• Scale and footprint

    Collaborate, promote, and incorporate prevention and resilience tools for enterprises

  • Usability and adaptability

    Cost effective and easy to deploy measures that require minimal supervision
  • A community of users

    By engaging a wide range of partners, in a way that applies specifically to their needs and context, we can ensure the dissemination of best practices.

Why is the Toolkit Necessary?

Worldwide, the frequency and severity of disasters has increased and is forecast to continue rising. Between 1996 and 2016, almost 8,500 disasters were recorded across the globe.  And over the last two decades, economic losses resulting from disasters have amounted to US$2.7 trillion, costing the global economy about US$140 billion each year.

Disasters can result in both direct and indirect losses that could impact small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

  • Direct losses include the destruction of assets and stocks.
  • Indirect losses are associated with the disruption of supply chains and enterprise networks, including negative impacts on clients, partners, suppliers and customers.

Currently, few tools exist to assist SMEs to manage their business in disaster-affected regions and to cope with disaster related risks. While SME owners and managers may have informal and instinctive ways of dealing with disaster risks, often risk mitigation actions are not sufficiently thorough and sudden changes in disaster dynamics leaves businesses at the risk of closure.

This suite of tools will assist small and medium enterprises to better manage their operations in disaster affected zones. They will enable businesses to quickly assess and understand how their vulnerability may be changing, make prudent decisions about whether additional management actions are required in the future, and support them in implementation of risk mitigation actions.

Who should use the toolkit?

The toolkits should be used by:

Smaller enterprises may only have they capacity to use the easy to use self-assessment and specific SME TOOL.

Medium sized and larger firms may be us the wider suite of material in a more structured way.

  • small, medium and large businesses that operate near or in conflict affected zones
  • businesses in zones that are at risk of violence, to plan for a rapid escalation of violence
  • enterprises and their workers


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