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Technical Assistance Financing Facility (TAFF)

The Technical Assistance Financing Facility for Disaster Prevention and Preparedness (TAFF) has been set up to enable national civil protection and disaster risk management authorities to access technical assistance and global knowledge on prevention and preparedness to support country and EU efforts on disaster risk management (DRM).

About

The Technical Assistance Financing Facility for Disaster Prevention and Preparedness (TAFF) is a partnership between the European Commission through its Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). 

Its overall objective is to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of countries under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) for disaster prevention and preparedness with a focus on:

Multi-hazard

Strengthening the capacity:

Of civil protection and other relevant competent authorities in scaling up disaster and climate resilience in line with the Union Disaster Resilience Goals and the European Green Deal, as well as the countries’ national priorities
Floods

Supporting investments:

In disaster prevention and preparedness through the development of a project pipeline and enhanced administrative capacity.
Earthquake

Improving the knowledge base:

On disaster risk management, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge, good practices and information.

The TAFF is a mechanism which allows national civil protection and disaster risk management authorities to access technical assistance and global knowledge on prevention and preparedness to support country efforts on disaster risk management (DRM).  The TAFF is aligned with: 

  • The European Union Disaster Resilience Goals, which focus on enhancing UCPM response capacity, strengthening crisis and emergency preparedness of civil protection, improved risk analytics, anticipation and planning, enhanced early warning systems, and increased risk awareness of the population.
  • The World Bank’s strategy in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, which focuses on supporting a green transition, building resilience, and strengthening institutions.
  • The GFDRR mission to support communities and countries to reduce risk, prepare for, and recover from disaster by integrating DRM and climate change adaptation into development strategies and programs, and contributing to country efforts in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

TAFF has an initial financial envelope of EUR 4 million in 2024 and two components: 

1. Country-specific technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of civil protection and other relevant competent authorities under the UCPM in scaling up investments contributing to disaster and climate resilience. Technical assistance includes various types of analytics, technical studies and recommendations for plans and strategies, piloting of activities, and capacity-building/training activities. Key areas of support include:

Anticipate

Anticipate

Improving anticipation and disaster risk management planning to proactively address potential hazards.
Prepare

Prepare

Raising risk awareness and preparedness levels among the population to effectively respond to emergencies.
Alert

Alert

Enhancing early warning and hydro-meteorological systems for timely and accurate information dissemination.
Secure

Secure

Strengthening national civil protection systems to strengthen to prevent and prepare for disasters.

2. Knowledge and capacity building to facilitate the transfer and sharing of knowledge among countries on disaster risk management and facilitate the sharing of good practices across UCPM countries. Knowledge products and activities include, for example, studies, collection of best practices and lessons learned, practical guidance/knowledge notes, interactive workshops and technical deep dives/clinics, and training programs. 

How it works

Country-specific technical assistance 

Eligible countries include EU Member States, Participating States of the UCPM, and Georgia and Kosovo* in view of their ongoing efforts to join the UCPM. 

Eligible entities include national level civil protection authorities or authorities with disaster risk management (DRM) responsibilities of eligible countries. 

Expressions of Interest and Shortlisting: Eligible entities for the 2024 call expressed their interest by completing the below form and submitting it before 18 April 2024. Expressions of interest should be sent to UCPM_TAFF@worldbank.org

An info session will took place on 22 March at 10.00-12.00 via Webex

Proposals and start of activities: Based on the approved shortlist, World Bank/GFDRR, in coordination with beneficiary country and entity develops a full proposal for the proposed activities, and World Bank teams start implementation. 

Project duration is expected between 18 and 24 months.

Coordination and reporting: The World Bank/GFDRR teams implement activities in coordination with the beneficiary, and disseminate knowledge and lessons learned.

Factsheet-EU-WB Technical Assistance Financing Facility (TAFF) For Disaster Prevention and Preparedness

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TAFF Guide for Expression of Interest

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TAFF EOI evaluation criteria

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TAFF Indicative table activities

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TAFF Template for EOI

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TAFF Summary

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UCPM TAFF_Questions and Answers

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