Nepalese daily República ran a story yesterday highlighting price hikes in Gorkha district linked to a surge in the presence of national and international aid organisations to support quake recovery efforts.
Massive presence of I/NGOs trigger price hike in Gorkha
Close to the quake’s epicentre, Gorkha was amongst Nepal’s the worst hit districts.
Such a sudden shift in market dynamics could amount to an additional economic shock that may delay local community recovery efforts further. The trickle down effect is reported to have begun with increases in transport costs now linked to increases in key daily commodities.
Damage to the road network linking Gorkha district to the rest of Nepal, as shown in the map below courtesy the Nepal Logistics Cluster, is no doubt also contributing to price hikes.
Central Region Access Constraints Map – 25 June 2015
I recently spent some time tracking which countries use which aid information management system (AIMS). For a set of systems whose purpose is to bring greater transparency to aid spending, figuring out which countries use which systems, who built them, whether they are publicly accessible or even actually functioning has been a time consuming process.
Making things more difficult is the fact that several countries appear to have moved from system to system over time. Others appear to have had a functioning system for a few years only to see it fall into disrepair.
Below is a list of functioning, public-facing AIMS I’ve been able to compile. Please do let me know of any others and I’ll add them to this list.
I’ve managed to collect quite a lot of data on over 60 AIMS, many of which appear to be broken. I’ll try to blog about what I find in the coming days.