Knowledge Note

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and at the center of the Pacific cyclone belt, Vanuatu is exposed to one of the world’s highest levels of natural disaster risk. Following the destructive Tropical Cyclone Pam that swept across the Pacific nation in March 2015, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank quickly mobilized to respond. In response, GFDRR, in partnership with the World Bank, United Nations, the European Union, and the Secretariat of Pacific Communities supported the government of Vanuatu has been conducting a post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) which provided comprehensive recommendations for funding recovery and reconstruction.