Learning from disasters Nepal copes with coronavirus pandemic 5-years after earthquake

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2017 Wall Scholar Sara Shneiderman co-authored this article on the lessons we can learn from previous disasters.

Five years after devastating earthquakes struck in Nepal, the citizens and government are wondering if one kind of disaster can prepare us for another. As governments around the world are now offering unprecedented subsidy programs to large portions of their populations, the experience of Nepal’s National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) in disbursing private housing reconstruction grants could provide some useful lessons.

Sara Shneiderman’s research explores the politics of state restructuring and reconstruction in Nepal’s post-conflict, post-disaster transformation, focusing on dynamics of citizenship, territory and religiosity, and is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).