Nepal, three months after the quake

International Alert visiting child-friendly spaces in a camp for people displaced by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

This Saturday (25 July) marks three months since the first of a series of earthquakes struck Nepal, destroying thousands of homes and affecting eight million people. Tremors can still be felt across the country.

International Alert has been working to support the people of Nepal and various organisations to ensure that aid delivery, as well as long-term reconstruction efforts in the country, are carried out in a way that is sustainable, fosters social cohesion and contributes to lasting peace.

In particular, we have been:

  • Providing technical guidance on accountability, inclusivity and 'conflict-sensitivity' in the provision of assistance to people affected by the earthquakes to organisations such as the Red Cross;
  • Supporting the humanitarian sector in general to ensure that planning and delivery of assistance is conflict-sensitive, meaning that it helps foster long-term peace and minimise conflict in the country; and
  • Looking at the different ways the earthquakes and subsequent relief efforts have affected people of different genders and social backgrounds in Nepal (for example, those living in cities and the countryside). This included holding a 'Peace Café' discussion at the Alert offices in Kathmandu on 10 July on the gender dimensions and conflict risks of the quakes. This research will provide insights into how future assistance can meet different needs.

Last month, we also held a panel discussion and special fundraising evening on 'Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal', raising £2,500 in support of our work in Nepal. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Alert has been working in Nepal since 2001, supporting peacebuilding efforts in the country during and after the war that ended nine years ago. We believe that aid can enhance peace through early recovery initiatives that bridge traditional divides and minimise politicisation and corruption.

This will help to ensure Nepal’s sustainable recovery on all fronts.

Photo: Jana Naujoks/International Alert