Date: 17 Nov 2020 to: 27 Nov 2020



The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on Africa. As of early September 2020, the Africa Centre for Disease Control reported 1,267,656 confirmed cases across the continent, with 30,294 deaths. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, between 300,000 and 3.3 million Africans could lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19, depending on the intervention measures taken to stop the spread (UNECA, April 2020).

Through the Sahel Resilience Project, UNDP in partnership with PERIPERI U and Stellenbosch University, are hosting short courses between 17 - 20 November and 24 – 27 November 2020 designed to introduce representatives of academia, disaster risk  agencies, national governments and regional organizations located within ECOWAS member states to various approaches for conducting systematic post disaster needs assessments and in the application of the COVID-19 Recovery Needs Assessment (CRNA) and Recovery Planning methodology and tools.



The key learning objectives of the course are to develop a sound understanding of the following:

  • Concepts, key terms and methodology of Post-disaster recovery needs assessment (PDNA) and Recovery Planning;
  • Scope of the CRNA, sectors covered, roles of the assessment team members and key deliverables and expectations from the assessment;
  • Role and relevance of sectoral groups in line with the five pillars of the UNSG Socio Economic Framework: Health, Education, Agriculture, Food security, Employment and Livelihoods, Protection and others;
  • Process of conducting the assessment which include: 1) Baseline data gathering, COVID-19 effects data gathering; 2) Data Analysis; 3) Drafting sector reports; 4) First round of review of sectors COVID 19 effects; 5) Drafting sector recovery needs and recovery strategy; 6) Finalizing sector reports for consolidation;
  • Identification of Capacity gaps, Coordination, Information Management and Logistics arrangements of the Assessment;
  • Translation of CRNA results into Recovery Framework or a Strategy and its implementation



By the end of this course, participants will be expected to be able to support and conduct disaster needs assessments (both CRNAs as well as PDNAs after other disasters) and formulate of Disaster Risk Frameworks in the aftermath of a disaster.

They will also be invited to become part of a regional network whose members are expected to contribute to the strengthening of national and regional capacities for recovery and assist national and sub-national governments in undertaking disaster needs assessments and in formulating recovery frameworks in Africa



The target audience of the training are for stakeholders from the ECOWAS Region. Particular priority will be given to those from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

  1. Members of the Academia – Professors, research scholars and advanced Doctoral candidates who are working on disaster risk reduction,
  2. Government Officials from Ministry/Institution responsible for DRR, Ministries of Planning, Finance and Health; and representatives of intergovernmental organizations (ECOWAS and AU) and Members of Africa Youth Advisory Board for DRR



The four-day Online training (not more than 3.5 hrs each day) includes a series of interactive lectures, power point presentations, directives for small and large group discussions, practical exercises, role-plays and a standardized case-study analysis.

The Course will be taught across two separate dates, with each version of the course designed specifically for a different type of audience;

  • 17-20 Nov 2020 – Course specifically for representatives of the Academia –
  • 24-27 Nov 2020 – Course specifically for representatives of National Governments & Intergovernmental Organizations

Trainings will be conducted in French, with interpretation services available for non-French speakers. For non-French speakers, the training materials will be made available in English. They will have the option of submitting the case study in English.

Participants are strongly required to familiarize themselves with the CRNA Guidance, PDNA methodology (Vol. A) and the Sectorial Approach (Vol. B) and complete the PDNA online course. Click here to view the Link



Upon successful completion of the training, trainees will receive a Certificate of Attendance, issued by UNDP and Stellenbosch University (on behalf of PERIPERI U).



Please note that this course has no Fee and is free of charge for all participants. However, space is limited to a maximum of 35 participants.

To apply for the course complete the embedded online application form below to capture your details. Please ensure that you answer all the key questions below and that you submit it correctly.

Please also note that completion of this application form does not mean you are immediately or automatically accepted to participate in the course. Once successfully completing this online application and submitting the requested documents, our registration staff will respond back within a few days to inform you whether your application was successful or not.


If you have any challenges completing this application form, please contact us at albertofrancioli@sun.ac.za