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At IHRR we empower people, foster resilience, and improve lives (both now and in the future), of those living with hazard and risk. We do this by undertaking world-leading research in direct collaboration with communities, NGOs and governments. By outcomes, we mean applying our work to create a significant positive change for people. In turn, these outcomes cascade into other settings and inform future research. 


Empowering women through Disaster Risk Reduction: a project to deliver outcomes

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Empowering women through Disaster Risk Reduction: a project to deliver outcomes 

We are pleased to report on a specific project undertaken in collaboration with the National Society for Earthquake Technology in Nepal. 

The project was designed to explore ways in which women can contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction; a new approach and way of working in Nepal since these women are not usually given a voice in decision-making. 

The project focused on how to include women in decision-making processes, listening to their assessments of priority challenges. The work included education and training activities but also learning through delivering the projects themselves (including managing small budgets). 

Where did we work? 

120 women based in two locations in the Kathmandu valley were involved; a village (Bhainse Rural Community, Bagmati GP) and an urban area (Tajhya Urban Core Area LMC 21). 

What outcomes were delivered? 

Urban Area 

Priority issue: fire protection measures 


  • 80 homes protected. 
  • A 150m long fire response system is now in place. 
  • The local authority is taking on responsibility for the scheme. 
  • The pond being used for water supply is being cleaned and maintained. 

Rural Area 

Priority issue: landslide mitigation 


  • 40 homes protected. 
  • A 12m long, 2m high gabion retaining wall has been built. 
  • A 30m long 200mm diameter storm drain has been installed. 
  • Enhanced capacity of women in the village. 
  • The women are growing in confidence.