Côte d'Ivoire: Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, Recovery Framework and Technical Studies for Urban Resilience to Flood Risk in Abidjan

Context and Objectives

Following the dramatic floods in Abidjan on 18-19 June 2018, which led to at least 18 casualties and caused significant damage to infrastructure and around 1140 residential buildings, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire requested support to address these recurrent natural hazards and support for the preparation of a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Recovery Framework. A PDNA is a government-led assessment of damages, losses and needs, and a Recovery Framework sets out possible short-, medium- and long-term risk reduction measures to address those needs.

In addition to supporting the development of a PDNA and Recovery Framework, this ACP-EU NDRR project informs with in-depth studies the preparation of the World Bank-financed "Abidjan Urban Resilience" project. The Abidjan Urban Resilience project provides physical investments aiming at reducing flood risk and improving access to resilient infrastructures, such as drainage systems and waste management. Abidjan is namely increasingly vulnerable to coastal flooding, erosion, and landslide risk. The city is exposed to heavy precipitation during the rainy season, an increasing number of settlements is located along flood-prone banks, and the population of Abidjan has more than doubled since 2001 whereas urban planning has not kept pace with this rapid urbanization.

Main Activities

Component 1: Abidjan PDNA & Recovery Framework. Activities under this component included:

  • Validating and strengthening a damage and loss database;
  • Validating and strengthening a PDNA;
  • Preparing and carrying out the Recovery Framework.

Component 2: Preparation of the Abidjan Urban Resilience project.

Activities under this component informed the preparation of the World Bank-financed Abidjan Urban Resilience project. The ACP-EU NDRR Project carried out in-depth studies in the project areas (which are to be identified in the PDNA and Recovery Framework) and at watershed level. The studies focused on the following topics:

  • Review of relevant existing data and studies;
  • Assessment of hydrological-, flood-, erosion-, and landslide risk;
  • Further definition measures to reduce and/or mitigate risk, in accordance with the Recovery Framework.


The PDNA was successfully developed and validated, and technical assistance was provided for Urban Resilience investments. New technologies on risk identifying risk exposure, such as street view mapping, were piloted. Terms of Reference were drafted and a firm was recruited to carry out community mapping activities.  

Partnerships and Coordination

The project is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Safety, Environment, and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urbanism, the Ministry of Infrastructure, and with UN Agencies, in particular UNDP. Civil Society Organizations have been involved in the development of the PDNA.

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 3
Amount approved
  • $700,000
  • 11/2018 - 06/2021