Recovery Needs Assessment

The Government of the Republic of Serbia conducted a post-disaster needs assessment after the floods and landslides that occurred at the end of May 2014. The United Nations Country Team, the European Union, and the World Bank – on the basis of an inter-agency agreement subscribed in 2008 – provided financial and expert support to conduct the assessment.

 

The assessment enabled to estimate disaster effects – damages and losses – and impacts as well as the financial requirements to undertake recovery and reconstruction. More than 14 sectors of social and economic activity and cross-cutting issues were analysed during the assessment. The process of assessment was initiated on 9 June and was completed by July 10, 2014, thus lasting a total of 5 weeks.

 

This cooperation facilitated an effective and timely transition from the relief to the development effort, led by the Serbian Government. The assessment estimated physical damages and economic losses, and will also identify the impact on affected citizens and their recovery needs.

 

The Recovery Needs Assessment is conducted in close cooperation with relevant Serbian ministries led by the Office for Flood Affected Areas Assistance and Rehabilitation. Experts and officials of Serbian authorities, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, the European Commission, the UN and the World Bank determined recovery needs and priorities, bridging humanitarian response with early and long-term recovery, working closely with affected municipalities and civil society.

 

The Needs Assessment was ideally timed for activation of post-flood support to Serbia by various donors, including the EU Solidarity Fund, the UN Consolidated Appeal and World Bank/EBRD/EIB loans.

 

The Recovery Needs Assessment determines the socio-economic impact and cost of flooding, in particular in priority sectors such as Agriculture, Energy, Transport and Trade/Industry, and for private households and businesses, as well as the public sector. It also establishes an early-medium-long term recovery and reconstruction framework; carry out a macro-economic impact analysis; adjust risk reduction strategies for sustainable recovery and reconstruction; provide an analytical basis for the mobilisation and coordination of national, EU, World Bank, UN and international resources. It forms the basis for international donor assistance and make an important input to the planned international donors' conference.

 

Download the full version of the assessment here.