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Published Date: Jan 1, 2008

State of Livelihood Assets in theEarthquake Affected Areas:A Way Forward(W-109)

Sobia Nazeer Ahmad* and Abid Qaiyum Suleri**

September 2008

Since the 8 October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, relief
efforts have given way to recovery and rehabilitation initiatives. Numerous
non-government organizations are supplementing the Government in efforts to
revive the economy of those living in the earthquake-affected areas mainly in
the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir province.
The focus is now on livelihood rehabilitation. Policy-makers are presently
focusing on strategies to rebuild livelihoods of vulnerable groups based on
their financial losses as a consequence to the earthquake. However, these
strategies target rebuilding lost financial assets (for example donating
livestock and poultry), rather than ensure sustainability by strengthening
capital assets and diverting livelihood dependency on income that is less
vulnerable to shocks. Therefore, there is a danger that interventions may not result
in ensuring sustainable livelihoods.

This paper aims at highlighting the need to move beyond
developing a limited approach to livelihood restoration in the
earthquake-affected areas. In order to do so, the Department for International
Development (DFID) sustainable livelihoods framework is used to
analyze people’s lives in terms of capital
assets held within an external context of vulnerability to shocks. In the
current case, the approach centers on studying the vulnerabilities caused by
the earthquake on human, financial, physical, natural, and social assets, and
suggests ways to strengthen these assets in order to make them resilient to
such vulnerabilities in future. I
nformation to assess the situation of
capital assets before and after the earthquake, and to observe the present
policy interventions was gathered through questionnaires and focus group
discussions across eight villages in the NWFP and AJ&K.