The ILO Response to the Nepal Earthquake

Following the worst earthquake in Nepal over the last 80 years, there is an urgent demand for assistance to poor households to help them rebuild their lives. This includes support to rebuilding infrastructure as well as securing poor households with income – through employment opportunities created by reconstruction efforts. The ILO has been asked by the Government of Nepal to contribute to such efforts.

The ILO will focus its efforts in the upcoming period on creating temporary jobs through debris removal thus restoring access to rural communities. Clearing landslides on rural roads is a priority, and much experience has been gained of such work through ILO disaster efforts in Haiti, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.