UNDP Convenes National Post Disaster Needs Assessment TrainingsJul 28, 2016
Caribbean countries suffer loss from natural hazards almost on an annual basis. The risk of this is heightened during the wet season by the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes during the period from June to November which can result in significant loss of life, livelihoods and human and economic development.
While countries in the Caribbean have made substantial progress in strengthening their capacities in disaster management, there has been less progress in assessing the full cost of hazard impacts on the society broadly and the cost-benefit of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies in preventing future losses.
Further, in most cases, it is evident that many institutions in the region do not fully grasp how the Post Disaster Needs Assessment* (PDNA) relates to initial and sector damage assessments, existing socio-economic data and information, the country’s post-disaster recovery strategy and building future resilience to hazard risks.
With this in mind, the UNDP Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the OECS has been conducting training workshops focused on the PDNA methodology. Following on the heels of the regional training completed in July 2014, a series of 4-day national training sessions has been conducted throughout 2015 and 2016 in seven Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines), with a final training to take place in Dominica during October 2016.
Through these workshops, technical specialists and decision makers from various ministries and sectors gained an in-depth understanding of the PDNA methodology and how government assessment datasets and processes contribute to the PDNA assessment. The sessions were very interactive with the most lively discussions surrounding:
• The importance of collaboration between sectors and inter-sectoral linkages
• Data management in PDNA (sources, verification, duplicates); and
• Applying the methodology to the cross cutting issues of gender and the environment,
Ongoing training is being planned in the coming years to further deepen the understanding of the training methodology and expand the cadre of national stakeholders with confidence in their ability to the process.
This project will be closely aligned to the UNDP global roll-out of the PDNA initiative with targeted support by the UNDP HQ Global PDNA.
*The UN Development Group (UNDG), the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) have collaborated on the development of a joint Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). The PDNA represents a harmonized and coordinated approach to providing comprehensive and government led assessments of the post disaster damages, losses, impacts and recovery needs and paving the way for a consolidated recovery framework.