Deprivations and Inequalities in Multiple Dimensions: Poverty and Disaster Risk Management

Linnerooth-Bayer, J. (2012). Deprivations and Inequalities in Multiple Dimensions: Poverty and Disaster Risk Management. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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This talk highlights the potential role of social and governance institutions as they operate synergistically with the human, natural and physical domains in reducing human deprivation and inequality. The value of a multiple-perspective approach is especially apparent in the context of extreme weather shocks as they contribute to “poverty traps” and increasing inequality. As an example of a social institution, we focus on the potential role of novel risk sharing and transfer arrangements, and especially index-based micro-insurance, for providing safety nets to marginal farmers facing drought risk. As promising as recent pilot projects are proving, we argue that, taken alone, they cannot provide a robust and sustainable option for reducing deprivation caused by weather variability. Their success is dependent on, among other dimensions, physical infrastructure, environmental quality, knowledge and education, and trusted and reliable social institutions. Success is also dependent on including multiple perspectives in the policy process, and we conclude with thoughts on governance arrangements that can foster an integrated and multiple-perspective approach to reducing deprivation and inequality.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference
Research Programs: Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 12:49
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:26

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