Methodology and Standards for Damage and Needs Assessments


This ProVention project aimed to develop and promote global standards and a methodology for collecting and processing data on social, economic and environmental impacts, and recovery requirements immediately following a disaster.

Conducted in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), this initiative supported the revision and promotion of ECLAC's 'Handbook for Estimating the Socio-economic Effects of Natural Disasters'. The activity began with a review of international experience with assessments, and subsequently a collection of existing tools was posted on the ProVention website (see resource section focusing on risk analysis and application). A series of stakeholder workshops was held in partnership with ECLAC to receive inputs on the revised methodology.

Outputs & events


The updated manual is available on the ProVention website, and a more user-friendly format of the manual is now available in hard copy and CD-ROM. The manual is available in English and Spanish. Efforts are now focusing on dissemination of the manual and training in its use.


Pilot training modules have taken place at the World Bank in May 2002 and in Quito, Ecuador in July 2002 (organised by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)). The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) has also collaborated by co-organising with the World Bank a workshop in Bangkok in August 2002 to disseminate the ECLAC methodology in that region.

Training on use of the manual was also incorporated into learning events for urban managers organised by the World Bank Hazard Risk Management Team and the World Bank Institute in Panama in March 2003, and in Turkey in May 2003. The Panama event included about 30 city managers from various Latin American countries, and the Turkey event included approximately 45 participants from Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.

Next Steps

Work with ECLAC is continuing to develop capacity for undertaking damage and needs assessments in other countries and among other relevant stakeholders.