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Suggestions for the NRA

  • Although the NRA has been set up, reliability and the management of reconstruction tasks are exigent

Aug 15, 2015-

Resurgence of non-economic aspects is extremely essential in bringing the earthquake victims’ lives back to normal. Developing physical infrastructure only fulfils the physiological needs; if the non-economic aspects are neglected while the Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) formulates a post-earthquake resurgence strategy, the victims’ lives regarding their socio-economic development would remain an issue. Therefore, the NRA CEO must have the necessary management skills of teaming up with socio-economic and gender experts if the government wants to succeed in resolving the catastrophic effects of the earthquake.  

Things to consider

Despite the International Conference on Nepal Reconstruction (ICNR) producing fantastic results regarding rehabilitation aid, the materialisation of the proposed measures has been questionable. The NRA has been disorganised due to political conflicts, but the people are desperately waiting to get some support.

The people in the affected areas are facing economic loss, socioeconomic pain, and psychological stress. Neglecting these aspects while planning for reconstruction will fall short of re-establishing sustainable communities for the victims. Building physical infrastructure in this area is not enough; managing resources to get those structures running meaningfully is vital.

Resurgence strategies give equal consideration to Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) methodologies. There are about 26 percent of women headed households which have been affected by the earthquake according to the Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) report; also, over 64 percent of the women work force is in rural agriculture, which has the greatest work load in comparison to other fields.  

Currently, women and children are seen as the most affected victims, as most of the youths and working males are abroad for employment. Also, economic empowerment for marginalised groups is critical if they are to lead sustainable lives. Thus, GESI consideration is crucial while implementing the resurgence programs, since deprived and underprivileged households have been hit the hardest. Equality does not cater for the uneven playing field of the society; therefore, ensuring equity is essential.

Long way to go

While the earthquake caused economic devastation in many districts, it also contributed to a painful, stressful, and troublesome period for the people, which further harmed the economy of the nation by affecting almost all industries. As the PDNA highlighted, $6.5 billion  is required to restore the country back to its previous state. So it is a challenging job for the CEO of the NRA to handle the donors’ needs, the community needs, and the bureaucratic inputs to accomplish the reconstruction goals.

Project developments, funding schemes and preliminary research in the affected areas regarding socio-economic aspects are vital. It will determine the type of houses and the required sizes in respect to families. It is important for the government that the person in charge must be from a management background who can work efficiently despite of the political pressure from outsiders.

The sustainable living of the rural people, the biodiversity in their environment, and their socio-economic factors are also crucial. Without considering these factors while orchestrating the rehabilitation effort, the NRA seems to be more likely to fail. Therefore, the government must start conducting biodiversity and social economic analysis in the affected areas.

Although the Reconstruction Authority is set up to govern all reconstruction projects, reliability and the management of reconstruction tasks are exigent. The government should not be sluggish to take the required steps as the victims are suffering.

To be a successful leader of the NRA, the CEO must know how to leverage relationships and interpersonal skills to meet the expectations of donors, bureaucrats and victims. Most importantly, he should be competent in leveraging the capabilities of others’ expertise, rather than performing the jobs of others. For this, good management skills are necessary. To  implement formulated strategies and action plans efficiently, the CEO must avoid power syndicates and look for the best and the most ethical managerial leaders.

KC is a certified Accredited Management Consultant from International Board of Standards of Global Academy of Financial and Management, USA

Published: 16-08-2015 10:24

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