Testing the added value of market incentives on disaster risk reduction in Western Nepal

  • By Jill Scantlan, Olga Petryniak and Chet Tamang
  • 13/08/2018

People walk along the flooded street after incessant rainfall in Bhaktapur, Nepal July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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Since 2013, Mercy Corps’ Managing Risk through Economic Development (MRED) program has been working to build resilience to flooding in the Far Western region of Nepal. The disaster-prone area experienced widespread, devastating flooding in August 2017, killing 180, displacing 445,000 households and destroying 63,000 homes. 

Following the flooding disaster, we conducted a post-shock monitoring study in an effort to explore whether households receiving MREDs' "nexus" interventions – an approach that combines community-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) with market-based, economic incentives – supported improved disaster resilience relative to "non-nexus" households who were only exposed to more traditional DRR interventions. 

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