Introduction

The Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tool for Health Project is designed to help development practitioners and World Bank staff screen health projects for risks from climate variability and change, as well as geophysical disasters. This Methodology web page outlines the methodology used, including both the scientific basis and the data sources that underlie the tool’s design1.
Purpose: The purpose of this tool is to conduct an early-stage screening as part of due diligence so that climate and disaster risks are identified and considered during the concept stage of operations. The tool is intended to help users determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies, consultation, or dialogue in the course of project design. It does not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor does it suggest specific options for increasing the project’s resilience.
Relevance: This tool is designed to help users assess the nature of the risks posed to their project from climate and geophysical hazards. It does so by guiding users through a series of steps to connect information on these hazards with their understanding of the project and the broader development context in which it is taking place. Because risk from climate hazards and geophysical hazards is highly context-specific, this tool enables users to integrate and apply their subject-matter expertise and background understanding in assessing risk at the local level, rather than relying on automated functions.
1 A similar Methodology is applied to the other tools in this Climate and Disaster Risk tool kit.