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Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA)

The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) assists governments with assessing the full extent of a disaster’s impact on the affected country and, on the basis of these findings, to produce an actionable and sustainable Recovery Strategy for mobilizing financial and technical resources. The internationally recognised PDNA methodology is a key commitment articulated in the The Joint Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning.

The PDNA produces four core products:

  • A consolidated assessment, based on sector reports, that presents a cross-cutting, comprehensive assessment of the impact of the disaster;
  • A Recovery Strategy that defines the vision for national recovery and outlines recovery actions for each sector and affected region. The Strategy clarifies objectives and interventions, expected results, the time frame, and the expected cost for the recovery process;
  • A resource mobilization tool in support of the country’s recovery; and
  • An outline for a country-led recovery process.

The PDNA is an inclusive, government-led and government-owned process which draws upon the capacity and expertise of national and international actors. The European Union, with the United Nations and the World Bank, provide technical support and facilitation as determined and requested by the government of the affected country.

In addition to the PDNA, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank support the development of a Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) which builds upon the information generated through the PDNA. The DRF defines the vision for recovery, specifying objectives and interventions for each sector and affected region. It serves as a means for prioritizing, sequencing, planning and implementing recovery. The DRF aims to bring international and national stakeholders together behind a single, government-led recovery effort while ensuring that the goals of the recovery process are aligned with the overall development plans of the country.

The EU can take on a coordinating role, can provide sector specialists, or rather take on a backstopping or review role. The decision on which of these roles shall be taken on is primarily made by the EU Delegation, after consultation with relevant services at Headquarters. Click hereto see available support from FPI.

Since 2008, the PDNA and DRF tools have been used in 66 disaster situations. Between 2014-2017, the EU has provided support to the following selected countries:


The Joint Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning

Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs)

Available support for conducting RPBAs and PDNAs

RPBA and PDNA resources


The Joint Declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning

PDNA Vol. A EN, ES, RUand FR

PDNA Vol. B (18 volumes=18 files) EN, ES, FR and RU

Disaster Recovery Framework:

- DRF guide EN, FR

- DRF process guide EN, FR

Support to the Government of Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes


Somalia (DINA) 2018

Somalia (DINA) 2018 Volume I

Somalia (DINA) 2018 Volume II

Sri Lanka (Rapid PDNA) 2017

Dominica Republic 2017