Risk Governance and the Role of the Informal Sector in Disaster Recovery: The Case of 2015 Nepal Earthquake

  • Ranit ChatterjeeEmail author
  • Kenji Okazaki
Conference paper
Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)


This chapter is a case study focusing on disaster governance and its implications on the informal sector’s recovery process in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The recovery framework of the government is analyzed with respect to the observed ground-level implementation and experiences shared by business owners to see its effectiveness in addressing the informal sectors recovery needs. The findings highlight the need to shift from monocentric to polycentric approach, have more access to the recovery process, and need for better rules and regulations and coordination, among others.


Disaster recovery Private sector Nepal earthquake Risk governance Informal sector 



The authors acknowledge the support extended by Prof. Basanta Raj Adhikary from Center of disaster studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, for sharing insights of Nepal earthquake recovery process and supporting data collection. Further, we are thankful to Mr. Bikesh Pradhan, Anil Tuladhar, and the student interns who supported the data collection in the study areas. Lastly, the first author thankfully acknowledges MEXT scholarship and GSS research fund for supporting the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Global Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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