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Jane Carter, June 2015 0
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Bringing some “normality” to disrupted lives

Temporary Learning Centres © Caritas 2015 Although no-one would describe the situation in the earthquake-affected areas as returning to normal, most households in Melamchi valley now have very basic temporary shelter and are supplied with blankets as well as chemical water purification. The increase in the number of households in the area is significant; re-calculated

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Jane Carter, May 2015 0

Reaching those left out

The weather in Kathmandu and surrounds is hot and humid, but the monsoon rains have not yet set in – something that is fortunate for those without a roof over their heads, and for farmers waiting for supplies of seed to sow. As reported in the last blog, many families in the Melamchi valley of

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Jane Carter, May 2015 0

Are women-headed households disadvantaged?

A little while back,  I wrote about an exchange sparked by an academic paper, and here is another one. In this case it is a paper by three German development economists, including Professor Stephan Klasen, published in World Development. Titled “A Feminization of Vulnerability? Female Headship, Poverty and Vulnerability in Thailand and Vietnam” it provides

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Jane Carter, May 2015 0

Early recovery: returning to farming in Melamchi valley

Although some people in Nepal are still in great need of emergency relief (most notably residents of parts of Dolakha district that were badly hit by the 11 May earthquake), in other more accessible area, the relief effort is already turning towards supporting early recovery. Our staff members Shivakumar Shrestha and Bishnu Kumar Bishwakarma report

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Jane Carter, May 2015 0

Coping with fear; getting on with life

The large earthquake of last Tuesday 12 May, which at 7.3 on the Richter scale was only a little less than the original devastating 7.8 earthquake, resulted in a far lower number of deaths but further huge destruction in the rural areas near its epicentre, a little northeast of Kathmandu. One reason for the lower

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Jane Carter, May 2015 0
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Translating gender equality in rural Ethiopia

Reflecting on the first post in this blog, a colleague shared a paper with me last week about different translations of gender equality in Ethiopia. The paper, published in the journal Development and Change, is written by Norwegian researcher Marit Tolo Østebo, who is currently based at the University of Florida’s Center for African Studies.

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