Annual Report 2015: Policy engagement

Framework for Quake Recovery through Livelihood Resilience  Adopted by Nepal Government 

How can the immediate needs of rebuilding and recovery be achieved in ways that also strengthen communities for the future? ICIMOD became a strong voice for the incorporation of socioeconomic development into recovery planning after the Gorkha earthquake, and the effort bore fruit with the creation of a strategic framework, developed in collaboration with the Nepal National Planning Commission, that pinpoints ways to integrate recovery into long-term development planning.

The framework draws on global and regional experience to identify effective, evidence-based approaches to improve livelihoods in ways that underpin long-term resilience. It focuses on elements that include incorporating vocational training and local skill development with recovery work, incentivizing the building of eco-friendly structures, and ensuring that jobs reach women and marginalized people who are deeply vulnerable in disasters.

The Strategic Framework for Resilient Livelihoods in Earthquake-Affected Areas is a sign of the depth of policy engagement between ICIMOD and the Government of Nepal. It also prompted other development agencies to seek ICIMOD’s assistance in extending the concepts and insights to their own work. Implementation of the framework can improve resiliency – not only when disaster strikes, but in the face of the many challenges that are part of the lives of mountain people.