Recognising that natural and conflict related crisis have a strong impact on affected countries and the capacity of their governments and populations, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank have joined forces to help countries plan and recover from crises. The intention is to avoid multiple assessments and recovery planning processes, and to provide cohesion between the national response to a crisis and the international support.
The Joint Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning signed in 2008 sets out to,
Mobilize our institutions and resources to harmonise and coordinate post-crisis recovery frameworks to enhance country resilience to crises, by answering recovery needs of vulnerable populations and strengthening the capacity of national institutions for effective prevention, response and recovery.
The Joint Declaration is operationalised through a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in countries recovering from natural disasters, and a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPBA) for countries recovering from conflict related crises.
FPI can provide more informationand training on RPBAs/PDNAs to EU colleagues (how they are done, the EU role, the output and how it can be beneficial to the EU), and directly support EU Delegations engaged in assessments.
Whilst decision-making rests with country offices, the joint Declaration is supported at headquarter level by High-Level Advisory Groups and Secretariats. From the EU side, DEVCO, ECHO, EEAS, FPI, and NEAR are all represented.