Making Disaster Recovery Effective – Learning from Vulnerable Places

The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have created a series of nine country case studies, according to a World Bank news article.

The case studies – which focus on Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mozambique, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal and Yemen – document practical lessons and good practices in implementing disaster recovery programs.

According to the World Bank article, the case studies complement the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) guides, which were launched last week by GFDRR and UNDP at the Second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2). The guides provide recommendations on how to assess damages after a disaster, and help countries better plan, design and implement post-disaster recovery and reconstruction programs.

“Large-scale natural disasters, particularly in fragile and developing countries can set back years of development achievements. While we can’t eliminate future disasters completely, we can learn from each event so that when we rebuild, we reduce identified vulnerabilities,” said Francis Ghesquiere, head of the GFDRR Secretariat, in the article.

The case studies share good practices, and explain what the nine countries could have done better in previous disasters.

“Disasters happen because development went wrong. When a disaster strikes, we have an opportunity to set development on a different path that ultimately leads to better sustainable development outcomes and poverty reduction,” said Jo Scheuer, coordinator for the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team in the UNDP. “We have come an extremely long way. Every recovery setting is different and we have to continue learning, adjusting and collaborating with the international partnerships we have established.”

Key Take Aways from the Article

  • “Building back better after a disaster is about the quality of the new structures and also about engaging communities – especially the poor and vulnerable.”
  • “Setting up plans for recovery before a disaster strikes can help people and communities bounce back faster, protecting development gains.”
  • “Countries can benefit from sharing knowledge about what worked and what did not during previous disasters.”

For more information, see the article here: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/09/10/lessons-in-effective-disaster-recovery-from-vulnerable-countries

The case studies can be downloaded at www.gfdrr.org.