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Floods, Relief Aid, and Household Resilience in Rural Pakistan: Findings from a Pilot Survey in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


  • Takashi Kurosaki

    (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo,

  • Humayun Khan

    (Institute of Development Studies, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University, Peshawar.)


Based on a pilot survey conducted in early 2011, in ten villages in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, we analysed the damage caused by floods in Pakistan in 2010, the distribution of aid, and the extent to which households recovered from flood damage. Our findings are as follows. Flood damage within a village was disuniform. Aid from outside was distributed to households that had suffered larger damage to their houses than others, but not to households with large damage to land, crops, or other assets. Aid distribution was targeted slightly in favour of households with lower initial assets. With regard to recovery from flood damage, we found that recipients of aid did not show higher or lower recovery than non-recipients, especially in respect of damage to houses. This could be due to the mix of recovery-promoting aid and selective aid directed towards households for whom recovery was more difficult than others. We also found that households who had fewer initial assets and were hit by greater flood damage had more difficulty in recovering from the damage caused by floods.

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  • Takashi Kurosaki & Humayun Khan, 2011. "Floods, Relief Aid, and Household Resilience in Rural Pakistan: Findings from a Pilot Survey in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," Journal, Review of Agrarian Studies, vol. 1(2), pages 79-107, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:fas:journl:v:1:y:2011:i:2:p:79-107

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    1. Kurosaki, Takashi, 2017. "Household-Level Recovery after Floods in a Tribal and Conflict-Ridden Society," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 51-63.
    2. Takashi Kurosaki, 2013. "Dynamics of Household Assets and Income Shocks in the Long-run Process of Economic Development: The Case of Rural Pakistan," Asian Development Review, MIT Press, vol. 30(2), pages 76-109, September.


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