APPS Policy Forum: Just Govern!
As the anniversary of 2015 Nepal earthquakes approaches, it is worth reflecting on the state of governance in Nepal. The status of relief for quake survivors ought to be of considerable concern. Initially paralysed by the magnitude and rapid succession of the quakes in 2015, the government was then able to mobilise and coordinate security forces for rescue efforts and for public safety. In the several weeks that followed, it was also able to galvanize its civil service to work with so-called “ward citizen forums” to provide emergency cash assistance of about US$150 each to households whose homes were damaged and vulnerable to the monsoons, and then to add another US$100 each to help them cope with the winter.
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