Employment promotion following the earthquake in Mianzhu, Sichuan Province of China: Public-Private Partnership

In May 2008, an earthquake registering 8.0 on the Richter scale struck the Sichuan province in China. Official statistics state that over 45 million people were affected, including 69,163 deaths. Approximately 6.5 million homes were destroyed and many had to relocate. Around 30 million people lost the majority of their productive assets and almost 2 million people lost their livelihoods. Helping affected persons to develop new livelihoods and seek new sources of income in a new context was the most important need.