What we can learn from the impact of Covid-19
The pandemic shows that there has been a lack of commitment by governments towards understanding and addressing risk. Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is lagging behind.
Disaster risk is not integrated across sectors. A clear example of this is the cascading effects of Covid-19 on the economic sector, on food security and employment.
The impacts of Covid-19, as for all disasters, are felt disproportionately by the poor and people most at risk.
Local realities do not inform DRR policies, which makes them ineffective. Understanding risk from a local perspective is essential to plan for an effective response and to lessen the impact of cascading disasters.
Life under Covid-19 is becoming a new normal: building resilience and taking a risk-informed approach to development is more pressing, but also more difficult. Some countries are already experiencing the challenges of preparing and responding to multiple disasters in the context of Covid-19.