About the Program
Since the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, which led to nearly 73,000 deaths and caused damages to over 570,000 houses, the Bank has been supporting the Government of Pakistan to shift from a response-based to a more pro-active risk management approach.
The urgency and importance to address Disaster Risk Management (DRM) holistically was further highlighted in the aftermath of the unprecedented 2010 floods, which affected over 20 million people and almost 20% of the total landmass of the country.
Initially, the Bank provided technical assistance to the government to highlight physical and fiscal risks from hazards. This included undertaking risk assessments for federal and provincial capitals, as well as a national-level fiscal disaster risk assessment report. In parallel, the Bank also used grant resources to build the capacity of Provincial Disaster Management Authority Balochistan, through the Balochistan Disaster Management Fund.