Tuesday, June 21, 2016

‘Livelihood revival as important as reconstruction’

The development partners have made an unequivocal call to expedite reconstruction work that directly supports livelihood recovery of earthquake-affected communities.
Speaking at a conference on ‘Livelihoods Recovery: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward’ held in Kathmandu today, they emphasised that livelihood recovery should be given equal emphasis as building houses and other infrastructure.
Speaking on the occasion, Industry Minister Som Prasad Pandey, on the occasion, said the government was serious about speeding up recovery of livelihood of the people affected by last year’s earthquake and urged the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) to make its performance more visible on the ground.
Likewise, NRA chief executive officer Sushil Gyawali said there was huge potential for employment-creation in the construction industry. "NRA had a target of creating at least 25,000 masons and skilled workers in three months," he said.
Australian ambassador to Nepal Glenn White reiterated that livelihood recovery was as important as reconstruction. "Rebuilding houses is important,” he said, adding that livelihood recovery was more important as it helped families make decisions about their priorities about whether they wanted to build a house or send their children to school or grow a business.
UNDP country director Renaud Meyer, on the occasion, said reconstruction should not only focus on buildings but also rebuilding lives and livelihood. Meyer added that the Rapid Enterprises and Livelihoods Recovery Project (RELRP), supported by the Australian government, had supported 14,000 micro-entrepreneurs to revive their enterprises and livelihood. He added that UNDP’s Community Infrastructure and Livelihoods Recovery Project had supported 20,000 households through the reconstruction of 81 vital community infrastructures like irrigation canals, cooperative buildings, and drinking water and agricultural facilities.
The conference was jointly organised by the Industry Ministry, NRA and UNDP to share the lessons learnt in livelihood recovery following last year’s devastating earthquake. In the sideline of the event, an exhibition of products of micro-entrepreneurs revived after the earthquake was also organised.

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