It can be said that the actual implementation of a recovery programme is essentially a reflection of national capacities. UNDP therefore strives to help countries prepare for potential recovery before a disaster occurs, so as to enable quick and efficient action when it is needed most.
Preparedness for recovery involves a number of essential steps. This includes assessing recovery needs, developing institutional arrangements, preparing sector plans, implementing recovery interventions, and ensuring peoples’ participation. When UNDP works with governments, it emphasizes these areas for building capacities and strengthening institutions.
The benefits of recovery preparedness can be far-reaching: strengthening capacities to carry out needs-assessments allow a country to quickly determine human, economic and infrastructure needs in the event of a disaster; putting in place information sharing and participatory systems strengthens the community ties to the recovery process; better recovery planning allows communities to identify innovative solutions for expected challenges, such as the provision of social services; and enhanced institutional coordination and information management expedites early action that enables well-planned, well-executed reconstruction and recovery. UNDP assists governments towards recovery preparedness through developing these services and capacities.
UNDP has implemented the Recovery Preparedness programme in a number of countries in Africa with funding support from the Governments of Japan and Luxembourg. With EU support, UNDP is developing a series of tools and guidelines which will help recovery preparedness at the national and regional levels.