HAMI: For Earthquake

General Secretary of National Society for Earthquake Technology Amod Mani Dixit stressed the need to use the local materials in the reconstruction process.

Sept. 11, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 09, No. -6, September 11 2015 (Bhadra 25, 2072)

Humanitarian Accountability and Monitoring Initiative (HAMI) organized a half-day interaction on “Civic and Political Dialogue on Nepal's Democratic Post-Disaster Reconstruction”.

The civic-political dialogue was conducted with a wider involvement of national level stakeholders, leaders from different political parties, Members of Parliament, policy makers, National Planning Commission Members, bureaucrats, and civil society leaders, representatives of various federations and networks and representation of affected communities from the Earthquake hit districts.

Delivering the key note address, former vice chairman of National Planning Commission Dr. Pitamber Sharma said Nepal needs to develop its own model for reconstruction.

Chief guest vice chairman of National Planning Commission Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel said National Planning Commission is preparing the reconstruction plan.

Organised by HAMI, the Convergence of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working with the rights stakeholders and senior leaders of major political parties also addressed the workshop.

General Secretary of National Society for Earthquake Technology Amod Mani Dixit stressed the need to use the local materials in the reconstruction process. “Without the study, we cannot draw the conclusion that our traditional building materials are not worthy.”

The common cause of this convergence is monitoring the humanitarian accountability in times of emergency, that is, post-disaster situation following devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

“By way of continuous efforts of an evidence based advocacy and lobby, HAMI monitors the attempts and activities made so far and to be made in future including other disasters (such as floods, landslides) by the government, international communities, non-government and private sectors. Three major areas of the HAMI Campaign includes: 1) monitoring impacts of earthquake to people and communities, 2) accountability monitoring of the government and CSOs on relief and reconstruction and 3) aid monitoring and play a watch-dog role on behalf of broader civil society in Nepal's reconstruction,” said Min Shahi, Convener of Hami. 

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