Following the Beirut Port Blast that took place on August 4th, 2020; the United Nations (UN), the World Bank Group (WBG), and the European Union (EU) launched a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDNA) to examine the impact on the population, physical assets, infrastructure, and service delivery. The Beirut RDNA uses ground data and cutting-edge remote tools and technology to assess (i) damages to physical assets, (ii) ensuing economic losses, and (iii) recovery and reconstruction needs.
The Beirut RDNA builds on extensive stakeholder feedback and engagement meetings organised with concerned government entities, civil society organisations, INGOs, professional associations, private sector organisations, think tanks, youth groups, donors, and UN agencies.
The RDNA recommends a framework for Reform, Recovery, and Reconstruction (the '3Rs') to build back a better Lebanon based on principles of transparency, inclusion and accountability. The 3Rs framework combines people-centered recovery and reconstruction interventions with structural reforms that include macroeconomic stabilization, governance reforms, the private sector operating environment and ensuring human security.