‘Civil society’s role crucial for recovery’

  • post-quake rebuilding
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 30, 2015-

An organised and united civil society to ensure accountability in post-disaster response and to incorporate transformation in reconstruction is crucial in Nepal’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of April 25, General Secretary of ActionAid International Adriano Campolina said on Tuesday.

Sharing his insight into dealing with the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Campolina stressed the need of bringing accountability and transparency in power to avoid the bitter experiences of Haiti. “It took three years in Haiti before people could unite, negotiate policies and for the government to achieve a coordinated reconstruction programme,” Campolina said. “Nepal, in that case, has a unique advantage to meet humanitarian and rehabilitation needs as a strong communal alliance can be seen from the beginning.”

Campolina was speaking at an interaction programme titled ‘Critical Learning from Haiti’ organised by Civil Alliance for Recovery and Reconstruction (CARR) in the Capital. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 killed some 220,000 people and destroyed some 300,000 buildings.

Haiti is often cited as a bad example in post-disaster response by the country’s government and international community, with observers noting that the crisis stretched far too long.

A huge gap between the commitment from donors and in reality was also witnessed in Haiti as only half of the donor-pledged $9 billion actually came into the country, according to Campolina.

On top of that, reconstruction took longer than expected due to weak coordination between donors and their hidden interests, he added.

Also speaking in the programme, convener of CARR Ajay Dixit said that the civic alliances act as a knowledge platform and facilitate constructive dialogue between stakeholder agencies.

“If we want to build back better, our general conscience should embody resilience and we have to seek partnership with aid agencies rather than depend on them,” he added.

Published: 01-07-2015 07:46

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