Early warning systems providing the technology needed for early warning and climate forecasting Community based planning enabling communities to set and control their own disaster preparedness Market based approaches accessing insurance, goods and services before and after disasters, to avoid a return to poverty. Between now and 2020, our work on disaster risk reduction will focus on: The need Disasters deprive people of their lives and livelihoods, damage infrastructure and productivity, and widen inequality. Vulnerable communities are plunged back into poverty. Women, girls and boys are fourteen times more likely than men to die during a disaster. Over the past decade, the number of people exposed to natural hazards has tripled to more than two billion worldwide, and the associated costs have quadrupled. Yet disaster risk reduction remains hugely underfunded, with less than 0.5% of the global aid budget spent on it. Why Practical Action? We bring hard-to-reach communities and authorities together to plan and create early warning systems that can be managed locally, and develop new approaches to challenging issues such as finance. We play a key role in innovation and research projects with universities and experts to drive new technologies, forging new ways of integrating agriculture and sanitation into community disaster planning. The difference we will make Between 2017 and 2020 we aim to work directly with 1.2m people, helping them to prepare and protect against the long-term effects of disaster. Disaster risk reduction