“Building Back Better” (BBB) is a popular term used during post-disaster reconstruction and recovery in recent years with the idea of making communities stronger and more resilient following a disaster event. The “Guide to Developing Disaster Recovery Frameworks” (DRF Guide) produced by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes Building Back Better as a key policy imperative for recovery along with Converting Adversity into Opportunity and Pro-Poor Recovery. This annex on Building Back Better is a supplementary document to the DRF Guide and can be referred alongside to it during recovery planning.
It aims to clarify what BBB is; how BBB can be applied in different sectors; and how to incorporate BBB concepts into the recovery process for a successful recovery. The annex has been compiled from studies of disaster recovery efforts in more than 15 countries conducted by the World Bank’s GFDRR and research conducted by international academic research institutions such as the Centre for Disaster Resilience Recovery and Reconstruction at the University of Auckland and Resilient Organisations New Zealand.