Developed on behalf of IFRC the driver behind the tool is to provide a coordinated framework to guide and inform the decision-making process in disaster affected communities, promoting more sustainable and resilient approaches to relief, recovery and reconstruction after a natural disaster.

Not only is a core driver to ‘build back better’ it is also to embed sustainability and resilience over the life of the development. In areas where threat of disasters is annual considerations made through using QSAND should support faster recovery times.

The tool can be used by any individual, group, or organisation undertaking development or reconstruction in a disaster affected area. We expect this to cover the following, but welcome its use in all situations where it can provide benefit
Projects or programmes focused on pre-disaster planning and preparedness, post disaster recovery or reconstruction taking place following, or to mitigate the impact of, a range of natural disaster types.

Users may include:

  1. District / Province / Field level (e.g. field project managers / practitioners / regulatory officials). Those directly involved in the development, implementation and oversight of activities, using QSAND to inform the programme design and regularly monitoring compliance against the criteria.
  2. National / Regional / Headquarter level (e.g. desk officer / technical advisors / programme managers / national or provincial government officials). Those who are primarily desk based and not involved in day to day implementation, using QSAND to track overall progress against the key sustainability criteria identified.
  3. Global / International Stakeholder / Donor level (e.g. international organisations / donors and finance institutions / policy analysts). Those involved in overseeing or advising on the overall response and longer-term development needs, using QSAND to track the trends in sustainable recovery and reconstruction.

Application support

Funded by IFRC, technical support is available to those using and applying QSAND.

Managed and facilitated by BRE Global, a range of support is available, from the most basic (responding to queries) to more tailored support which may take the form of a dedicated BRE QSAND contact depending on the scale of the QSAND application.

Support can take the form of email responses, telephone, video conference meetings or in specific circumstances, in-situ country support.

Contact QSAND for more information or with your query.

Tell Us About Your Experiences Using QSAND

We want to hear about your experiences using QSAND. Get in contact and tell us your views of the tool. We are always seeing case studies, get in touch if you feel your project should be featured on our website.

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Watch the QSAND Introductory Video here, created by Pallavi Dave. You can find out more about Pallavi’s work with QSAND here.


We’d like to say a big thank you to Pallavi for her support for QSAND and pro bono work in developing this video. If you are interested in seeing more of her work please visit her website: