The application period is now closed. Thank you to all who applied! Please join us at UR 2024 where this year’s Averted Disaster Award winner will be announced!

We are excited to announce that the Top 5 Averted Disaster Award projects nominated will receive an independent counterfactual analysis report of their submitted intervention conducted by an independent Disaster Risk Analyst!

Congratulations to the 2023 Averted Disaster Award Winners!

The 2023 Averted Disaster Award winners were announced at the 11th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action in Berlin, Germany on October 12, 2023.  Please read the Press release on Winning Entries here.

We are proud to present the documentary “Living Without Fear”, a short film about the 2023 Averted Disaster Award winner, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications for their efforts in landslide monitoring and early warning in Munnar, Western Ghats and Sikkim Himalayas.


Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications

Building a Resilient Community by Integrating Technology and Social Science for Disaster Early Warning”



Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), Pakistan

“Community-based Avalanche Monitoring and Risk Reduction”


Special Recognition for Disaster Risk Communication

BBC Media Action

“East Africa Weather Wise – Media and Communication for Climate Action”

Prepared International (PPI)

“Disaster Risk Diplomacy between Jordan, Israel and Palestine”


The Averted Disaster Award

The Averted Disaster Award is the premier recognition of successful disaster mitigation interventions that go unnoticed precisely because of their success. While the news often highlights catastrophes, they don’t focus on the buildings that stayed standing due to earthquake-resistant building codes, the wildfires avoided due to effective forest management, or the early-warning systems that saved lives in a typhoon. In the world of Disaster Risk Management (DRM), success means ‘nothing happens’ and as a result can cause policy makers and society at large to undervalue the importance of proactive intervention. The Averted Disaster Award sheds light on successes in DRM and ‘what might have been’ to recognize the outstanding work of those who invest in measures that keep our communities and world safe.

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