UNESCO Kathmandu Office's education response to natural disaster in Nepal
Evaluation of UNESCO's role in education in emergencies and protracted crises: case study, 3

This case study is part of an evaluation of UNESCO’s role in education in emergencies and protracted crises. It examines the institutional response of UNESCO to the earthquakes that hit Nepal in spring 2015 and, more specifically, the frameworks and capacities that underpinned it. To a lesser extent, the case study also focuses on UNESCO’s participation in the system-wide response to the earthquakes. The Organization’s Kathmandu Office engaged in the education response immediately after the first earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. Despite its modest budget and human resources, the Office was able to implement an efficient and relevant response, even on a limited scale, and engage in a number of mechanisms set up by the international community, including the Education Cluster, the post-disaster needs assessment and flash appeals. The success of UNESCO Kathmandu’s education response was shaped by ad hoc factors and the initiatives of a few individuals, rather than by an institutional commitment. The office also faced a number of challenges that highlight the absence of a guiding organizational strategy for education in emergencies and of special frameworks and procedures for emergency response.


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