Improving disaster response

International Alert has launched its report Building back better or restoring inequalities? in Kathmandu, Nepal through a joint event involving several civil society partners.

The event, called 'World Humanitarian Summit and Beyond', brought together several organisations who, alongside Alert, are part of the Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DP-Net). These included Save the Children, HelpAge International, DanChurchAid and the National Network of Community Disaster Management Committee (N-CDMC).

The aim of the event was to launch several related research reports by these organisations about the response to the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake that claimed nearly 9,000 lives. Through drawing on these findings and lessons learned, joint recommendations on age, gender and social inclusion in humanitarian preparedness and response were also formulated for a civil society proposition paper, which was distributed at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week. The paper was also discussed with the Nepali government’s delegation to the Summit before their departure.

The proposition paper forms the basis of joint advocacy efforts on earthquake recovery and reconstruction in Nepal. It identified a number of areas that need to be addressed to make improvements, highlighting in particular the need to empower and include marginalized persons and communities in all stages of disaster preparedness and response, taking into account how the disaster affected men, women, boys, girls, trans and intersex persons differently. The paper also emphasized the peacebuilding opportunity presented by the reconstruction effort, calling for the provision of training and employment for marginalized groups.

Over 50 participants attended the event, including civil society members, donors and government officials. Alert’s report presentation received a good response, with participants and organisers appreciative of our focus on conflict sensitivity and the gender dimensions of the humanitarian response.

Find out more about the findings of our research in this blog. You can also read more about our work in Nepal here.