income countries, the World Bank Group aims to collaborate with donors to improve the accessibility of these insurance products. This may involve funding to lower insurance premiums, allowing countries with limited resources to benefit from increased disaster insurance coverage.

Taken together, these measures have the potential to mobilize billions of dollars for crisis response efforts in countries around the world. By equipping nations with the necessary tools, the World Bank Group strives to create a world free of poverty on a sustainable planet. Its initiatives are primarily focused on strengthening global preparedness, building resilience, and mitigating a wide range of risks.

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