A Study of the Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities in Post-Earthquake Nepal


This research-based report seeks to empirically assess the contemporary landscape of disability in Nepal, with a focus on the unique challenges faced by persons with disabilities (PwDs) in the wake of the earthquakes that devastated Nepal in April and May of 2015. It examines the disproportionate impact of the earthquake on socially disadvantaged groups and individuals with disabilities. Conducted during the Early Recovery phase, the study focuses on identifying structural inequalities and social exclusion trends affecting resilience and recovery. With the Reconstruction Phase underway, the report emphasizes the need to integrate lessons learned into the broader reconstruction program. Addressing the understudied issue of disability in Nepal, the report provides a thematic framework, drawing from fieldwork and consultations with disabled persons’ organizations. It argues for aligning post-disaster recovery with Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework, emphasizing social inclusion and reducing the vulnerability of persons with disabilities. The central goal is to investigate disability and social exclusion in Nepal post-2015 earthquakes, highlighting systemic inequalities and proposing inclusive recovery strategies.


Report, GEDSI



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