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Pacific countries are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change and extreme natural events (e.g. tropical cyclones, storm surges, rising sea levels, floods, droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis). In the last 60 years, these events have affected more than 9.2 million people and caused more than US $3.2 billion in damage (World Bank 2012). As such, we need to better our response and build disaster resilience in the Pacific.

Ten Pacific economies feature in the list of the world’s top 30 countries most vulnerable to natural disasters
(World Bank 2011).


The Communication and Interpretation of Needs

By improving the timeliness and needs assessment inputs, such as usefulness and accuracy of information, we will improve outcomes.

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Humanitarian Logistics

By increasing our capacity to reach remote communities we will save lives and reduce the suffering caused by a disaster.

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Improving Financial Resilience

By increasing financial resilience, we help communities and businesses have access to the resources to fund recovery and reduce disaster risk.

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First Round Winners

The First Round Winners were invited to Australia, all expenses paid, to attend a two day design sprint. Winners presented their project ideas and received several rounds of coaching during impact rotations, where advisors provided feedback to help hone their ideas for award consideration.

Award Winners

The Award Winners are sharing in the $2 million (Australian dollars) Challenge Fund, with awards distributed in grants of $100,000 to $1,000,000. The funds have been disbursed based on the quality of the submissions and their financing requirements. Winners were selected due to their ability to address the following outcomes applicable in the Pacific Region.

SOLUTIONS: These are existing solutions that meet all or part of a challenge and are new to the region. For example, they might be solutions that work in East Africa, but not yet tried in the Pacific.

PROTOTYPES: These are new ideas that are yet to be proven, that meet all or part of a challenge, which could be tested in the region.

The winners are using the funds in partnership with DFAT to implement the solution or run the pilot in the region.

Future Development

Through the implementation of these solutions and prototypes, we are gaining real-world assessment of their applicability to the region, and their technical, organisational and financial viability. If successfully piloted, it is DFAT’s intention to support the continued development and scaling of the solution/prototype across the region.

The selection criteria emphasised ideas that come from the Pacific, and draw on local capacity. During the second round of judging, the advisory council supported ideas originating from the Pacific and helped to connect them with relevant organisations that could improve their submissions. Likewise, they have supported ideas from outside the region to better connect locally.