The ILO, a key partner in Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs)

Disasters hamper socio-economic development and undermine the livelihoods of households and communities. Damaged workplaces, lost jobs and diminished income are the typical consequences of a disaster and affected disproportionally the poor and most vulnerable.

In the aftermath of a disaster, the ILO provides direct support to governments and social partners in undertaking a Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) in the ‘Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection’ (ELSP) sector. The ELSP sector assessment compliments earlier humanitarian livelihoods assessments to link the disaster recovery with national development objectives.

A PDNA is launched at the request of Government and estimates with support of the UNDG, the World Bank and the European Union post-disaster damage and losses across all sectors of the economy as well as the recovery, relief, reconstruction, and risk management needs. A PDNA also provides guidance to the Governments and the international donor community on a country’s short, medium, and long term recovery priorities.

Since 2005 over 48 PDNAs have been conducted in more than 40 countries. The ILO has supported 27 assessments, out of which six were conducted in 2014-2015.