At least 70 senior officials and dozens of experts, representing nearly 30 countries, to convene in Dakar for a five-day workshop and training focused on disaster recovery in Africa.


Consisting of two key elements – a two-day recovery workshop for senior officials (19-20 March) and a three-day training for disaster recovery experts (21-23 March) – the overall objective is to both review recovery processes across Africa and to ensure that capacities are in place to improve future disaster recovery operations.

Considering recent experiences, special consideration will be given to recovery in conflict and fragile situations, particularly to those cases of overlap between drought and conflict/fragility.

The initial two-day, high-level workshop will frame the discussion on recovery in Africa by considering the nature of the crises, the impact on people, and the socio-economic and governance environment. Discussions will emphasize lessons learned and the path forward in recovery interventions, in recovery during protracted crises, in preparing for recovery in advance of disasters, and in tools available through the UN and partners to support these efforts.

The three-day training will focus on the Post Disaster Needs Assessments and Disaster Recovery Framework tools, which were developed by the UN, European Union and World Bank, and intended to support assessments and recovery planning in the event of a disaster.

Funding for the workshop and training has been provided by the Government of Japan, a long-term supporter of UNDP’s efforts to strengthen disaster resilience, along with contributions from the EU.

To arrange an interview or speak with someone about disaster recovery in Africa, please contact Carl Mercer at or +1 3476525933


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