Today’s global landscape is fraught with interconnected and often devastating covariate shocks such as natural disasters, economic crises, pandemics, conflicts, and forced displacement. In the last 50 years, natural disasters have followed an increasing trend in terms of occurrence and human devastation (figure O.1). Climate change is expected to exacerbate these trends and, without climate-informed development, to push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 (Hallegatte et al. 2016). Forced displacement also has hit record highs in recent years, with an estimated 20 persons fleeing their homes every 60 seconds and more than 64 million people being displaced worldwide in 2016 (UNHCR 2016). In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is providing a vivid reminder of the devastating potential impact of pandemics on the lives and livelihoods of those who are directly and indirectly affected.
SOURCE: Bowen, T. del Ninno, C. Andrews, C. Coll-Black, S. et al. “Adaptive Social Protection: Building Resilience to Shocks.”International Development in Focus, 2020.
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