The RTPI has issued advise for members who wish to provide support for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April.
"It is best for planners to first donate to aid agencies and for those wishing to assist further to only offer their services later in the reconstruction and redevelopment stages", says Marion Frederiksen, RTPI International Policy and Research Officer.
In the UK, the most appropriate channels for donations are:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cresecent Societies advises:
‘For most agencies it is a little early to identify gaps in technical human resource needs that could be met by others. Given the operational constraints in country, most agencies are also wary of overloading country teams at this stage. However, we anticipate that there will be a need for certain technical specialists, with a preference for Nepalese nationals or others with local or regional expertise and experience of such responses. Without raising expectations, it may be useful to identify potential individuals who could valuably contribute to the response. Fully funded or self-resourced individuals would clearly be of interest to agencies, although it is assumed that any such engagement would be discussed and agreed by the deploying entity or individual and the interested agency. IFRC, in its coordination role in leading the Nepal Shelter/NFI cluster, can provide a match-making service between the deploying entities and the agencies’.
Further information can be found here.