Development should work for, not against, resilience. Climate change and disaster events have the potential to set-back years of development gains. This is often caused by ‘unchecked’ development which can increase people’s vulnerability and this varies significantly by gender and social dimensions. The new Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) warns that cumulatively, development decisions can affect the outcomes of disasters. Climate change and disasters are therefore seen as a development issue. The solution lies in systematically addressing the risks caused by development.