The Nepal earthquake relief operation has been hampered by “choke-points” — the country’s rudimentary road system is a big one — and humanitarian groups are still grappling with the cost of delivering lifesaving supplies to remote regions.
Even for a disaster situation that was long-anticipated, it is impossible to know exactly what challenges responders and donors will face when they arrive on the scene.
See more stories on the Nepal earthquake response:
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● We need to get Nepal back on its development path
● In Nepal, long-term approach needed in inaccessible areas
● The earthquake century
● Disaster responders must listen to Nepalese — Valerie Amos
Devex spoke with Mark Smith, senior director for humanitarian emergencies at World Vision, to learn how the international relief organization has adapted its plans and logistics to account for the unique trials and tribulations of Nepal’s mountainous crisis.
Smith urged the development community to think carefully before applying cost per beneficiary measures of success to this emergency relief operation. The people who need aid most, Smith pointed out, are the ones who will be most expensive to reach.
Watch the video above for a short teaser of our conversation with Smith, and view this clip for an extended excerpt from our conversation with the disaster relief expert.
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