Wednesday, 17th September 2014

USAID launches three resilience initiatives in Nepal


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National Planning Commission vice-chairman Govinda Pokhrel (left) and US Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde jointly inaugurate the Resilience Summit organized by USAID Nepal in Kathmandu on Wednesday. (NN/Rojit Khadka)

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched three resilience initiatives in Nepal on Wednesday.

The three programs have funds worth USD 70.6 million that will help communities more quickly recover from natural disasters and other stressors.  

Vice Chairperson of National Planning Commission Govinda Pokhrel and U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde jointly launched the program in Kathmandu today.

Speaking at the program, Vice Chair Pokhrel said the Government of Nepal sees resilience as a vital framework to help alleviate poverty and promote more sustainable development, lessening the impacts of disasters.

“That will take creativity, innovation, and cross-sectoral partnerships and we are pleased that USAID is highlighting this most important priority.”

US ambassador Bodde said the resilience is essential if we are to win the fight against poverty.

“We know we cannot prevent floods and landslides, but we can work much harder and more strategically to ensure these shocks don’t devastate families or set back hard-won development gains.”
 
(NN/Rojit Khadka)Among the three programs, Community Resilience Program has a fund of USD 70 million and integrates disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into USAID’s food and nutrition security efforts in Nepal. The program aims to benefit about 5 million of the most vulnerable people in Nepal’s hill region.

Another USD 500,000 fund is for Innovative Early Warning Flooding System that will help protect communities in the Eastern Region from flooding.
 
Similarly, USD 100,000 fund is for Science and Technology Competition for Resilience Program that will be open to individuals, non-profits, academic institutions, and the private sector, with a focus on districts primarily in the Mid- and Far-West regions of Nepal.