Japan pledges support to help African countries recover from disaster

Sep 26, 2014

Tokyo, 29 September 2014 – The government announced today that it will donate US$ 2 million to a United Nations programme to help African nations prepare for disasters.

The money will go to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) ‘Preparedness for Resilient Recovery’ project, which is working to help Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Niger and Rwanda, to better manage and prepare for recovery before disasters occur.

The funds are part of a growing focus on what UNDP calls ‘preparedness for recovery’, which aims to prepare governments, civil society and communities for the challenges associated with long-term recovery after a disaster.

“When we talk about disaster preparedness we are normally referring to emergency response and being better able to respond and provide relief,” says Jo Scheuer, UNDP’s Global Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction. “While this is absolutely important, it doesn’t include the long-term challenge of fully recovering from disasters, which can take years or longer if not well-planned.”

Key to the project is ensuring that countries not only reconstruct or rebuild pre-existing infrastructure (and pre-existing risks) but also learn from past mistakes and build back better says UNDP.

The Government of Japan is a leading donor to disaster risk reduction and recovery efforts, and will host the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in March 2015.

Contact information

Cedric Monteiro: cedric.monteiro@undp.org

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