In September 2014, GFDRR hosted the second World Reconstruction Conference in Washington, D.C.

These proceedings cover the three-day conference, during which more than 500 participants from over 60 countries explored innovative approaches for restoring lives, livelihoods, and assets that are more resilient to future natural hazards.

To help countries plan for a recovery that is efficient and effective, GFDRR and its partners launched early editions of knowledge products—the PostDisaster Needs Assessment Guide, Disaster Recovery Framework Guide, and nine country case studies—that will help countries to finance, manage, and monitor the post-disaster recovery process.

From sessions on housing recovery and conflict situations to empowering women and communities, a wide breadth of expertise was represented at the conference. Throughout these sessions, several key findings emerged, which will help inform future government-led recovery and reconstruction efforts:

The second World Reconstruction Conference was jointly organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank Group.