When Disaster Strikes: How IDI is Making a Difference

When Disaster Strikes: How IDI is Making a Difference

The INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) achieves significant and sustainable impact through the way it works. After disaster struck Nepal in 2015, IDI brought together Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in 19 countries around a single, common need: to improve audit quality and make a difference to the lives of citizens.

Countries in Asia live with the constant threat of natural disasters, be it earthquakes, volcanoes or flooding. Devastating earthquakes struck Asia in 2015: Nepal in April, then Pakistan and Afghanistan in October. Following the 7.8 magnitude Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, nearly 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 were injured. Over one million homes and infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, roads and government buildings, were destroyed or badly damaged.

In the immediate aftermath, the first priority was the emergency response to survivors: providing blankets, medicine, clean water, food and shelter; however, Nepal, a low-income country, geographically isolated and having weak infrastructure and basic services, found responding even more challenging. Effective emergency response requires a country to be prepared before disaster strikes. How prepared was Nepal to respond, and how can it improve its preparedness before another disaster occurs?

Learn more about IDI and its programs by visiting the website at www.idi.no.

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