A Detailed Study on Poverty and Vulnerability in Four Earthquake Affected Districts: Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot and Rasuwa

plane Status: Ongoing


This project aims to present facts and insights from earthquake-affected districts and identify the poorest, most vulnerable, and excludable such that they are not left behind. This study of Poverty and Vulnerability will support for better design and implementation of DFID’s six years (2016 –2021) Post-Earthquake Programme.

While adopting a ‘leave no one behind’ lens to post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, it is imperative to segregate “winners” and “losers” of development interventions and make sure that those who are often left behind, are instead brought in, engaged, and derive greater benefit from development and humanitarian programmes. The DFID’s goal can only be achieved by guaranteeing that reconstruction effort reaches the lives of the most vulnerable and excluded members of earthquake affected communities, wherever they are. However, the answer to the question ‘who is being left behind?’ is difficult to answer and is different in different contexts. Moreover, some groups will be better able than others to access the benefits of recovery and reconstruction efforts. Further, some groups have special needs and requirements that will not be met through the dominant modes of delivering reconstruction support. Additional and distinct activities will therefore be required to meet the specific needs of the most vulnerable households and individuals in the focus districts.

It is hence, the proposed study is initiated to deepen the mapping and analysis of poverty, vulnerability, exclusion and gender relations in the specific context of the four target districts of reconstruction programme. The research’s insights, learning and recommendations as a strategic document is hence expected to add value in verifying and/or evidence-based redesigning some components of programme if necessary. It will also unearth the better understanding associated to contemporary discourses, opportunities and challenges circling the reconstruction issues in Nepal.

Objective of Study

• To develop series of district maps identifying the poor, vulnerable and excluded communities and analyse the relationship between them and inter-districts/Village Council comparison.
• To identify the sources and process of exclusion and which groups are at risk of being left behind by the reconstruction effort in frame of current and planned modalities of assistance and why.
• To explore possible option on how gender (esp. single women and girls) participation and inclusion can be ensured in and benefit from reconstruction activities.

The projected is funded by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the technical supervision of Department for International Development (DFID)

Focal Person: Dhanej Thapa, Senior Researcher
Email: dhanejthapa@hotmail.com;dhanej@ndri.org.np

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