Small States Digest

Small States Digest is a quarterly publication from the Commonwealth Secretariat, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced by small states in the global economy. Topics can cover international finance and capital markets, international trade, the environment, natural disasters, macroeconomic management, and economic and social development. The Commonwealth defines small states as sovereign states with a population size of 1.5 million people or less. Larger member countries – Botswana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia and Papua New Guinea – are designated as small states because they share many characteristics of small states. Thirty-one of the fifty-three member countries of the Commonwealth are small states.


Comparative Analysis of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Dominica and Vanuatu

Lessons for Small States

The paper finds that, despite Dominica and Vanuatu historically experiencing frequent and severe episodes of natural disasters, Vanuatu has made more effort to ensure that disaster risk reduction, not just disaster management, is firmly entrenched in its normative frameworks. The main lessons from this comparative analysis reinforces the importance of (i) strong macroeconomic foundations, (ii) mainstreaming and implementation of disaster risk reduction and management strategies and (iii) having in place ex-ante financing arrangements.


Keywords: Dominica, disaster management, financing, Vanuatu
JEL: O15: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration; J18: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics: Public Policy; J1: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demographic Economics
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