In January 2007 Practical Action Nepal Office joined Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Peru and Zimbabwe in the implementation of the DFID CHF funded project entitled “Livelihood Centred Approaches to Disaster Management.” The project focuses on the roles and linkages between poor communities and district and national institutions in relation to both disaster management and development.
This book documents lessons learned during the implementation of the project in Nepal. It describes the prevailing physical, institutional and socio economic context and details of activities and interventions. It describes how participatory hazard and vulnerability analysis leads to the development of community development plans while accounting prevalent future risks. Improved and diversified livelihood strategies, including the adoption of new income generating opportunities have increased incomes, food security, better health and resilience of targeted communities while reducing their exposure to prevailing future hazards. The aftermath of project implementation reveals that a livelihood centered approach reduces both poverty and vulnerability.