Whilst the negotiations over finance for DRR are deadlocked, Terry Gibson discovers from conversations with people at the frontline and Washington funders that an alternative might be direct finance to the frontline . . .
Two phrases with special meaning: 'international cooperation' and 'common but differentiated responsibilities' keep the negotiations over the new framework for Disaster Risk Reduction "going round and round, going no-where" says Terry Gibson in his latest blog from Sendai.
Having attended the GAR 2015 report launch and the GAR for Tablet app that allows for colourful infographics and visualisations of disasters and impacts, Terry Gibson felt we are still "surrounded by dinosaurs" who talk about 'natural disasters'. But no disaster is natural, only weather events are. And while we "still hear people talking as if the only disasters of concern are the large scale events", says Terry, GNDR's "own data, GAR's and others' shows that a large majority of disasters are small scale, recurrent, resulting from the complex interaction of many factors." The knowledge everyday heroes hold of the everyday disasters they face "is the missing piece without which big data and 3D visualisations won't make a difference to the billions of people most affected by disasters."
"After the pomp and ostentation of the WCDRR opening ceremony, the dividing lines between powerful and powerless are no more clearly drawn than here, where VIPs sweep up to the entrance whilst the more ordinary file in by the clogged high security queues and civil society representatives have very few seats at the table. Yet, those dividing lines of power and powerlessness, which are a mere nuisance at this conference, are what shape the consequences of climate change and other threats for billions worldwide."