Understanding recovery process of small- and medium-scale enterprises after 2015 Nepal earthquake and impact on resilience building

Ranit Chatterjee, Kenji Okazaki, Rajib Shaw

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Abstract

Small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Nepal SMEs are the backbone of Nepalese economy and account for more than 90% of total industrial establishments. Two consecutive earthquakes in 2015 within a span of month caused direct and indirect damages to the tune of 19 million USD to the productive sector. The chapter is based on the fieldwork conducted in January 2016 in the Balaju industrial area of Kathmandu, which was one of the most severely damaged areas in the Kathmandu Valley with an aim to understand the process of recovery covering predisaster conditions, the impact and recovery process and if it is leading to development of resilience for future disasters using Norris Resilience Framework. The findings suggest that a majority of the SMEs follows recovery trajectory while only one follows a resistance trajectory. Further, it is seen that insurance is not a very effective risk transfer mechanism in the postdisaster phase and without any external support structural recovery leads to recreation of vulnerabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationPotentials and Challenges
PublisherElsevier
Pages253-272
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127117
ISBN (Print)9780128127124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Earthquake
  • Nepal
  • Recovery
  • Resilience
  • Small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Chatterjee, R., Okazaki, K., & Shaw, R. (2017). Understanding recovery process of small- and medium-scale enterprises after 2015 Nepal earthquake and impact on resilience building. In Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: Potentials and Challenges (pp. 253-272). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-812711-7.00016-X