Local-level governance of risk and resilience in Nepal: a comparison of community-based and local authority disaster risk reduction capacity

Jones, Samantha, Aryal, Komal and Collins, Andrew (2013) Local-level governance of risk and resilience in Nepal: a comparison of community-based and local authority disaster risk reduction capacity. Disasters, 37 (3). pp. 442-467. ISSN 0361-3666

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/disa.12006

Abstract

This paper explores the circumstances in which communities may effectively reduce risks. It draws on the example of two ‘Risk and Resilience Committees’ (RRCs) that were established in Nepal as part of an action research project: one in Panchkhal in the central region, operating as a community-based organisation (CBO); and the other in Dhankuta in the eastern region, embedded in municipal government. In-depth interviews were conducted with RRC members. Wider community preferences for risk reduction were examined through a questionnaire survey. In Dhankuta, the RRC obtained further funding, developed strong upward and downward institutional links, and applied a ‘disaster risk reduction lens’ to existing local government responsibilities. In Panchkhal, RRC activities have been limited by funding and have focused on the strengthening of livelihoods. It may be concluded tentatively that community-based disaster risk reduction activities are more successful when they are institutionally embedded in local government structures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community-based disaster risk reduction, governance, Nepal, resilience, risk, risk and resilience committees
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
T400 Other Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 10:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6336

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