The early hours after Cyclone Idai paint tragic scenes of destruction. Source: Oxfam

Between the two landfalls of Cyclone Idai, approximately 2.6 million people were affected across Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The high winds and severe flooding left a trail of destruction, with hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands displaced across the five countries. The UN called the cyclone “one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa.” With the first cases of cholera confirmed, Mozambique now faces a potential “second disaster” as more than a quarter-million displaced people live in squalid conditions without clean water and sanitation.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), with generous support from The UPS Foundation, hosted a webinar, “Cyclone Idai: Responding to an International Crisis.” This webinar was the first in our new series focusing on raising awareness of and responding to global disasters. Speakers provided updates on the situation on the ground in cyclone-ravaged countries, and shared what funders should do now and in the next several months to support recovery.

CDP Vice President Regine A. Webster moderated the webinar and panelists included:

This webinar was provided with generous funding from The UPS Foundation and was co-sponsored by Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, UNOCHA, Council on Foundations and InterAction.

CDP launched the CDP Global Recovery Fund, an exclusive fund to meet the ongoing and ever-expanding challenges presented by international disasters. Details about the fund were provided during the webinar.

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

For more information about Cyclone Idai, check out our disaster profile and UNOCHA’s landing page, which includes a link to their Business Guide.