Quakes don't kill people, buildings do - as the world looks for ways to provide relief to Nepal, my only hope is it also looks for ways to create resilience. Resilience is the ability of a system to respond, adapt and transform to social, environmental and economic shocks and stresses. 5 years ago it was the Sub-prime Crisis. 1 year ago it was Ebola. Today it is the Nepal Earthquake. And while it is important to think of how best to deal with devastation - as beautifully illustrated in the article below on 5 ways for you to help - it is absolutely critical that we also think of prevention.
So while this article looks at 5 ways to help Nepal today, here are 5 ways to think about creating resilience for a stronger tomorrow:
1. IIX's Humanity Bond: Unlocking capital upfront from private sector impact investors to fund time-sensitive projects: http://www.asiaiix.com/humanity-bond/
2. Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities: A platform of cities from across the world in which Rockefeller has appointed Chief Resilience Officers to create resilience mechanisms: http://www.100resilientcities.org/
3. World Bank Research: A repository of research and knowledge to help urban planners design and implement infrastructure that is resistant to environmental, social and economic stresses: http://goo.gl/FWhv6N
4. Air Danshin's Earthquake resistant homes: Advanced japanese technology that builds homes on deflated air-bags that sense tremors to inflate and absorb the shock https://goo.gl/gdbfBZ
5. NSET and USAID's Earthquake Risk-Reduction Projects: NSET has been working with governments to set up a system to issue and enforce building permits that ensure structures are built in ways that reduce their vulnerability to earthquakes, financed by a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID): http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0428/What-Nepal-can-teach-about-improving-earthquake-resilience-in-developing-world-video
So there you have it - 5 ways to help now, 5 ways to think about helping in the future. Let's translate all our prays, shares and remorse into immediate, impactful action and forward-looking, strategic planning.
Last week, a mammoth earthquake hit Nepal and killed more than 5,000 people and injured at least 10,000. The UN, which just launched a $415 million appeal, says more than eight million people have been affected and some 70,000 houses have been destroyed. Many Skoll Awardee organizations work in Nepal. Here are some, and how you can help...