Nokia recognized for pioneering work with Save the Children in India
In a world where disasters – both natural and manmade – are increasing in frequency, the most vulnerable communities are those with a reduced capacity to cope with such dangers given their socio-economic situation. India has some of the most vulnerable communities in the world, affected by earthquakes, floods and droughts and a population of 1,3 billion people.
Rapid population growth and high population densities, poverty and unequal access to public services and infrastructure have only compounded the problem. Children are often affected most as their education, nutrition, safety and overall care and protection is jeopardized.
DRR activities focus largely on preparedness, prevention and mitigation of disaster related risks. Social protection, on the other hand provides life sustaining support such as access to cash and food transfers and government insurance that enables people to absorb the knock-on effects of disasters and is expected to help in early recovery of the affected population. While DRR knowledge is life-saving, access to social protection schemes is life-sustaining. This combined approach helps prevent disaster losses from causing further social issues such as removing children from school and sending them to work, or selling off productive assets. Technology will also play a key role in providing the solution for targeting, tracking, linking and distribution of social protection entitlements, while enabling timely response during disaster.
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