UNDP Conducts Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Disaster Recovery Framework Training in Cambodia

Jan 18, 2018

Group discussion activities in the training workshop - Photo by Sok Phoeuk (ADPC)

In 2008, The United Nations Development Group (UNDG), the European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB) signed a joint declaration on Post-Crisis Assessments and Recovery Planning committing to collaborate and harmonize post‐crisis frameworks to support post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning.

Since the signature of the agreement, UN, WB and EU have jointly developed the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) procedural and technical guidelines and the Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) guides. Both the PDNA Guidelines and the Disaster Recovery Framework Guide were officially launched at the Sendai Third World Conference on DRR on 14 March 2015.

As part of the wide dissemination of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment in Cambodia, UNDP conducts a 5-day training on PDNA and DRF in Siem Reap​ from 15 to 19 January 2018, in collaboration with the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM). The training is an effort in envisaging a systematic approach of PDNA and DRF to build capacities of various government entities in Cambodia, other UN agencies and other humanitarian / development actors.

The main purpose of the training is to inform Government officials in Cambodia on the advantages of applying a standardized approach and methodology to conduct post disaster needs assessments, formulate a recovery strategy and plan for its successful implementation.

Facilitators of the training are experienced professionals in the field of post disaster needs assessments and recovery implementation who have been engaged in the development of the PDNA methodology and the formulation of recovery frameworks, with enough practical experience on the ground.  The core team of trainers is complemented by selected sector experts who provide their specialized perspective in key areas such as infrastructure, productive sectors, socio-economic aspects and will reflect on the cross-cutting issues of PDNA and recovery formulation such as governance, disaster risk reduction, environment, gender, employment and livelihoods.

A total of 45 participants attending the training, 29 of whom are from NCDM, various line ministries and Provincial Committee of Disaster Management; whereas 16 participants are from Cambodian Humanitarian Forum, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UN agencies Cambodia and New York. The participants were trained in the use and application of the PDNA and DRF methodology and approach, adopting a series of interactive lectures, practical exercises and simulation as well as a standardized case-study analysis.

The first of its kind training is welcomed by all participants, especially that they foresee to be involved in the future assessment related to needs assessment. Mr. Stephen Houston, a Senior DRM Advisor to NCDM views that the capacity to do PDNA and DRF is a big improvement over the previous system, in which many of the ad-hoc assessments were conducted without a preparedness training on PDNA. Mr. So Socheath, National Emergency Consultant of the World Food Programme (WFP) views the importance of having emergency and recovery preparedness strategy in Cambodia. This will smoothen the coordination effort in the country should disaster hit by which all actors are well prepared for development of PDNA. Ms. Tim Sokuntheary, a representative of PCDM from Kampong Cham expresses her confidence over being involved of conducting PDNA at local level; thanks to the introduction of concept and demonstration of case studies on PDNA throughout the training.

H.E. Khun Sokha, Advisor to NCDM and Director of Preparedness Department, further emphasizes the importance of building capacity on PDNA and DRF to government officials at the federal and provincial levels. He further verses the need of building capacity of officials of PCDM and other line ministries in all provinces in the country and calls upon further activities in ensuring that PDNA is well-understood by various actors in the country and so in the future, all stakeholders would adopt similar approach in conducting PDNA and develop recovery needs framework for a more resilient Cambodia.

For further information or request for an interview, please contact:

Ms. Lang Sok, Communications Analyst​, via 017 663 006 or communications.kh@undp.org

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