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Political Capabilities (PolCap) Project for Disaster Resilience

Background

The project envisions that urban communities secure their interests in resilience planning and investments, enabling access to services critical to well being in a manner that recognizes and responds to the risk of failure in urban systems in the event of natural hazards. It brings together scholars and practitioners in different disciplines from the UK, Nepal and Thailand. The project aims to transform the political capabilities of marginalized groups in the study cities of Dhulikhel Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk District and Manohara river bank settlement in Bhaktapur District. The integration of development and disaster risk planning occurs in ways that provides them with control over their environment. The project is expected to develop new tools and apply them in Nepal and Thailand to reveal two critical urban phenomena. The project helps to enable regional learning between Thailand and Nepal to support engagement with national and regional decision makers. The project is funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of UK, and executed by the University of York UK.  The project partners are ISET-Nepal, SIAS, LUMANTI and Institute of Engineering (TU) Chiangmai University, University of York and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The project was started in February 2020 and ends in November 2022.

Goal

Help urban communities to secure their interests in resilience planning and investments, enabling access to services critical to wellbeing in a manner that recognizes and responds to the risk of failure in urban systems in the event of natural hazards.

Objectives

  • Reveal new understandings of the problem context;
  • Co-develop new tools for analysis with marginalized groups and the organizations that work with them;
  • Identify new strategic alliances and alternative infrastructure development pathways in the study cities;
  • Open new political space, building and reinforcing new alliances of science and people, laying the ground for more equitable material outcomes and political relations;
  • Enable regional learning between Thailand and Nepal to support engagement with national and regional decision makers