Will Nepal Earthquake Also Shake the Polity? (Huffington Post)



Three authors of a Huffington Post opinion piece write about the way last year's devastating earthquake in Nepal is likely to affect the state and its citizens.

“The post-earthquake response hints at tall tasks ahead to mend the relationship between citizen and state, deepen democratic accountability, and strengthen the country’s ability to manage complex projects and govern itself,” they write.

Searching for answers to what both the government of Nepal and the international community can do, they say, they will participate in the Feb. 18-20 Nepal Earthquake Summit at Dartmouth. “There, we will pause to reflect—and look forward. We see no choice but to expedite reconstruction by committing to hard rebuilding targets, leveraging advances in mapping technologies and citizen engagement, and demonstrating a level of transparency that compels the international community to also step up,” write Swarnim Wagle, an economist who served on Nepal's National Planning Commission from May 2014 to November 2015; SP Kalaunee, the director of governance and partnerships of Possible, which delivers public sector healthcare in rural Nepal; and Duncan Maru, the chief strategy officer and a board member of Possible and an instructor in medicine at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Read the full opinion piece, published 2/16/16 by the Huffington Post.

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