Nepal: Reconstruction, Resilience and Development. A One-Day Workshop

nepalThis workshop isn’t a ScHARR Public Health event; it is presented by our colleagues at the Sheffield Institute for International Development. It features Professor Padam Simkhada who is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at ScHARR.


The massive earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015 caused huge loss of life and widespread damage to property and infrastructure, from which the country is still recovering. This workshop brings together leading experts on Nepal to discuss the challenges that the country faced in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes, and also the prospects for future resilience and development.

The morning sessions will be devoted to the presentation of papers. The afternoon will be made up of roundtable discussions on key issues in reconstruction, resilience and development.

Provisional programme:

10.00-10.10 Welcome from Dan Brockington, Director of the Sheffield Institute for International Development

10.10-10.30 Introduction and introductions. Simon Rushton

10.30-11.30 Panel 1:

Sapana Bista (Liverpool John Moores University) – ‘The disability sector’s experience of the Nepal earthquake during recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction’

Sarah Galvin (PHASE Worldwide) and Jiban Karki (PHASE Nepal) – The experience of small NGOs

Padam Simkhada (Liverpool John Moores University) – Traumatised? I don’t think so! Mental health situation in Nepal after earthquake.

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-13.00 Panel 2:

Bibha Simkhada (Liverpool John Moores University) – Scope and importance of continuous professional development (CPD) training on risk reduction and disaster management in Nepal

Bhimsen Devkota (Tribhuvan University) – Education

Hanna Ruszczyk (Durham University) – The earthquake and ideas lying around.

Edwin van Teilingen (Bournemouth University) – Business as usual? Disasters, incompetency and corruption.

13.00-13.45 Lunch (provided)

13.45-14.45 Roundtable 1: Characteristics of resilient communities.

What made communities resilient (or not) through the earthquakes and reconstruction?

14.45-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Roundtable 2: Developing resilient communities.

What are the challenges communities face today and in the future? What role can the national government and its international partners, as well as NGOs, play in mitigating these challenges?

16.00 End

All welcome. Please register for a (free) ticket by 13/7/17 so that we know the numbers for catering purposes.


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