Build Back Better

IRP provides recovery guidance and comprehensive library of recovery resources to support the practice of disaster recovery and building back better.
Disaster Recovery Frameworks
Women involved in community meeting to discuss village reconstruction
Women involved in community meeting to discuss village reconstruction. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo / World Bank

Disaster recovery frameworks enable countries to drive a process forward that unites all government, private sector, donors, development partners, and community efforts with a focus on building back stronger, faster and more inclusively over the short, medium to long term timeframes of recovery. The DRF helps in articulating a vision for recovery; defining a strategy; prioritizing actions; fine-tuning planning; and providing guidance on financing, implementing, and monitoring the recovery. Depending on the scale of recovery required, the framework should be developed within a month or max 45 days after a disaster, or ideally before a disaster occurs.

Expected outcomes of implementing recovery frameworks are:

  1. Informed institutional and policy-setting for recovery.
  2. Prioritization and programming based on an inclusive, transparent process that ensures participation of all stakeholders and uses national and international good practices.
  3. Effective coordination among all parties during the recovery and reconstruction processes.
  4. Comprehensive framework for recovery financing.
  5. Improved implementation and monitoring and evaluation systems for recovery programs.
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Focus on Recovery provides a framework for recovery planning and management in New Zealand for local government, Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and government departments. This document represents a Ministry position on recovery and has been developed with input from the International Recovery Symposium that was held in Napier in July 2004. It outlines the context and the direction of future work for recovery as part of the 4Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery) approach to CDEM. 
Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
National Disaster Recovery Framework Building Back a Disaster-Affected Malawi Better and Safer Volume II Drought
Recovery efforts defined within the NDRF are guided by a central vision and goal. An initial vision and goal were determined following the 2015 floods; these have been updated in response to the 2015/16 drought.
Malawi - government
This economic and disaster recovery plan lays out the Government of Puerto Rico’s strategic vision and goals and provides a detailed framework for achieving them.
Government of Puerto Rico
In view of the substantial damage, losses and related recovery needs from frequent disasters affecting the Sri Lanka, the Department of National Planning (NPD) under the Sri Lanka Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs requested the World Bank and UNDP to assist in the development of the Post-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) and Recovery Framework. The PDRP specifies priority recovery needs and financial requirements identified by the sectoral Ministries, embedded in nine key sectors and three cross-cutting areas. It is expected to ensure that recovery is resilient and supports the development agenda of the country. The PDRP emphasizes that recovery efforts not only rebuild what was there, but will also ensure Building Back Better as a necessary condition to build a resilient nation and contribute to sustainable development.
Sri Lanka - government Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the
This Disaster Recovery Framework will help guide and coordinate decisions on rebuilding over the next three years till 2021 and inform more detailed recovery programs, plans and projects that will be developed and implemented by the government ministries.
Tonga - government
Build Back Better Puerto Rico November 2017
This document represents an aggregation of the best available disaster damages caused by the 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and is an initial assessment of the cost to rebuild a stronger, more resilient Puerto Rico
Government of Puerto Rico
USA National Disaster Recovery Framework Second Edition 2016
The National Disaster Recovery Framework establishes a common platform and forum for how the whole community builds, sustains, and coordinates delivery of recovery capabilities.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This framework document encapsulates the vision and strategic objectives that guide recovery in post-earthquake Nepal. It also includes the policy and institutional frameworks for recovery and reconstruction and outlines implementation arrangements, projected financial requirements and immediate next steps necessary for recovery.
Nepal - government
This plan was prepared in the aftermath of the Oct 26, 2015 earthquake which caused human losses and extensive damages to public infrastructure, houses and other buildings in various areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The document contains a detailed damage assessment and lists priority interventions in areas of rehabilitation of physical infrastructure, housing, reactivation of local economy, and disaster risk reduction and environment recovery strategies. The plan also proposes management mechanisms for recovery and reconstruction.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority
City of Seattle Disaster Recovery Framework
This Framework guides recovery activities both pre-event and post-event and describes the potential roles and responsibilities of City agencies, as well as community players, in recovering Seattle to a fully functioning state following a disaster.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management