In 2016 Durham University and the Foundation for Development Management were tasked
with reviewing the impact of the Government of Nepal’s 9 Minimum Characteristics of a Disaster
The research set out to determine if community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) interventions
based on the 9 Minimum Characteristics of a Disaster Resilient Community left communities in a
stronger position to protect themselves from, and to recover after, a disaster event such as a flood or
A qualitative research approach was developed to capture both the views of
householders at the community-level across 24 case study areas, local government representatives
and project implementing partners.
The research findings highlight the importance of having a flexible framework that can be adapted
for use in different geographical and hazard contexts to support communities to identify their own
needs, the support they require to make their community more resilient, and the most appropriate
means of realising that support.
This research study was funded by the UK Department for International Development’s South Asia Research
Hub, and the UK Natural Environment and Economic and Social Research Councils.
Oven, K.J., Sigdel, S., Rana, S., Wisner, B., Datta, A., Jones, S. and Densmore, A. (2017) Review
of the Nine Minimum Characteristics of a Disaster Resilient Community in Nepal. Research Report. Durham
Review of the Nine Minimum Characteristics of a Disaster Resilient Community in Nepal. Research Report