Signature Product: Guidance Note on Debris Management

26 Apr 2013

Focussing on urgent post-crisis and post-disaster assistance, this guidance note provides practical advice to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Offices (COs) on how to plan, design and implement a short-term project that swiftly links governments and communities in the assessment, clearance, recycling and management of debris following a significant national catastrophe.


When governments and communities are supported by well-designed and timely interventions, both nations and communities are assisted to ‘build back better.’ The UNDP post-crisis approach aims to build capacities within national
and local institutions and facilitate partnerships between government, civil society, the private sector and local communities. This enables local social, economic, institutional and physical assets to be strengthened and made more
resilient in the future.


To help countries and communities meet these challenges, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) has developed a range of guidance notes to help UNDP COs develop and implement recovery activities rapidly in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or conflict. Each guidance note focuses on a UNDP ‘signature product’, or niche area of programming, in which UNDP has the mandate, comparative advantage, competencies and skills in place to be able to rapidly design and implement a project of assistance to support crisis-affected governments and communities. The guidance notes in the ‘signature product’ series are principally intended as an internal resource that will strengthen and accelerate UNDP’s programmatic response in crisis and post-crisis settings.

This guidance note forms one of six practically oriented documents. Others in the series include ‘Emergency Employment and Enterprise Recovery’, Community Infrastructure Rehabilitation’, ‘Restoration of Local Governance Functions’, ‘National Recovery Planning and Coordination’ and ‘Aid Management’. These notes can be used as tools to guide the development of individual projects targeted towards specific needs, and/or provide a basis for the design of a more integrated and comprehensive programme of early recovery measures.

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