Delivery Challenges

Delivery Challenge: Natural disasters

Challenges stemming from natural disasters.

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Percentage of Projects with Natural disasters

  • Less than 25%
  • 25 - 50%
  • 50 - 75%
  • More than 75%

Any information shown on this map do not imply, on the part of the Global Delivery Initiative, any judgment or endorsement on the status of any territory.

Case study
Introduction Farmers in Isabela, a province in the Philippines, have long suffered from natural disasters such as flooding and drought. In recent years, climate change has made life even more difficult for farmers in the area. Droughts lasted longer, typhoons became more frequent, and the timing of seasons varied unexpectedly, making it difficult for farmers to predict rainfall. Most farmers in the region depended solely on rainfall to cultivate crops, which meant they could harvest only once a year. As a consequence, farms had low productivity, and many farmers struggled to get by. In 2009, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Republic of Korea’s international aid organization, launched the East Asia Climate Partnership (EACP), and the Philippines became a partner...
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This case study is one of the five winning entries from the 2019 GDI Case Study Competition. On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the most devastating natural disaster in the country’s recent history. On March 18, the World Bank approved a US$65 million project that combined early relief and recovery actions with long-term reconstruction planning to rebuild key Haitian institutions and infrastructure. The project faced an urgent need for action, but the application of business-as-usual processes and requirements for project preparation could have slowed the implementation of project activities needed to meet the immediate needs of Haiti after the earthquake. Moreover, in the aftermath of the earthquake, local capacity had effectively collapsed. Development...
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Malaïka Bécoulet is a Transport Specialist in the World Bank’s Transport & Digital Development Global Practice working on rural access, sustainable mobility, and resilience. Bécoulet began working at the World Bank in 2013 focusing on rural roads and climate resilient infrastructure projects in Haiti. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked for the European Development Fund on capacity building, and before that on risk identification and mitigation in water and sanitation. Bécoulet has a Master’s in Risk Management from Sciences Po Bordeaux.  
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Jordy Chan is a Consultant for the World Bank’s Transport & Digital Development Global Practice. He currently works on Haiti where his focus is on improving connectivity, rural accessibility, and resilience, as well as urban mobility. Prior to this position, Chan worked in outreach and partnership development for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Haiti, as a Project Finance Analyst at Natixis in Paris, and as a Temporary for the World Bank focusing on improving transportation in Sub-Saharan Africa, most notably on a pilot state and peacebuilding road infrastructure project in the Central African Republic. Jordy holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Development from the Paris School of Economics and an engineering degree from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
After Ebola in West Africa. Copyright Emily Coppel, BRAC; all rights reserved.
Case study
In July 2014, at the height of the Ebola virus disease outbreak, BRAC’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Liberia and Sierra Leone were confronted with two competing scenarios of how to move forward. Path one: revise operations in a challenging, volatile situation and press on, despite the threat to staff and clients’ health. Path two: pause operations, establish protocols to protect staff, clients and relationships, but risk long-term recovery and customer retention. As the crisis escalated, there were several contributing factors that made it irresponsible—and therefore in BRAC’s eyes, impossible—to continue operating. The economic situation worsened and a state of emergency was declared in each country. Markets shut down and clients’ businesses struggled to stay afloat. Restrictions...
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Doyle Gallegos is the World Bank's Lead ICT Policy Specialist. In this role, Mr. Gallegos leads the Bank’s telecommunications policy and regulatory agenda, regional backbone and rural connectivity programs, and implementation of PPPs in client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Advisor and as a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and US. Mr. Gallegos also has held VP level positions with telecom start-up and emerging business enterprises. Mr. Gallegos has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University.
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Maitreyi Bordia Das is the World Bank's Global Lead for Social Inclusion. Based in Washington DC, she works on issues of inequality and exclusion and on the design and implementation of social policy and programs. Among other publications, Maitreyi is also the lead author of the 2013 report, "Inclusion Matters: The Foundation for Shared Prosperity"​ and most recently of "Scaling the Heights: Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Himachal Pradesh"​. She started her career as a lecturer in St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, has been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies and worked as advisor to the United Nations Development Program. She has a PhD in Sociology (Demography) from the University of...
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As Practice Manager in the Social Protection, Labor and Jobs Global Practice, Hana Brixi leads the engagement in the MNA region. Prior to this position, she led the Global Solutions Group on Public Service Delivery in the Governance Global Practice, and served as Program Leader for the Gulf countries and Lead Economist for Human Development in the MNA region. In her career, Hana has been advancing World Bank engagement on human development, governance and public finance especially in the MNA, East Asia and Europe & Central Asia regions. Based in China during 2001-10, she also served as World Health Organization’s Coordinator for Health Sector Development and UNICEF Social Policy Chief, and she taught as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and...
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Jonathan Coony is the Global Lead for Green Competitiveness at the World Bank. He co-leads the organization’s work to support private sector in developing countries to successfully compete in growing climate-related sectors with a focus on innovation. Previously he was the Program Coordinator of the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) at the World Bank. During his tenure, the program scaled considerably to establish a network of seven Climate Innovation Centers to support firms to innovate commercial climate solutions for local markets and grow their businesses. Over this time, the CTP brought in five donor partners with over $70 m committed. Jonathan has also worked in the World Bank energy sector. Prior to the World Bank, Jonathan worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA...
