Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment: Guidance Notes (DaLA Method)


General Information:

Author: International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), The World Bank

Year of publication: 2010

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Post-disaster risk assessment

Format of assessment: Guideline

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: 2 months

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: Government representatives, international organizations and other domestic agencies

Institutional scale of use: Multiple (see details)

Details: National, regional, community/local level (depending on data availability)

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: State level decision makers and local decision makers

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: Development cooperation

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Not sector specific

Details: Sectors shall be chosen based on importance of human and economic activities

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Quantitative calculation of loss & damage through disaster, field surveys, field visits to destructed areas

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: No information

Details: As it is not a risk assesment but a L&D assesment no risk framework is utilized

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Sectoral baseline data (data on what assets existed before the disaster); Estimation of costs for reconstruction; Estimation of impacts on sectors and long term economic development

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: Effects of disasters on long term economic development, and intersectoral effects of destruction in one sector considered

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Details: The analysis also incorporates strategies of how to build back better and factors in these costs for reconstruction

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Details: Recommendations (accounting for financial needs) to build-back better are incorporated

Usefulness for political purposes: Post-disaster funds from World Bank GFDRR

Applied by whom: The World bank

Open access: Yes