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Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs)

Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs)

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Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs) offer countries a stan­dardized and internationally recognised approach for identifying the underlying causes and impacts of conflict and crisis.

The RPBA has three primary purposes:

  • to help governments identify, prioritize and sequence recovery and peacebuilding activities,
  • to provide an inclusive process to support political dialogue and participation of stakeholders, and
  • to coordinate international support through a joint assessment and a joint recovery and peacebuilding plan as well as a monitoring system.

The Joint Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments (RPBAs): A Practical Note to Assessment and Planning serves as a reference for undertaking RPBAs. The RPBA process is tailored to the particular context, recognising that no conflict or transition is the same, and that governance, management and coordination arrangements need to reflect the scope of the exercise and the context of the country.

The RPBA process comprises three phases: a pre-assessment phase where the relationship with government is formed, the need for an assessment established, and the appropriate methodology and team put in place; the assessment phase that produces a costed and prioritised recovery plan; and a validation phase that ensures the recovery plan is agreed across key stakeholders, and that a plan for implementation and financing is in place.  



1. Early discussions to establish the potential need for an RPBA.

2. Pre-assessment mapping and scoping mission.

3. Formal agreement whether to conduct an RPBA.




4. Assessment of recovery and peacebuilding needs.

5. Prioritize and present the priorities in a strategic, implementable recovery and peacebuilding plan and results matrix.

6. Outline implementation (including coordination, monitoring, and evaluation arrangements), and financing options.




7. Formal validation of the recovery and peacebuilding plan and results matrix.

8. Agreement on implementation and financing arrangements.

9. Lessons learning.

EU engagement in RPBAs has several benefits, raising the profile of the EU in the country and promoting EU concerns and priorities. For example, in Nigeria the EU engagement promoted stronger involvement and ownership at the State level and better coordination between State and Federal levels.

During 2008-2018 eleven RPBA exercises were undertaken. In the 2013-2017 timeframe the EU directly supported RPBA-related activities in the following countries: