The primary purpose of the HFA monitor was to assist countries in monitoring and reviewing their progress and challenges in the implementation of disaster risk reduction and recovery actions undertaken at the national level, in accordance with the Hyogo Framework's priorities.
The online tool was designed and coordinated by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The information was collected and approved by designated national authorities / HFA focal points who were encouraged to engage in a multi-stakeholder review process. Between 2007 and 2015, governments participated in at least one cycle of the HFA review using the online HFA Monitor.
The archive of national HFA progress reports now represents the most comprehensive body of information available on how countries have implemented the HFA, documenting achievements in developing the policies, legislation, information systems and institutional frameworks recommended by the HFA.
Government self-assessments prepared using the HFA Monitor provide evidence of an enormous investment by governments in new legislative and instrumental systems, policies, budgetary allocations, information systems, early warning mechanisms, disaster preparedness, and to a lesser extent in corrective disaster risk management.
To provide a more complete picture of whether the new national policies described by the HFA Monitor have led to effective reduction in risk, and to identify common success factors and challenges, peer-reviewed research was commissioned for the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to complement the findings from the HFA Monitor.