Handbook on Recovery Institutions: A Guide for Recovery Leaders and Practitioners

Intended for anyone responsible for establishing, leading, supporting, or working with a government agency dedicated to managing disaster recovery after a catastrophic event, the “Handbook on Recovery Institutions: A Guidebook for Recovery Leaders and Practitioners describes institutional options, features, and management lessons based on actual disaster recovery operations experience. It is a useful planning tool for practitioners and decision-makers who need to design, manage and evaluate disaster recovery.

Based on current literature, relevant examples and a set of case studies from six countries (Chile, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Serbia and Mozambique), the manual draws lessons from institutional arrangements and recovery management strategies put in place after catastrophic disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that institutional arrangements are fundamental because they affect the pace and quality of post-disaster recovery, the manual sets out the criteria for designing and selecting a lead institution and key requirements for successful institutional arrangements.

The manual also contains a checklist of key elements to consider in the process of establishing institutional arrangements as well as sample terms of reference for key staff involved in the recovery process.