Initiating Dialogue on Post-Disaster Reconstruction

SAWTEE implemented the project Initiating dialogue on post-disaster reconstruction with the financial support of The Asia Foundation, Nepal. The project was implemented in the aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake and the ensuing reconstruction process that called for discussions among various stakeholders on the economic impact of the earthquake. 

The objective of this year-long project, starting in March 2017, was to identify and streamline issues that were touched upon by the disaster and reconstruction activities for research-backed dialogues among relevant stakeholders to develop a clear and broader picture of the reconstruction process. Under the project, research in nine thematic areas were undertaken and nine monthly forums were organized to disseminate the findings of the research. The research reports were then compiled and published into a volume. The findings of the research were also published in the form of policy briefs and media articles. The nine thematic areas were as follows:  

  • Nepal post-disaster reconstruction experience: Current status and lessons learnt  

  • Migration and labour dynamics in post-disaster Nepal  

  • Expenditure analysis and tracking of post-earthquake reconstruction programmes  

  • Building safer urban spaces in post-disaster Nepal  

  • Post–earthquake conflict resolutions 

  • Unpacking and operationalizing disaster  

  • Reconstruction experience: Lessons for economic management 

  • Assessing the gender implications in post-disaster reconstruction period  

  • Nepal-China trade after the 2015 earthquake 

First Monthly Forum: 

Nepal Post Disaster Reconstruction Experience: Current Status and Lessons Learnt  

Research conducted by: Dr. Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, Former Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission

Second Monthly Forum: 

Migration and Labour Dynamics in Post Disaster Nepal 

Research conducted by: Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Former Member, National Planning Commission 


Third Monthly Forum: 

Expenditure Analysis and Tracking of Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Programmes  

Research conducted by: Mr. Kishor Maharjan, Vice Campus Chief, Shankar Dev Campus, Tribhuvan University 


Fourth Monthly Forum: 

Building Safer Urban Spaces in Post-Disaster Nepal 

Research conducted by: Mr. Kishore Thapa, Former Secretary, Government of Nepal 


Fifth Monthly Forum: 

Post – Earthquake Conflict Resolutions 

Presentation by: Mr. Mohan Das Manandhar, Executive Director, Niti Foundation


Sixth Monthly Forum:

Unpacking and Operationalizing Disaster 

Research conducted by: Mr. Ajaya Dixit, Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET)-Nepal .


Seventh Monthly Forum:

Reconstruction Experience: Lessons for Economic Management 

Research conducted by:  Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Former Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission


Eighth Monthly Forum:

Assessing the Gender Implications in Post Disaster Reconstruction Period 

Research conducted by:  Ms Neelu Thapa, Programme Coordinator, SAWTEE and Ms. Dikshya Singh, Research Officer, SAWTEE


Nithth Monthly Forum:

Nepal-China trade after the 2015 earthquake 

Research conducted by:  Dr. Paras Kharel, Research Director, SAWTEE