Manual for Estimating the Socio-Economic Effects of Natural Disasters

This report outlines the methodology of an evaluation tool for determining sectoral and overall effects of a disaster, to guide post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction processes. For this purpose, it discusses the following issues:

- Methodological and conceptual aspects
- Social sectors
- Infrastructure
- Economic sectors
- Global effects and damage

The tool is aimed at professional evaluating the socio-economic impact of disasters in situations where little reliable quantitative information is available.

Drawing on actual experience of natural disasters in the past two decades, the report was prepared by compiling and systematising the experience of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) secretariat staff and by experts and consultants outside ECLAC.