Scientific information on disasters exists in developing countries, but there is very little access to that information. The most directly applicable scientific information is mostly unpublished and found within either that developing country or a neighbor. The project demonstrates that a simple arrangement between good partners can make information available to a large number of lower-income professionals in poor countries.
The active dissemination of good quality but free information is the main asset of the Regional Disaster Information Network. It is probably the most cost-effective disaster reduction activity that exists in the region. Providing technical information to people who are interested in the topic, especially if there is political will, has a huge impact in the countries. It also empowers nationals. The dissemination of information is a powerful means to reduce the gap between rich and poor by making data accessible, and is probably the best means to reduce the impact of a disaster.
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