Disaster recovery indicators

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Stephen Platt
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There is a pressing need for a systematic approach to monitoring and evaluating recovery and reconstruction following a disaster and a need for a framework that promotes transparency and warns if the reconstruction is not going to plan. Monitoring and evaluation of recovery and reconstruction after natural disasters can assist on-going aid effort, provide accountability and guide aid policy.

This report provides a systematic, independent and replicable approach to monitoring and evaluating the recovery process. The indicators proposed in the guidelines were tested in case study research of Ban Nam Khem, Thailand, that was hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Chella Bandi, Muzaffarabad, AJK Pakistan, that was struck by the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

The research was conducted by a group known as RebuilDD from Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, the University of Cambridge, and ImageCAT Inc and was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The World Bank have steered this work through their role on the Project Steering Committee.

Remote sensing-based performance indicators offer national governments and donor agencies a systematic and independent framework for accurately and comprehensively monitoring and evaluating recovery and reconstruction. The indicators encompass a range of physical, environmental, social and economic factors that combine to give an accurate picture of the reconstruction process at specific intervals.

The report is aimed at senior policy makers in NGOs and governmental relief agencies as well as people charged with monitoring recovery. It is intended to give the reader information about how the proposed indicator set was derived, detailed feedback on the application of these indicators in the two case studies and finally an assessment of how useful we found remote imagery to be in monitoring recovery.

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