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Natural disasters : what is the role for social safety nets? (English)

This paper makes the case for why safety nets are an important tool for managing the risk of natural hazards. The use of safety nets is advocated both ex ante, to prevent and mitigate the impact of natural disaster and ex post, to cope with the impacts of natural shocks. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 59699 FEB 01, 2011

Pelham, Larissa; Clay, Edward; Braunholz, Tim Disclosed

Understanding the economic and financial impacts of natural disasters (English)

The study described here examines the short- and long-term economic, and financial impacts of natural disasters. It relies in part, on in-depth case studies of overall sensitivity to natural hazards in the small island economy of Dominica; public finance consequences of disasters in Bangladesh; and, the economic consequences of climatic variability, and the use of climatic forecasting in Malawi and southern Africa. ... See More +

Publication 28406 MAR 01, 2004

Benson, Charlotte; Clay, Edward J.; Baker, Alice [editor];

Malawi and Southern Africa : climatic variability and economic performance (English)

The study takes the 2002 food crisis in Malawi as its context and uses evidence up to 2001; reassess the economic consequences in Malawi and Southern Africa more generally of climatic variability in the light of experience such as the El Nino event in 1997/98, and takes stock of the current capacity of climatic forecasting and progress in research to review the range of potentially useful outcomes, and the institutional capacity and financing issues which arise if effective use is to be made of strengthened forecasting ability. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 25902 MAR 31, 2003

Clay, Edward; Bohn, Louise; de Armas, Enrique Blanco; Kabambe, Singand; Tchale, Hardwick

Bangladesh : disasters and public finance (English)

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Physical hazards that could potentially cause considerable loss of life and catastrophic physical damage and disruption to society and the national economy include exceptionally widespread riverine flooding, severe tropical cyclones and associated coastal storm surges, drought and earthquakes. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 26280 NOV 30, 2002

Benson, Charlotte; Clay, Edward

Dominica : natural disasters and economic development in a small island state (English)

This country study of Dominica is the first of three studies undertaken as part of a broader research project aimed at increasing understanding of the wider economic and financial impacts of natural disasters; factors determining the vulnerability of hazard-prone economies; and opportunities for mitigation. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 24153 OCT 31, 2001

Benson, Charlotte; Clay, Edward; Michael, Franklyn V.; Robertson, Alastair W.

The impact of drought on sub-Saharan African economies - a preliminary examination (English)

This paper arose out of interest in the broader implications of droughts in African countries and in particular, the droughts of Southern Africa in the mid-1990s. ... See More +

Publication WTP401 MAR 31, 1998

Benson, Charlotte; Clay, Edward