During the launch of the Bank Group’s new Results, Measurement and Evidence Stream (RMES) last week, President Kim reminded the audience that even in a profession, such as medicine, that today is seen as deeply evidence based, the widespread use of results - rather than anecdote - began just 30 years ago. And the same is true in international development. Not so long ago, few people in the Bank Group could produce solid results data. 

The Bank Group's commitment to the RMES community of practice shows that having a cadre of trained professionals who are able to objectively monitor and evaluate results and produce evidence that informs future decisions is as important to achieving its goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity as the discipline has been in producing better health outcomes in the medical profession.

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While others still think climate change is a myth, according to IPCC and scientists worldwide, threat of climate change is no longer distant - climate is changing.  It is with us right now.  And that, 

  • Climate change is already affecting food supply
  • Great Barrier reef, native Australian species is in danger.  This is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) 
  • The poor and the vulnerable will suffer most from climate change.

Fighting effects of climate change and other natural hazards remain a daunting task with current interventions.  GIDE uses research-based evidence the proven way of helping key players in disaster management and other development initiatives.

The above image shows an aerial view from a Pakistan army rescue helicopter shows residents in a flood-affected area on the outskirts of Sukkur on August 9, 2010.  Around 13.8 million people have been affected by massive floods in Pakistan, making the scale of the disaster worse than the devastating 2004 tsunami, a UN official said.

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A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off northern Chile's coast on April 1, 2014, causing a tsunami and resulting in multiple deaths.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck 62 miles from Iquique, Chile and that sea level readings suggest that tsunami was generated from the quake.  A 6.9-foot wave was reported off Iquique. Tsunami warnings were initially issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS for multiple countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.   A tsunami bulletin warned: "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours." 

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In March, 2014, a major mudslide occurred 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Oso, Washington, United States, when a portion of an unstable hill collapsed, sending mud and debris across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, engulfing a rural neighborhood, and covering an area of approximately 1 square mile (2.6 km2). According to medical sources, 36 people had died and 10 people remained missing or unaccounted for. Excluding landslides caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes or dam collapses, this is the deadliest single landslide event in United States history.

Landslides are indeed a common natural hazard world wide.  Uganda over the past three years experienced landslides two times in the same area.

02.03. 2011 - A landslide swept the slopes of Mt. Elgon in eastern Uganda erasing three villages in Bududa district. 92 bodies out of the 365 people were recovered and only 31 survivors were rescued from the three affected villages.

25.06.2012 - Heavy landslide occurred in landslide in Bududa district again at the slopes of Mount Elgon sweeping through four villages after a heavy downfall in the area for two days. 8 persons went missing, nine were injured, 72 survived, 15 houses were buried and 448 people were staying in high risk areas.