Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI)
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI) is a multi-phase, global program established in response to calls by Small Island States for greater and more effective assistance to build their resilience to climate change and natural disasters. The goal of SISRI is to support Small Island States in reducing climate and disaster risks to their populations, assets, ecosystems and economies. The Initiative will fund priority investments for resilience and Technical Assistance, as well as building a strengthened knowledge base and developing a community of practice.

Implementation methodologies

SISRI is structured according to a ‘Building Blocks’ framework based on accumulated experience of adaptation and disaster risk management in island contexts. The assistance will be• Programmatic: providing a stable and predictable long-term framework.• Results-based, with levels of funding linked to targets and measurable results;• Flexible, combining technical assistance, investment finance and support for institutional and policy frameworks; and• Global in scope, allowing for exchange of experiences across countries and regions facing similar problems.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


World Bank Group
Program of technical assistance (first phase)
Support to catalyzing adequate and predictable funding flows
Building a community of practice for resilience of small island states (initial workshop)
Building an enhanced knowledge base for small islands resilience (first batch of publications)
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
A World Bank team, initially with 45 staff, was built to support SISRI.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: Ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Sofia Bettencourt, sbettencourt@worldbank.org

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