Cash based School Feeding Programme

Client

UN World Food Programme (WFP) Nepal

Project Period

01 Sept 2015 to 30 Oct 2015

Project Area

Sunsari, Sindupalchowk, Dhading, Nawalparasi, Kailali and Jumla

The Government of Nepal (GoN) has implemented cash-based School Feeding Programme (SFP) in 19 districts of the country. WFP has proposed a pilot study to test various modalities and improve the programme by improving effectiveness and efficiency of the programme.
The aim of this programme is to improve access to education and increase enrolment and attendance in public schools. The objective of this is to carry out a study to explore the various types of modalities practiced by the programme schools and their effectiveness and efficiency.

Key activities

Under this programme, the Department of Education (DoE) provides cash to the primary-level schools through District Education Office (DEO) to equip them to provide nutritious mid-day meal to students. However, the feeding modalities vary in different districts or schools.

Services provided by SW Nepal

In undertaking this assignment, SW Nepal determined 6 sample districts (Sunsari, Sindupalchowk, Dhading, Nawalparasi, Kailali and Jumla) and 26 VDCs and also developed survey tools in close consultations with WFP and DoE.
Prior to the field survey, a team of 12 enumerators were trained rigorously and a pre-testing was carried out in Dhading. Based on the pre-testing, survey tools were revised and enumerators were mobilized to the survey.
For this study, both qualitative and quantitative approaches such as Key Informant Interview (KII), group discussions and perception survey have been followed to collect both primary and secondary data at the field level. The stakeholders covered by this survey include DEOs, School Management Committees (SMCs), students, and parents. Based on the findings of this survey, WFP carried out its pilot study.