Disaster Recovery Frameworks

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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.

DRF guidance and frameworks

Documents and publications
The overall objective of the Recovery Framework of the UN System in support of Government of India for a post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction programme is to define the approach of the United Nations in facilitating the rapid recovery of the affected populations. This approach is designed to lead to both recovery and the expansion of opportunities for sustainable development, and the reduction of future disaster risks.
Documents and publications
ERRA’s health policy delineates guiding principles, guidelines and strategy for reconstruction in the earthquake-affected districts. The health component of Government’s ‘Build Back Better’ policy is based on the Humanitarian charter for minimum standards for health care, including the right to ‘health for all’ and respect of the dignity of the population affected by the disaster.
Documents and publications
This document provides three sections in response to the earthquake that struck Pakistan and India in October 2005. The first section covers an overview of the disaster and its impact, including an overview of the government, army and civil society response in addition to the organization of the international response and main actions taken, the second addresses the early recovery framework comprised of the early recovery needs assessment and guiding principles for recovery. The third discusses implementation arrangements and monitoring. Lastly, the document covers implementation arrangements and monitoring efforts.
State of Florida Recovery Plan
Documents and publications
The State of Florida Recovery Plan outlines the methods and integration of principles to maximize recovery activities from disasters, detailing federal and state processes, field operations, and roles of recovery personnel.
Unified New Orleans Plan-Citywide Strategic Recovery and Rebuilding Plan
Documents and publications
The Unified New Orleans Plan is the recovery and reconstruction plan for the city of New Orleans developed following Hurricane Katrina.
Documents and publications
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.
Documents and publications
The framework presented here consists of a vision for the rehabilitation of the fishery and aquaculture sectors which reflects an “ideal state” towards which all strategies and activities contribute and which avoids the mistakes of the past.

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