Vanuatu’s recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam will take a number of years and require strong support from all donors. The World Bank’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment, endorsed by the Vanuatu Government estimated total damage and loss from Tropical Cyclone Pam at around $600 million or 64 per cent of GDP. Recovery costs are assessed as $426 million.
In June 2015, the Vanuatu Government released its recovery plan, Strengthening ni-Vanuatu Resilience – National Recovery and Economic Strengthening Program Plan (Recovery Plan). The Recovery Plan outlines the Government’s priorities for recovery and reconstruction over the next two years. Recovery costs will exceed donor contributions, so it is important that development partners align their support with this plan.
Australia is working closely with the Vanuatu Government and humanitarian partners to help implement recovery. Australia has committed $35 million over three years (2015 to 2018) in long-term recovery support, bringing Australia’s total estimated cyclone assistance to $50 million. This package is in addition to the existing aid program.
Our recovery package will focus on:
- supporting livelihoods, economic recovery and the private sector
- repairing and rebuilding critical infrastructure for public administration
- restoring health and education facilities, and
- supporting resilience and gender and disability inclusion.
This package was developed in consultation with the Vanuatu Government and aligns closely with the critical needs identified in the Recovery Plan. Australia is best-placed to support recovery in these areas as they largely build on the strengths of our existing programs and relationships. To maximise their impact, our activities will focus on Shefa and Tafea provinces where almost 90 per cent of damage and loss occurred.
Our long-term recovery assistance is being delivered through a Vanuatu Trust Account in the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. Australian-funded projects will be implemented through the Vanuatu Government’s recovery management arrangements. This will allow for greater coherence with all donors and ensure alignment with Vanuatu Government policies and priorities.
The key outcomes of Australia’s contribution to the Cyclone Pam response are outlined in this factsheet and the below infographic.
Infographic—Australia's response to Tropic Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu