Post-Disaster Needs Assessment by the World Bank, the United Nations and the Government of Samoa

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Cyclone Evan, which hit Samoa on 13 December 2012, caused widespread damages across the country, killing at least five people. The impacts were severe, cutting power, disrupting communication services, destroying buildings and roads, and damaging agricultural area.
Following the event, the Government of Samoa declared a state of emergency and called for international assistance. Together with civil society groups and the international community it is already engaged in relief and rehabilitation work.

On 20 December 2012, the Government of Samoa requested support from the World Bank to work with other developing partners on a Damage and Loss assessment (DALA) as Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), reflecting on the successful and coordinated Government-led response following the tsunami of 2009. Per agreements between the UN, World Bank and European Commission on post-crisis cooperation, the World Bank has requested UN and EC participation in the assessment.

The key objectives of the PDNA is to assist Government of Samoa to: i) determine the socio-economic impact of the disaster including the cost of damages and losses on physical structures, disruption of essential public services, ii) establishing the costing of the identified needs in all key sectors to formulate a recovery result framework for early, medium and long-term recovery and reconstruction, iii) review and as appropriate revise strategies to reduce risk, including the identification of new emerging activities associated with the recovery and reconstruction efforts proposed after the current disaster, and iv) organize the mobilization and coordination mechanisms of resources including those with the international donors, UN system and IFIs.

In consultation with participating agencies and the Government of Samoa, experts have been identified for the sectors including education, culture, health, and livelihoods. They will engage in the PDNA process together with the management and technical support team which consists of planning, data collection, analysis and recommendations and reporting.

The PDNA processes will result in a government-owned report outlining the impact of the disaster, response to the disaster, a Recovery Result Framework and lessons-learnt.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 07.01.2013 08:00 local time
End 20.01.2013 16:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Takahashi, Akatsuki
Country Samoa
City Apia
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Estimated number of participants 20
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