2023 Averted Disaster Award Winner Announcement

The Averted Disaster Award is pleased to announce the final results of its 2023 competition at The 11th Global Dialogue Platform, October 10-12 in Berlin, Germany. Please join us online on October 12th for the 4pm session as we celebrate outstanding achievement in disaster risk reduction. Awardees include the 2023 ADA winning intervention, the runner-up, and two special recognition awards. The session will also include an ADA-produced short documentary about the 2023 award winner.


The nomination period for the 2024 Averted Disaster Award opens October 12, 2023.  Join here to receive a reminder notice 

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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Congratulations to the 2022 Winners

We are proud to present the documentary “Rivers of Hope”, a short film about the 2022 Averted Disaster Award winner, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, and their efforts in Forecast-based Financing. The ADA documentary is produced in conjunction with the Waterbear Network and Resilient Foundation. Read the Press Release here.


Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for Anticipatory Action and Forecast-based Financing in Bangladesh. Read more about the project here.

Intervention of Distinction/Runner-up

Build Change for Resilient Housing in the Philippines.

Honorable Mentions

Project NOAH for Early Warning Systems in the Philippines.
GeoHazards International for Earthquake and Landslide Risk Reduction in Aizawl, India.