Samoa: Post-Disaster Needs Assessment - Cyclone Evan


Context and Objectives 
The key objective of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) was to assist Government of Samoa to:

  • Determine the socio-economic impact of the disaster including the cost of damages and losses on physical structures, disruption of essential public services, and alteration of community processes;
  • Provide a coordinated and credible basis for recovery and reconstruction planning through identifying and costing the priority needs and through formulating a recovery framework;
  • Review and as appropriate revise strategies and measures to reduce risks and build back better including the identification of new emerging activities associated with the recovery and reconstruction efforts proposed after the current disaster; and,
  • Organize the mobilization and coordination mechanism of resources including those with the international donors, UN system and international financial institutions.

Main Activities and results
The main activities of the project were:

  • Planning and Training/Data Collection and verification
  • Conducting analysis and providing recommendations
  • Harmonising sector reports and integrating them in the final PDNA report.

The PDNA resulted in a government-owned report outlining opportunities for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into national recovery and development strategies , as well as next steps in the reconstruction and recovery efforts.

Partnerships and Coordination
The PDNA process is government-led with technical support and facilitation provided by SPC/SOAPC in partnership with the World Bank, United Nations, and the European Commission.

Useful Links
Link to PDNA

  • Pacific
Priority area
  • Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
Window of Action
  • Window 3
Amount approved
  • $104,624
  • $98,000
  • 01/2013 - 06/2013