From Recovery to Development: Piloting Disability Inclusion in Earthquake- Affected Communities of Nepal

This Case Study Series provides examples of practices and learning on inclusion of persons with disabilities, on disaggregated data collection and its use, and on the impact of inclusive practices on both persons with disabilities in the affected communities, as well as within Movement organizations.

On the 25th April 2015, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring another 22,300 individuals. Destruction was widespread with 57 of the 75 districts across the country affected. Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), with support from 11 in-country Movement partners, has been implementing recovery actions across four critical sectors – shelter, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health and livelihoods – in the 14 districts most affected by the earthquake. Throughout the Earthquake Response Operation, persons with disabilities were identified as one of the “vulnerable groups” for shelter and toilet reconstruction, along with livelihoods efforts.