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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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The report presents a comprehensive post disaster needs assessment exercise, launched simultaneously with response and relief efforts at the request of the Government of Nepal, with the objective to estimate damages and losses caused by the earthquake and to help identify recovery needs as well as strategy required for its implementation. The assessment exercise was led by the National Planning Commission (NPC) with assistance of more than 250 national and international experts who worked round the clock to produce this assessment covering 23 sectors in less than one month.
Nepal - government Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters
This report provides a detailed breakdown of the sectors affected, economic losses and damages caused by severe flooding and landslides in the Seychelles, particularly in three districts on the southeast coast of Mahé (Au Cap, Pointe Larue, and Cascade), as well as on the nearby islands of Praslin and La Digue, after the heavy rains resulting from tropical cyclone Felleng on January 2013.
World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Seychelles - government
This document presents the findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in Nigeria following the floods in 2012, when heavy rains struck the entire country. The PDNA provides a comprehensive and thorough assessment of both economic and social impacts caused by the flooding, as well as recommendations for immediate recovery and long-term resilience building in the country.
World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Nigeria - government
This document presents the findings of the drought Post-Disaster Needs Analysis (PDNA) conducted in Kenya. The assessment aims to develop a quantitative estimation of the impact of the drought on the socioeconomic development of Kenya and recommendations for immediate recovery and long-term resilience-building in the country.
World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Kenya - government
This is a report about the affected communities hit by Cyclone Thane on 29th and 30th of December 2011. The Women’s Federations and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) went to Tamil Nadu coast to see the impact of the cyclone, discuss with affected communities and identify priorities for immediate action.
Swayam Shikshan Prayog
This report is the summary of a post disaster assessment of the areas most affected by the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. The survey evaluates the damage caused, people's needs and goes on to describe what worked well concluding with key initial lessons learned.
SEEDS - Asia OYO International Corporation
This report focuses on an assessment of damage and medium- to long-term reconstruction costs. It suggests governance and institutional arrangements for implementing the reconstruction program along with an overview of cross-cutting approaches that should be taken into consideration, including social and environmental aspects, and disaster risk management and climate change considerations.
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Asian Development Bank Pakistan - government
This document presents key findings from consultations with the children and youth undertook to hear their ideas and priorities for the country’s reconstruction as they are among the most vulnerable groups affected by the disaster, and as many of them have already mobilized to support their communities in the response and taken on strong leadership roles.
Plan International
This report provides a summary of data collected in the flood assessment.
World Bank, the
The report is a preliminary assessment of damages and needs resulting from the earthquake that struck the state of Gujarat, India, in 2001, which also tries to outline a strategy for implementing a recovery program.
World Bank, the Asian Development Bank