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World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

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Rasmus Heltberg
- Lead Evaluation Officer, Global Programs, The World Bank
Kyla Wethli
- Chapter Author, World Development Report,The World Bank


Alison Evans
- Independent Consultant and former Director of ODI
Stefan Dercon
- Chief Economist, DFID

Andrew Norton
- Director of Research, ODI


​ODI are delighted to host the World Bank for the UK launch of the 2014 World Development Report 2014:risk and opportunity: managing risk for development.

The world has suffered a multitude of crises in recent years. Financial and economic turmoil have disrupted the world economy through loss of income, jobs, and social stability. Intense natural disasters have devastated communities from Haiti to Japan. Concerns about global warming have grown, as have fears about the spread of deadly contagious diseases. How can people, communities, and countries become more resilient to such risks?

No less important are the missed development opportunities that arise when necessary risks are not taken. Many people, and especially the poor, are often reluctant to take the risks necessary to pursue opportunity because they fear the negative consequences. Failure to act can trap people in poverty, leaving them vulnerable to negative shocks and even less able to pursue opportunities that could improve their well-being.

The WDR 2014 argues that the inability to manage risk properly poses significant obstacles to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. It shows that effective risk management can be a powerful instrument for development by saving lives, averting economic losses, unleashing opportunities, and helping people build better, more secure futures.  

The WDR 2014 calls for individuals and institutions to move from being “crisis fighters” to becoming “proactive and systematic risk managers.” It provides abundant evidence that recognizing and preparing for risk pays off. Recognizing that people face obstacles in managing risk, however, it argues that risk management requires shared action and responsibility at different levels of society, from the household to the international community.

For more information and to download the Report, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/wdr2014

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