Community-Led Reconstruction, Social Inclusion and Participation in Post-earthquake Nepal

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Abstract

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Motivation: Disasters have terrible consequences for those affected, but do they also provide opportunities to challenge existing social divisions and inequalities and to promote democratic social change?
Purpose: This paper explores whether community-led reconstruction (CLR) can leverage progressive social change by increasing the participation and social inclusion of marginalised and excluded groups. It addresses the question: To what extent and in what ways can CLR facilitate participation and social inclusion in post-disaster contexts? It does so by examining the community-led reconstruction programme (CLRP) implemented by the NGO ActionAid Nepal (AAN) after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.
Approach and methods: After reviewing existing literature on CLR, including shortcomings in implementation, the study utilises data collected from community focus groups and interviews with government officials, as well as from a perception survey undertaken among earthquake victims. We collected data for six categories of marginalised people: women, landless, Dalits, indigenous groups, elderly and youth, and analysed the data pertaining to issues of participation and inclusion for each category using NVIVO software.
Findings: The findings indicate greater progress towards women’s social inclusion than for other marginalised social groups, with improvements in women’s social status. Additionally, enhanced community solidarity was evident in support of landless people. While newly created community reconstruction committees had not sustained their activities, the presence of pre-existing local social movements, such as women’s rights forums and land rights forums, was key to making claims on government. Therefore, AAN’s CLRP had led to limited achievements in terms of greater participation and social inclusion of some hitherto marginalised groups, though difficulties in sustaining challenges to deep-seated inequalities were also noted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
Number of pages29
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Volume(In-press)
Early online date8 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • community-led
  • disaster
  • earthquake
  • inclusion
  • Nepal
  • Participation
  • reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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