ADB Disaster Risk Mapping Project
South Asia developing member countries (DMCs) face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Sustainable Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by increasing disaster risk and global climate change. The regional cluster transaction technical assistance (TRTA) aims to enhance the commitment of South Asia DMCs in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in South Asia. Within the framework provided by the TA, the SARD Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Team has been exploring modalities to further examine the gender-related impacts of ADB-financed operations in South Asia. Disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change programming are of particular interest in this regard due to the expected increase in future investments. Together with SARD's DRM Specialist, the GESI Team has identified the need to more actively integrate social development and vulnerability reduction, including gender and age specific indicators, in future DRM and climate change programming. Recognizance missions to India and Sri Lanka indicated that development-sensitive disaster risk and climate change mapping is of strategic importance to move the DRM and climate change agenda forward in SARD operations while ensuring that gender, poverty, and inclusive development are integral parts of such efforts.