Are you Listening Now? Community Perspectives on Communication with Communities during the Nepal earthquake
Margie Buchanan-Smith, Subindra Bogati and Sarah Routley, with Srijana Nepal, Sweta Khadka, Yamima Bomjan and Neha Uprety
This study is a rare effort to explore the views and experiences of communities affected by the Nepal earthquakes in April and May 2015, to find out how and whether their information needs were met. It aims to fill a knowledge gap about the relative contribution of humanitarian responders to communicate with communities in the months after the two earthquakes
In much of the debate about communicating with communities, whether it is effective, lifesaving or ‘worth it’ as an aid response, a vital, if immeasurable, factor is often missing. And that relates to the human need, not just for information, but also for contact. To have someone to turn to on a host of pressing problems or fears that add to the burden of those trying to rebuild their lives. With this in mind Kumari B.K. of Fulpingkot Village Development Committee, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal was asked to record her experiences as a Foreword for this report.
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