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International Recovery Platform

About IRP

Why was it established?

The International Recovery Platform (IRP) was established following the Second UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, in 2005 to support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) by addressing the gaps and constraints experienced in the context of post-disaster recovery.[1] After a decade of functioning as an international source of knowledge on good recovery practice IRP is focusing on more specialised role as an "international mechanism for sharing experience and lessons associated with build-back-better".

How does it function?

IRP has limited capacity and therefore is not an operational body. In other words it does not directly implement project activities. Instead it functions as a platform for interested partners to periodically meet to exchange lessons and ideas that will promote recovery best practice and learnings as well as capacity building. Its activities are governed by a Steering Committee and supported by a small Secretariat based in Kobe Japan and hosted by the Japanese Government, the Hyogo Prefectural Government, ADRC, and UNDRR.

What activities does it undertake?

IRP works towards supporting greater advancements in the field of resilient recovery and build-back-better by (i) periodically bringing together a broad range of senior policy makers and practitioners to exchange experiences and facilitate discussion on resilient recovery challenges and build-back-better opportunities at the annual International Recovery Forum; (ii) advocating for closer cooperation with development partners, regional intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations, and regional platforms for disaster risk reduction in promoting and building capacity for achieving effective build-back-better outcomes; and (iii) sharing of information through its inter-active website (

Build-Back-Better: Systematic process to investigate the underlying reasons for failure and incorporating the lessons learned to inform the reconstruction and redevelopment process. Build- back -better priorities are identified and influenced by the recovery process.

Who is involved?


[1] Hyogo Framework for Action,

[2] Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,