16 October 2012

World Disasters Report 2012

Today, the IFRC launched the 2012 edition of its World Disasters Report.  This year's theme is "forced migration and displacement."  It was edited by Roger Zetter, former director of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).  Here is part of the description:
The report analyses the complex causes of forced migration and its consequences and impacts on displaced populations, their hosts and humanitarian actors. It looks at the significant gaps in humanitarian protection for ever-increasing numbers of forced migrants who do not fit into conventional categories of protection, and the public health challenges caused by forced displacement, particularly for women, children and those with mental ill-health problems. It examines the ‘urbanization’ of forced migration, the role of climate change and environmental factors in forced displacement and how new communications, information and social networking technologies are reshaping the links between aid providers and migrants. It also tracks humanitarian funding for forcibly displaced populations, as well as the positive and negative economic impacts they have on host communities and countries.

The report is provided as a complete PDF in English; alternatively, readers can access individual chapters via the special microsite established for WDR2012.  Also available is a "data dashboard," with statistical figures for specific disasters and their consequences, and a video section.

Summaries of the report can be retrieved in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

The Overseas Development Institute is hosting a launch event on 18 October 2012, in London and online.  Coverage can be followed via #DisasterReport on Twitter.

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