Training Course on Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and Resilient Recovery

Organizer(s) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Post-disaster assessment involves the timely and accurate estimation of damages, losses, impacts, and needs across different economic and social sectors. The assessment feeds directly into recovery planning, which aims to re-establish basic public services to normalize socio-economic conditions after crises, as well as source capital investments for long-term reconstruction with "Build Back Better" approach as per the priority 4 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).

This two-week course aims to build participant's capacities to anticipate and prepare for post-disaster assessment and recovery, using internationally-accepted methodologies. The training will be primarily based on the agreed PDNA methodology between the European Union (EU), World Bank Group and United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the efforts of Resilient Recovery promoted through the International Recovery Platform (IRP).

Course modules

This training will be conducted in the most interactive method using the ADPC's electronic training kit. This includes lectures (30%), scenario based exercises (30%) and actual case study based analysis (40%). The indicative percentage emphasis will be evaluated by the participants during the training.

Module 1: The Evolution of Post-Disaster Assessment

  • Post-Disaster Rapid to Comprehensive Assessments
  • Stakeholder Engagements and Analysis
  • Standard Protocols

Module 2: The PDNA Conceptual Framework

  • Concepts and definitions
  • The sectors for assessment
  • Inter-sectoral linkages
  • Crosscutting issues

Module 3: Standard Procedures in Undertaking PDNA

  • Baseline information
  • Field Assessment
  • Aggregation of data
  • Estimation of needs

Module 4: Sector Guidelines for Undertaking PDNA

  • Baseline Information of Selected Sectors
  • Assessment of Disaster Effects
  • Estimating Damages and Losses
  • Scenario based Group Exercise

Module 5: Aggregation of Disaster Effects and Impact Assessment

  • • Summary of damages and losses
  • • Macroeconomic impact assessment
  • • Social impact assessment
  • • Gender impact assessment
  • • Personal and household levels impacts

Module 6: Estimation of Post-Disaster Recovery Needs

  • Identification of needs
  • Prioritization of needs
  • Estimation of the amount of recovery needs

Module 7: Developing a Disaster Recovery Framework

  • Conceptual Framework on Resilient Recovery
  • Desired Scope of Post-Disaster Recovery Needs
  • Key Policy Imperatives for Recovery
  • Elements of Disaster Recovery Frameworks
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Recovery Programs

Target participants

  • Government policy makers and development practitioners representing planning agencies, local authorities, land use planning officers, disaster risk management agencies, disaster risk reduction practitioners
  • UN agencies, international organizations, national institutions participating in post-disaster assessment including the sectoral agencies.
  • Private sector such as insurance and construction industries
  • Individuals involved in supporting PDNA and coordination of disaster recovery and reconstruction activities
  • Media and charity organizations

Course fee

The standard course fee of USD2,375 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Discounted accommodation can be arranged by ADPC.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at The registration and payment should be made at least one month before the course commence.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer at least one month before course commence. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.

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