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Assistance for Rehabilitation of Rural Artisan/Agriculturists in
the Earthquake Affected Areas of Gujarat
Progress Report April to July 2001
The entire rebuilding and economic rehabilitation programmes has brought about several lessons for sustainable rehabilitation.
Along with relief, immediate launching of livelihood activities, serves as a healing process and helps the families and communities come out of shock and trauma. It further reduces the vulnerability of the communities. It also turned the disaster into a development opportunity. Therefore, setting up a long term livelihood security fund is vital.
There is need to have community based, demand driven, participatory approaches to rehabilitation. This ensures the involvement of women and poor in the rehabilitation process. Implementation of rehabilitation programme through local community groups and organizations leads to effective implementation. This leads of sustainable, long term development and does not merely become a temporary rehabilitation exercise. It does clearly highlight the crucial role of Community Based Organisation in long term rehabilitation.
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