AN EARLY RECOVERY PROGRAMME SHOULD DISPLAY SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:
01 Builds on emergency assistance programmes to ensure that their inputs become assets for longer term recovery and development.
02 Addresses the underlying causes of the crisis.
03 Builds the necessary foundation required for managing the recovery effort, for example, by rapid restoration of lost capacity at the local government level in the crisis affected area.
04 Strengthens existing capacities of local authorities to manage/coordinate crises, for example, through training programmes on local governance responsibilities.
05 Strengthens state capacities to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the people and promotes legal, institutional, and policy changes that can have a quick impact on the performance of local authorities and communities – by filling resource, authority and responsibility gaps, for example.
06 Strengthens the immediate or basic capacities of communities to cope with the crisis, for example, through training of affected populations on construction techniques that would allow them to reduce the risk of further loss from disasters.
07 Focuses on activities that prepare for the return of displaced communities, for example, repair of minor infrastructure such as small feeder roads and bridges to permit, access to markets and access to abandoned housing or farming plots abandoned as a result of the crisis.
08 Focuses on providing services for returning communities, such as water and sanitation, education, health, etc.
09 Supports local initiatives to revive livelihoods, through for example agricultural restoration.
10 Provides security, for example through mine action interventions, and confidence building for communities, such as policy dialogue with police, civil authorities, etc.
11 Pays attention to sustainability and equality, and includes communities in shaping and implementing activities.
12 Mainstreams peace-building and reconciliation activities, through for example, facilitation of dialogue among communities and reintegrating populations.
13 Links into local-level early recovery coordination mechanisms, which are supported by a strong interagency coordination mechanism for agencies supporting service provision at the local level, with a clear allocation of roles and responsibilities.
14 Utilizes inter-cluster coordination and interdependence of elements according to the partners’ mandates.