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Post Disaster Needs Assessment for Resilient Recovery
June 13-16, 2017Moscow, Russia

Eight countries to participate in training on the post-disaster needs assessment for resilient recovery.

The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) methodology was developed by the European Union (EU), the World Bank and the United Nations Development Group in response to a need for more comprehensive and coherent post-disaster assessment. It encompasses two perspectives: (i) the quantifications of physical damages and economic losses; and, (ii) the identification of socio-economic recovery needs based on information obtained from the affected population. These perspectives are integrated into a single assessment process to support the identification and selection of options for early- to long-term recovery.

A PDNA should commence as soon as possible after the onset of a disaster, ideally within the first weeks. The main goal of conducting a PDNA is to assess the full extent of a disaster’s impact on the country and, on the basis of these findings, to produce an actionable and sustainable recovery strategy for mobilizing financial and technical resources (internally/externally). In addition, PDNA can contribute, if needed, to request external assistance to implement the post-disaster recovery strategy, based on the affected country’s financial, technical and institutional capacities.


The training will be attended by officials from selected ministries or committees in charge of coordinating DRM or emergency response, or from ministries/line agencies that are likely to be involved in disaster response across Europe and Central Asia, including Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Other training participants will also be invited from the relevant Global Practices of the World Bank.

The regional PDNA training is provided by the World Bank to introduce PDNA methodology, procedures, concepts and its post-disaster use to government counterparts over the Europe and Central region and beyond, enhancing their capacity to lead and participate in PDNAs. Understanding and, then, institutionalizing the PDNA methodology ensures more coordinated recovery and reconstruction after disasters. The training also aims to bring together governments and leading experts of disaster risk management (DRM), thereby fostering regional and international collaboration and coordination and exchanging knowledge on DRM. Participants will also learn how PDNAs and post-disaster recovery funding mechanisms are connected.


The training will use a mix of lectures, small group activities and exercises. Both short problem-based learning exercises and selected sector-specific case studies will be included as part of this training. Participants will also be expected to put their learning into practice during a major case study exercise in which they simulate various stages of a PDNA.


International Recovery Platform (IRP) – In support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, IRP has reinvigorated its role as an international mechanism for sharing of experiences and lessons on build back better among countries and all relevant stakeholders so that they become more resilient to disasters. http://www.recoveryplatform.org/pdna/

GFDRR’s Resilient Recovery Thematic Initiative. This initiative is involved in every major disaster, helping affected countries assess damage as well as economic losses and needs, and planning recovery. From typhoons in the Philippines to earthquakes in Nepal, the program has a record of supporting governments to rebuild lives and create a safer future through resilient recovery. The program works with the disaster-prone countries before events in order to enhance their readiness for post-disaster recovery. This is achieved in close coordination with the United Nations, the EU, and the World Bank, a partnership that has produced guides and tools for conducting PDNA and developing Disaster Recovery Frameworks. https://www.gfdrr.org/resilient-recovery

UNDP, EU and World Bank Resilient Recovery Partnership –http://www.undp.org/content/brussels/en/home/partnerships_initiatives/results/EU-UNDP-PDNA.html

  • June 13

    Disaster risks in Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Mongolia
  • Initial damage assessment – purpose and scope
  • Introduction to conceptual framework of PDNA and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Introduction to PDNA
  • June 14

    Analyzing the macroeconomic impact of a disaster
  • Analyzing the human development impact of a disaster
  • Identifying sector-wise recovery needs and developing a recovery strategy
  • Focus on selected sectors
  • June 15

    Impact assessment, needs identification and prioritization
  • Introduction to Disaster Recovery Framework
  • From PDNA to Disaster Recovery Framework - recovery & reconstruction planning
  • Sharing of experience and feedback
  • June 16

    Site visit