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GFDRR on Resilient Recovery

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GFDRR supports resilient reconstruction planning and post-disaster assessments, helping more than 50 disaster-affected countries with these approaches since its launch in 2007.

Why Resilience Matters for Recovery

With growing urbanization and settlement near coasts and rivers, the amount of people and economic infrastructure exposed to natural hazards—including earthquakes, landslides, and cyclones—is rising. With the risk awareness of governments and people at its highest in the aftermath of disaster, recovery and reconstruction planning presents an important opportunity to change practices that have led to underlying vulnerabilities.

What We Do

GFDRR helps developing countries implement postdisaster recovery and reconstruction programs that are efficient, transparent, and financially predictable, while reducing the risk of future hazards. GFDRR supports resilient recovery by:

  • Implementing the Recovery Framework methodology, an emerging international approach to postdisaster recovery and reconstruction that focuses on longer-term resilience to future disasters through prioritizing recovery activities sequentially, improving financial management, and ensuring monitoring and evaluation;

  • Promoting reliable and internationally-accepted damage, loss, and needs assessments after major disaster events;

  • Providing technical assistance for post-disaster recovery and reconstruction planning; and

  • Helping countries improve their disaster recovery strategies and governmental institutions in order to manage recovery before a disaster strikes.

Post-disaster needs assessments allow countries to accurately assess the economic impacts of a disaster, and mobilize the technical and financial resources necessary for recovery. In partnership with the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank Group, GFDRR is working to ensure that the methodology behind these assessments leads to more resilient and inclusive recovery and reconstruction processes.