Preparedness for Response and Recovery
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The Preparedness for Response and Recovery department of ADPC focuses on enhancing the response management capacities of governments, response organizations, volunteers, and communities. It also strives to strengthen the capacity of institutions for faster and efficient disaster recovery. The department works with governments, the private sector, and local humanitarian organizations to ensure that local and national disaster response and recovery frameworks and implementation plans are in place well before disaster strikes.

The humanitarian landscape has become more complicated over the past few decades. It is critical that emergency response becomes more efficient to keep pace with the rapidly evolving context of emergencies and to meet the needs of millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance and recovery.

Successful recovery following a disaster is challenging as it occurs in an urgent and chaotic environment - often involving many government and non-government actors. ADPC recognizes that preparedness for response and recovery planning is important, which should be guided by essential aspects of accountability, compliance, equality, inclusion, and clarity of roles and responsibilities. ADPC continues to integrate marginalized groups into preparedness planning and recovery framework.

Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to "build-back-better:

This involves the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reductions's priority 4, "Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to "Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction" which reflects the importance of incorporating long-term sustainable risk reduction measures into disaster management. The department aims at helping governments in using the recovery phase as an opportunity to introduce resilience-building mechanisms, such as environmental protection, urban design, personal safety, gender equality, and increased opportunities for marginalized groups.

Strengthening the interface between the government and other stakeholders for disaster preparedness:

This involves engaging with governments, local humanitarian organizations, and the private sector in enhancing their capacities on preparedness for response. The department aims to engage with selected countries in the region to strengthen the interface for better preparedness between response agencies and National Disaster Management Organizations (NDMOs). The focus will be on enhancing preparedness planning, emergency response services, and capacities at all levels

Developing guidance and tools for resilient recovery:

This involves developing easy-to-understand guides and tools to assist line ministries and agencies as well as local government offices to formulate comprehensive post-disaster recovery plans with coherent and actionable policies, strategies, programs, and projects. The department aims at raising awareness about the importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) into post-disaster recovery plans.

Capacity building on Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and recovery planning:

ADPC Strategy 2020 gives utmost importance to capacity building on Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and recovery planning for government officials, professionals, and business entities. Recognizing the value of timely, inclusive, and accurate PDNA and good recovery planning, ADPC aims to provide technical and capacity building support to selected countries by 2020 according to the commonly agreed principles of post-crisis response framework introduced by the World Bank, the European Union, and the United Nations. It will further encourage countries to adapt the international methods and build national and local level institutional arrangements and related capacities.

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