During the initial stages of recovery efforts, supporting local-level recovery initiatives can serve as a springboard for large-scale reconstruction programs, which remains our biggest comparative advantage. Therefore, there is a need to expand these assessments to include other elements of recovery, which would inform preparation of multi-sectoral local level recovery interventions in the short-term, and major reconstruction programs in the medium- to long-term. Preparing such a coherent cross-sectoral roadmap for local-level recovery would include the following areas at a minimum:
- Institutional and social analysis: Analyzing institutional and societal capacity (for example based on existing assessments conducted by other players or within the World Bank), to assess the institutional implementation framework for recovery and reconstruction;
- Infrastructure and services: a) Assessing local-level damage and needs; and b) partnering with implementation partners on the ground (for example UN agencies and other local organizations that are active in humanitarian efforts, etc.);
- Implementation: a) Exploring third party monitoring mechanisms for reconstruction programs and identifying similar financing and implementation mechanisms that can enable the Bank to support local populations as soon as possible; and b) Geographic prioritization of potential areas for intervention (for example based on an analysis of recovery needs and forced displacement patterns);
- Partnerships: Establishing formal and informal understandings with partners paving the way for them to share their respective analyses and contribute to on-the-ground data validation.
Related: The Importance of Planning Syria’s Eventual Reconstruction