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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

Outreach and Impact

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.

Action on Natural Disasters Trip to Nepal

Action on Natural Disasters Trip to Nepal

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PhD students funded by the Action on Natural Disasters PhD programme travelled to Nepal in order to begin multidisciplinary research on landslides.

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.

Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction

Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction

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Women in Nepal are having a say in how to reduce the risk of disasters like fires and landslides. The National Society of Earthquake Technology, who are experts in Nepal, with the support of researchers in our Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, educated and trained more than 60 women in urban and rural areas of the Kathmandu Valley. This helped them to choose and manage projects in their local communities to reduce the risk of disasters.