Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments and Post-Disaster Needs Assessments

Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments and Post-Disaster Needs Assessments

The European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank work together since 2008 to assist countries recovering from conflict-related or natural crises in assessing needs and defining recovery/reconstruction activities.

The European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank work together since 2008 to assist countries recovering from conflict-related or natural crises in assessing needs and defining recovery/reconstruction activities. This is a prime example of well-functioning multilateral cooperation. It is based on a Joint Declaration between the three parties, and works through Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments for countries recovering from conflict/fragility related crises, and Post Disaster Needs Assessments in countries recovering from natural disasters. 

Since 2008, this has resulted in joint methodologies and tools and in more than 75 assessments. These methodologies are now established as internationally recognised methods. A note-worthy successful Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment was carried out in North East Nigeria following attacks by Boko Haram, delivering a set of complementing plans addressing both reconstruction and peacebuilding needs, including the federal President Buhari Plan for the North East. In Nepal, following the 2015 earthquake, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank were able to work effectively with the national leadership to deliver a very speedy Post Disaster Needs Assessment despite difficult conditions and in time to inform international donors – going on to form the backbone of the entire reconstruction/recovery process in Nepal. 

The role and mandate of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments has since its creation coordinated the tri-partite cooperation between the United Nations, the World Bank and the EU on crises assessments.  The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments is in charge of tri-partite contacts, extensively involving other EU services in this work. A series of projects have been funded under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, Article 4, aiming at i) development of joint methodologies for the assessments, ii) capacity building for potential participants, and iii) strengthening the tri-partite cooperation around assessments.

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