Today, the world is facing unprecedented crises and growing challenges. A total of 574 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, 116, or 20 percent, of which occurred in Africa. These disasters affected 108 million people globally, 31 million (29 percent) in Africa alone. In 2015, 32,550 people were killed as a result of disasters, compared to 14,389 in 2014. In addition, the total amount of disaster estimated damage in 2015 was almost US$ 70.3 million. To download the infographic, click here.
2015 was the hottest on record, with 32 major droughts across the world, which is double the ten-year average. Drought, worsened by the effects of El Niño, has affected 40 million people, more than the entire population of Uganda. Furthermore, an estimated 23 million people are in need of emergency assistance. The threat of disasters, worsened by swelling populations, increased urbanisation and climate change, has elevated strengthening resilience to becoming a global priority.
However, total development assistance for disasters only constitutes a small fraction of the US$ 3.3 trillion total international aid finance, and the US$ 13.6 billion spent on disaster risk reduction accounts for just 0.4% of the total amount spent on international aid. Essentially, for every US$ 100 spent on development aid, just 40 cents was invested in defending that aid from the impact of disasters.