A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April creating large scale damage and many casualties. The epicenter was northwest of the Nepali capital Kathmandu in Lamjung District. The earthquake has caused a number of landslides and avalanches. Strong aftershocks, including a 6.7 magnitude quake on 26 April, continue to threaten the lives of thousands of people and to further damage buildings and infrastructure. Many people are afraid and have slept outside for several consecutive nights, in spite of the falling rain.
The Nepal Earthquake Flash Appeal and Action Plan was developed by humanitarian partners and launched on the 29 April 2015. It has five strategic objectives to meet the humanitarian needs and focuses on water, sanitation, hygiene, and health services, emergency shelter, protection of vulnerable people and logistics, telecommunications and local coordination capacity.
Strategic Objective 5 called for “an inter-agency common service that is established so that affected people have access to information and are able to provide feedback to ensure a more effective humanitarian response.”
The inter-agency common service project, referred to as the Common Feedback Project, will consist of a communications technical working group (CWG) and a comprehensive set of common or shared tools and protocols that are rolled out and contextualized in each affected district taking into account the language, gender and diversity of the communities. The common service provides support services to the entire humanitarian country team (HCT) including all clusters and organizations, as well as civil society and other actors not directly engaged in the HCT but active in the communities they work with. It will include require a specific funding element for some of the common project components.
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