Can’t Afford to Wait

Why Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation plans in Asia are still failing millions of people

Publication date: 6 November 2014
Author: Steph Cousins, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Advocacy Lead

Climate-related disasters and food crises are devastating thousands of lives and holding back development across Asia.

A year after the devastating super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Oxfam is calling for governments across Asia to increase efforts to address these challenges – and for them to be backed by regional and global institutions and with fair contributions from wealthy countries.

Greater investment is needed in development that is resilient to climate change and disasters, and more effective assistance is needed for those at risk. Without it, disasters on the scale of super-typhoon Haiyan could fast become the norm, not the exception.