The Zurich Flood Resilience Program is an innovative initiative that includes Zurich Insurance, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Practical Action to identify innovative and cost-effective ways to implement disaster risk reduction efforts at the community, national and global levels for resilience against flooding.

  • IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, a scientific research institute founded in 1972, conducts independent policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. IIASA’s mission is to provide scientific insight and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and to protect the environment. IIASA has a long and successful history of developing systems-based integrated solutions and policy advice for some of the world’s most pressing problems, including energy resources, climate change, environmental pollution, population demographics, land use and sustainable development, risk and resilience. IIASA is a partner of Zurich Flood Alliance with a vision to provide solutions and policy advice on Flood resilience.

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  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network was founded in 1919 and comprises 189 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies, provides assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The IFRC's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. In Zurich Flood alliance, the deep disaster preparedness expertise of the IFRC will help to achieve a significant impact on communities at risk from floods, and will help reduce the devastating effects and maximize the community impact of the program.

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  • Practical Action

    Practical Action is an international non-governmental development organization that uses technology to solve the problems of poverty in developing countries. It provides technical innovation on the ground, and the mechanisms for sharing learning from those innovations. It has a robust track record in disaster risk reduction and preparedness activities, and its contribution is expected to strengthen the Alliance’s ability to support and build the resilience of vulnerable flood-prone communities. Its approach is guided by Vulnerability to Resistance framework (V2R). This framework sets out key interconnected factors that contribute to peoples' vulnerability:

    • Exposure to hazards and stresses
    • Fragile livelihoods
    • Future uncertainty
    • Weak governance

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  • Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

    The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center of the University of Pennsylvania has for three decades been at the forefront of basic and applied research to promote effective corporate and public policies for dealing with natural and man-made disasters. Building on the disciplines of economics, insurance, marketing, psychology and decision sciences, the Center’s research program at the renowned Wharton School aims to better understand and propose ways that individuals and organizations, both private and governmental, can make better decisions regarding risk. Providing expertise and a neutral environment for discussion, the Center team is also concerned with training decision makers and promoting a dialogue among industry, government, interest groups and academics through research and policy publications and through sponsored seminars and forums. Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation. Through the collaboration with Zurich Flood Alliance partners, the Wharton Risk Center is assessing research gaps on flood resilience in order to remove obstacles to disaster risk reduction and create new knowledge and implementing effective solutions.

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  • Zurich Insurance Group

    Zurich is one of the world most experienced and leading multi- line insurance provider, founded in Switzerland in 1872 operating globally and locally with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized, and large companies as well as multinational corporations. With the mission to help customers to understand and protect themselves from risk, the Zurich team scans the risk landscape to identify emerging risks and uses expertise to help protect communities.

    An increase in severe flooding around the world has focused greater attention on finding practical ways to address flood risk management. Therefore, Zurich Insurance Group launched a global flood resilience program in 2013. The program aims to advance knowledge, develop robust expertise and design strategies that can be implemented to help communities in developed and developing countries strengthen their resilience to flood risk which takes innovative approach that links academic insights, humanitarian sector capabilities and skills and knowledge to enhance community resilience to flooding. To achieve these objectives, Zurich has entered into a multi-year alliance with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center (Wharton) in the USA and the international non-governmental organization Practical Action.

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