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Bill Kingdom is the Global Lead for Water Supply and Sanitation in the Water Global Practice of the World Bank. During his career in the sector he has worked extensively in South and East Asia, the Middle East, UK, USA, and Canada. He has led urban and rural water supply and sanitation investment projects, supported regulators, provided policy advice and implemented a number of innovative PPP projects including small town and performance based leakage reduction contracts in Vietnam, wastewater operations contracts in Canada and a novel approach to deliver 24/7 water supplies in India. He has authored many papers including on the characteristics of well-run utilities, the role of aggregation in service delivery, performance based leakage control, and the challenges of measuring...
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Emily Sinnott is a senior economist in the Human Development Economics Unit of the European and Central Asia Department of the World Bank and co-author of the flagship report "Natural Resources in Latin America and the Caribbean: Beyond Booms and Busts?" Prior to joining the World Bank she worked in the Ministry of Finance of Guyana. Emily holds a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute.
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Susan Wong is the World Bank’s Global Lead for Community-Driven Development (CDD). She has led and worked on some of the largest CDD and local government programs in the world including in Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, India, Afghanistan, and Morocco. Her specialties are in the areas of: monitoring and evaluation, CDD and local governance, social safeguards, and operations. Susan has published on topics related to monitoring and evaluation, political economy, and community-driven development, and led one of the largest randomized impact evaluations in the world from 2007-2010 in Indonesia. Susan joined the World Bank in 2002 and has served as Social Development Program/Sector Manager, Social Development Sector Coordinator in Indonesia, and Lead Specialist. Prior to...
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Tara Vishwanath is a Lead Economist in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group of the World Bank. She coordinates work in the region on poverty, gender and impact evaluation. Prior to joining MENA, she led the poverty group in the South Asia region. Before joining the World Bank, she was a Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University.
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Shomik Raj Mehndiratta is a Lead Transport Specialist working in the World Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean region based in Washington DC. He is working on transport and climate issues across countries in the region. He has been at the World Bank since 2002 and in the period 2007-2010 he lived and worked in China. He is co-editor and author of an edited book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China. Prior to the World Bank he worked at CRA International, a business and economics consulting firm, based out of Boston MA. Shomik is an Indian national, and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
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As the Global Leader for Sustainable Infrastructure and Services at the World Bank Group, Paul hopes to be able to provide value and help cities deal with their enormous challenges by successfully integrating the planning, social, technical and financial aspects of urban development. Recent changes such as large migration and extreme weather events require new and innovative solutions in the urban space. Paul has more than 20 years of experience in urban development and infrastructure projects in large, medium and small cities. He has identified, prepared and executed large-scale investment programs for the World Bank targeting urban and rural infrastructure all across the world. Over this time, he has demonstrated that providing attention to details can significantly improve results and...
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Ms. Carvajal is a specialist in the subject of negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. She obtained her MBA with an emphasis on Marketing at the University of San Diego in California and holds a degree in Law from the University of Costa Rica. Her work over the last decade has provided her with extensive experience in the area of public service. She has specialized in Alternative Conflict Resolution Methods and is currently a member of the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje y Conciliación Comercial (International Center for Arbitration and Commercial Conciliation). She was a member of Road Safety Committee, which is led by the Fundación Internacional de Automovilismo (International Automobile Foundation). As Minister of Public Works and Transportation in Costa Rica she achieved a...
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Omar Arias is the Practice Lead Economist of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice and Global Lead for skills at the World Bank. Previously he was acting Sector Manager and Lead Economist in the Human Development Economics Unit for the World Bank Europe and Central Asia region; the sector leader of Human Development for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela; a senior economist in the Poverty and Gender Group of the Latin American region; and a research economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been a co-author of various analytical studies, including recent regional reports on pensions (“The Inverting Pyramid: Pension Systems Facing Demographic Challenges in Europe and Central Asia”) and jobs ("Back to Work: Growing with Jobs in Europe and Central Asia...
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Daria Taglioni is a lead economist in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of The World Bank Group and the Global Solutions Lead for Global Value Chains. Her experience in economic policy analysis covers issues of trade, international competitiveness, globalization, and the links between financial markets and trade. Prior to joining the World Bank, Daria worked at the European Central Bank, and at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She holds a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
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R. Mukami Kariuki, is currently the World Bank, Sector Manager for Urban Development and Services in East and Southern Africa; and thematic coordinator for Urban Development in Africa. An Urban and Regional Planner by training, she has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of decentralization, local capacity building, urban/regional development planning, and infrastructure and service delivery. Her work experience spans several continents and a range of urban sector priorities including slum upgrading, disaster management, local government and decentralization; it includes specialization in the water sector, including pro-poor water supply and sanitation services, local and small private service providers, services for small towns. She has written or contributed to a number of...