Every year, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP, gathers the influential thinkers and doers of climate change policy from around the world and across different sectors to discuss, deliberate, and decide on action that must be taken on crucial climate change issues. Since 2014, the African Risk Capacity has …

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ARC Director General Mohamed Béavogui and ECOWAS President Marcel de Souza formalize partnership to collaborate on improving disaster risk management in West Africa. Photo: ECOWAS

PRESS RELEASE: African Risk Capacity and ECOWAS Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen West African Climate Resilience

ABUJA, Nigeria, 8 November 2017 – The African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are collaborating more closely to build resilience against climate-related disasters in West Africa. As global climate negotiations are underway at the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Convention in Germany, ARC and …

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Jo at work with her colleagues during ARC Training, 2012

Dr Joanna Syroka’s Fond Farewell

From an idea first outlined in 2006, to a full-fledged institution – with 32 member states, USD 500 million of drought risk transferred, over USD 30 million in insurance payouts triggered and 2.1 million people reached with payouts since starting operations in 2014 – the African Risk Capacity has certainly …

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ARC Director-General, Mohamed Béavogui

Exclusive Interview with Mohamed Béavogui in Al Wihda

During a visit to the Government of Chad where ARC reaffirmed our commitment to working with the Government to improve disaster risk management in the country, ARC Director-General Mohamed Béavogui sat with Al Wihda for an exclusive interview. To catch his views on the impact the Government of Chad has made on ARC, the importance …

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Government officials and participants of ARC Lessons Learned Workshop, Ouagadougou

PRESS RELEASE: Countries exchange disaster risk financing experiences at African Risk Capacity workshop

Click here to download the PDF version Ouagadougou, 20 July 2017 – Countries from across Africa came together in Ouagadougou for the first African Risk Capacity Agency (ARC) lessons learned regional workshop. Government officials from 13 African nations and representatives from Inter-African Conference on Insurance Markets (CIMA) shared their experiences …

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ARC @ 29th African Union Summit

The 29th African Union Summit is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 29 June to 4 July 2017. African Heads of State, African Union Commissioners, and African governments officials across the continent are convening to discuss pressing issues on the continent and African-led solutions to address them. As a …

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2017: pastoralists in Isiolo county in Kenya are digging for water in dried-up river beds. Agricultural insurance schemes can help pastoralists and farmers be more resilient to climate shocks (Photo: Denis Onyodi/KRCS)

Insuring Against Climate Risk in Kenya – Vincent Mutie Nzau on African Risk Capacity and Climate Risk Financing Initiatives

In a recent blog from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), ARC focal point and senior economist in the National Treasury of Kenya, Vincent Mutie Nzau, explains the importance of disaster risk financing in drought-prone countries like Kenya. With average annual costs for drought damage in Kenya estimated …

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