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Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA)
ILO teams assess damage wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban in the Philippines

A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and Recovery Framework (PDNA/RF) together comprise an approach to harmonize the assessment, analysis and prioritization of damages, losses and needs by a range of stakeholders (United Nations agencies and programmes, the World Bank, donors, non-governmental organizations) in support of the national government.

PDNA is a government-led exercise, with integrated support from the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank and other national and international actors. A PDNA pulls together information into a single, consolidated report, information on the physical impacts of a disaster, the economic value of the damages and losses, the human impacts as experienced by the affected population, and the resulting early and long-term recovery needs and priorities.

A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) encompasses two perspectives: (i) the valuation of physical damages and economic losses; and, (ii) the identification of human recovery needs based on information obtained from the affected population. These perspectives are integrated into a single assessment process to support the identification and selection of response options covering recovery interventions from early- to long-term recovery in a Recovery Framework (RF).

A PDNA should commence as soon as possible after the disaster onset, ideally within the first weeks. A first objective for the PDNA is to support the elaboration of the Recovery Framework in time for the revision of a humanitarian flash appeal - normally within five to six weeks following the onset of a disaster. This provides the foundation for more in-depth assessments, ongoing recovery and transition to development as the Recovery Framework continues to be more fully elaborated. Needs identified by the PDNA beyond national capacity may be used as an evidence base for the mobilization of further international resources in support of recovery, e.g. in connection with an international donor conference in response to the disaster.

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This appraisal considers the consequences of the Hurricane Keith in Belize from 30 September to 1 October 2000. It appraises the macroeconomic and environmental effects and presents a sector by sector analysis leading to an overall assessment of the damage.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Post-Disaster Needs Assessment in Haiti Earthquake of 14 august 2021 in the southern peninsula
This executive summary presents the data collection work undertaken from August 30 to September 22, 2021 after the earthquake that hit Haiti on 14 August 2021 as well as their analysis carried out under the coordination of the MPCE.
Haiti - government World Bank, the United Nations - Headquarters
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This Damage, Loss, and Needs Assessment (DLNA) of the Cyclone Fani in Odisha was conducted between 24 May and 4 June 2019 by Government of Odisha in collaboration with the United Nations, World Bank, and ADB. Covering the 14 affected districts in the state, it presents estimates of the damage, loss, and recovery needs across 15 sectors.
World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Asian Development Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the
Cyclone Evan 2012 Samoa PDNA
This post-disaster needs assessment report on Cyclone Evan was prepared in 2013 by the Government of Samoa in collaboration with international partners.
Samoa - government Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Asian Development Bank Australian Agency for International Development New Zealand Agency for International Development
Bihar Kosi Flood Needs Assessment
The objective of the Needs Assessment is: to guide the design and investment prioritization of the proposed Kosi Flood Recovery project; provide a damage overview in key sectors including water resources and flood management, roads and bridges, housing, agriculture, social, environmental, and health; to identify current recovery initiatives and progress made; and, to identify short, medium, and long-term needs and priority interventions.
World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority
This report summarizes a comprehensive assessment of the commonwealth’s challenges and the damage caused by the 2017 hurricanes to support development of Puerto Rico’s short- and long-term recovery and resilience plan,
RAND Corporation
Vanuatu PDNA 2020
The Vanuatu TC Harold and COVID-19 PDNA estimates the total compound impacts of TC Harold and COVID-19, identifies and quantifies needs across sectors, and supports the development of the Vanuatu Recovery Strategy 2020-2023.
Vanuatu - government United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters World Bank, the Australian Agency for International Development Overseas Development Institute
On 6th December, the Government of Albania requested support from the European Union, the United Nations, and the World Bank to undertake a full and comprehensive PDNA to identify the damage, losses, and recovery needs arising from the earthquake.
World Bank, the European Union Albania - government United Nations Development Programme United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters
This report presents a consolidated view of damage, loss and recovery needs estimates from the 2019 floods in Iran, based on data received from various line departments and the expertise of a multi institutional and interdisciplinary assessment team.
Iran, Islamic Republic of - government United Nations in Iran United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters
The objective of the PDNA was to quantify the damage and loss resulting from the effects of heavy rains, floods and strong winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Idai, and to estimate the recovery and reconstruction needs.
World Bank, the United Nations - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Malawi - government