Feb 11th, 7.30 pm: Nepal’s Painful Reconstruction

February 2, 2016
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It is ten months since the first earthquake in Nepal, which affected an estimated one in five people. Since then, the development of a new constitution has led to widespread disturbances and effectively closed the border with India, Nepal’s main source of consumer goods, medical equipment and vehicle fuel.

Max Santner, the head of delegation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Nepal, will give a frank briefing on the achievements, milestones and complexities of helping people affected by the earthquake in an environment of political uncertainty and where fuel scarcity has forced all aid agencies to recalibrate plans. He will talk about the race to deliver aid before the harsh winter cut off remote communities, threatening hardship for thousands living in temporary shelter. He will also talk about remaining humanitarian concerns.

The Red Cross (including the Nepal Red Cross Society, the IFRC, and the International Committee of the Red Cross) raised USD 200 million to help 500,000 people after the earthquake with emergency needs including tarpaulins and shelter toolkits, food, water, kitchen equipment and medical care, and an 18-month recovery programme that includes reconstruction of houses and health centres, restoring livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and health.

Max Santner was the head of international cooperation and international affairs at the Austrian Red Cross. He started his professional career as high school teacher and school administrator for 10 years, worked as a journalist, travel writer, photographer, and mountain guide mainly in South Asia and Nepal. Between 1996 and 2004 he was a board member of an Austrian NGO and the Asian regional director (based in Kathmandu). He also served as the manager of several integrated village development projects in Nepal and Bhutan. From 2005 to 2006, during the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery operation, he was the CEO of an INGO in Sri Lanka.

There will be a brief presentation, followed by questions.

Drinks and snacks will be served