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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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Joint Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs)
2017
The Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPBA) is a joint approach of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union to identify and address immediate and medium-term recovery and peacebuilding requirements while laying the foundations for the elaboration of a longer-term recovery and peacebuilding strategy in a country facing conflict or transitioning out of a conflict-related crisis.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Water and Sanitation
This chapter is intended primarily for members of the PDNA WASH Assessment Team to help them understand the scope of WASH assessments, the challenges and the requirements of an Assessment Team and the limitations within which such assessments are being made.
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Transport
This chapter describes the procedure to assess the effects of a disaster on the Transport Sector, and the estimation of post-disaster needs for recovery and reconstruction.
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Tourism
This chapter describes the procedure to assess the effects of a disaster on the tourism sector, and the estimation of post-disaster needs for recovery and reconstruction.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Telecommunications
This chapter describes the procedure to assess the effects of a disaster on the Telecommunications sector, and the estimation of post-disaster needs for recovery and reconstruction.
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery - UNDP Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Manufacturing
This chapter describes the procedure to assess the effects of a disaster on the manufacturing sector, following the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) methodology.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Housing
2014
The general objective of the sector assessment is to assist the government at all levels in understanding the effects and impact of the event on the Housing Sector and to improve the quality of outcomes from the recovery process in housing and settlement reconstruction.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Health
2014
This document provides guidance to national and international stakeholders involved in the health sector during Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) processes and recovery planning.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Governance
2014
The main purpose of this volume is to provide general guidance on conducting needs assessment and recovery planning for core government functions within the context of a PDNA.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
PDNA Guidelines Volume B - Environment
The main objective of PDNA–Environment is to prepare a recovery strategy that guides the restoration of environment and natural resources damaged due to a disaster.
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union
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Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng 2009 the Philippines Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Main Report
2009
This Post-Disaster Needs Assessment analysis covers damages, losses, and economic and social impacts from Ondoy and Pepeng, providing a basis for determining recovery and reconstruction needs.
Philippines - government Asian Development Bank United Nations - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters World Bank, the
Typhoon Ketsana 2009 Lao PDR Damage Loss and Needs Assessment
2009
This PDNA addresses the damages and losses registered in a number of sectors impacted by Typhoon Ketsana, and identifies resource needs in the medium and longer term to address the urgent requirements for recovery and restoration of the livelihoods of the affected population
Lao People's Democratic Republic - government World Bank, the Asian Development Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Association of South East Asian Nations Australian Agency for International Development Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
El Salvador PDNA
2009
This assessment provides estimates of the impacts of floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in El Salvador in 2009, and the estimated costs of reconstruction and recovery.
El Salvador - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Floods 2009 Namibia Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)
2009
This Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) assesses the level of damage and losses incurred as a result of the flooding, and to provide a preliminary assessment of recovery and reconstruction options that could provide the affected population with a safer environment in the face of future natural events such as droughts and floods.
Namibia - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
Floods 2009 Central African Republic Joint Needs Assessment Report
2009
This joint needs assessment report provides estimates of the impacts and costs of reconstruction and recovery in Central African Republic following the 2009 floods in Bangui.
Central African Republic - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters United Nations Children's Fund (Global Headquarters, New York) European Union United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters Agence Française de Développement
Floods 2009 Burkina Faso Assessment of Damage Loss and Construction Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Needs
2009
This post-disaster needs assessment provides estimates of the damages and losses, and the costs for reconstruction and recovery following the 2009 floods in Burkina Faso. 
Burkina Faso - government World Bank, the United Nations - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean European Union
Earthquake and Tsunami 2009 Samoa Post-Disaster Needs Assessment
2009
This Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) draws upon the findings of various assessments carried out in the immediate aftermath of the disasters by the government, the Inter Agency Standing Committee cluster teams, and nongovernmental organizations, and presents estimates for loss and damage as a result of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami in Samoa.
Samoa - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the
Tropical Storm and Floods 2008 Yemen Damage Losses and Needs Assessment
2008
This report presents an estimation of the main effects of the disaster, including estimating (i) the value of physical assets that were totally or partially destroyed by the disaster; (ii) the losses in economic flows from the temporary absence of those assets; and (iii) the impact on economic development and social conditions.
Yemen - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Cyclone Evan 2012 Samoa PDNA
2013
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
2008
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
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St vincent and grenadines pdna cover
2021
These documents present the background, context, effects, impact, recovery needs and recovery strategy of the devastation of the La Soufrière Volcanic Eruption on St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) within the context of a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - government World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
West Sumatra Earthquake 2009 Indonesia Damage Loss and Preliminary Needs Assessment
2009
This report presents the assessment of the damage, losses and human recovery needs resulting from the earthquakes in West Sumatra and Jambi.
Indonesia - government National Agency for Disaster Management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana)
Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng 2009 the Philippines Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Main Report
2009
This Post-Disaster Needs Assessment analysis covers damages, losses, and economic and social impacts from Ondoy and Pepeng, providing a basis for determining recovery and reconstruction needs.
Philippines - government Asian Development Bank United Nations - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters World Bank, the
Typhoon Ketsana 2009 Lao PDR Damage Loss and Needs Assessment
2009
This PDNA addresses the damages and losses registered in a number of sectors impacted by Typhoon Ketsana, and identifies resource needs in the medium and longer term to address the urgent requirements for recovery and restoration of the livelihoods of the affected population
Lao People's Democratic Republic - government World Bank, the Asian Development Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Association of South East Asian Nations Australian Agency for International Development Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Typhoon Ketsana 2009 Cambodia Post-Ketsana Disaster Needs Assessment Part I Main Report
2009
The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) evaluates the damages and losses registered in a number of sectors, affected by the Ketsana Typhoon, and addresses medium- and longer term needs for recovery, high-resilience reconstruction and sustainable restoration of livelihoods of the affected population.
Cambodia - government World Bank, the United Nations - Headquarters United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Asian Development Bank
El Salvador PDNA
2009
This assessment provides estimates of the impacts of floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in El Salvador in 2009, and the estimated costs of reconstruction and recovery.
El Salvador - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Floods 2009 Senegal Post Disaster Needs Assessment -FR
2009
This post-disaster needs assessment estimates the costs of recovery and reconstruction resulting from the impacts of the August 2009 floods in Dakar, Sengal.
Senegal - government World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
Floods 2009 Namibia Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)
2009
This Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) assesses the level of damage and losses incurred as a result of the flooding, and to provide a preliminary assessment of recovery and reconstruction options that could provide the affected population with a safer environment in the face of future natural events such as droughts and floods.
Namibia - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters European Union
Floods 2009 Central African Republic Joint Needs Assessment Report
2009
This joint needs assessment report provides estimates of the impacts and costs of reconstruction and recovery in Central African Republic following the 2009 floods in Bangui.
Central African Republic - government World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters United Nations Children's Fund (Global Headquarters, New York) European Union United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Headquarters Agence Française de Développement
Floods 2009 Burkina Faso Assessment of Damage Loss and Construction Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Needs
2009
This post-disaster needs assessment provides estimates of the damages and losses, and the costs for reconstruction and recovery following the 2009 floods in Burkina Faso. 
Burkina Faso - government World Bank, the United Nations - Headquarters Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean European Union