Third Party Assessment of Environmental, Social and Quality Standards in the WFP Community Based Small Infrastructure Projects (Phase III)

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UN World Food Programme (WFP) Nepal

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Project Period

January 2011 to June 2011

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Project Area

13 districts in Eastern, Mid Western and Far Western Nepal

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Cross Cutting Issues

Environment and Conservation (EC), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

World Food Programme (WFP) Nepal has been supporting numerous community based small rural infrastructures through food/cash for assets projects by engaging the population particularly affected by high food prices, food deficiency or natural disasters, and conflict.

This assignment is the continuation of the quality monitoring of WFP supported small infrastructures undertaken by SW Nepal in Phase I & II.


The main objective of this program was to recover the livelihoods of flood affected people in the project areas.

Key activities

The types of infrastructure projects include irrigation canal, pond, rural road, school building, drinking water supply, mule trail, wooden bridge, micro hydro, ground repair, foot trail, water harvesting tank, nursery etc.

Services provided by SW Nepal

Under this assignment, SW Nepal provided technical support to WFP in carrying out a compliance assessment of quality, environmental, social and health, and safety standards stipulated for WFP infrastructures developed under PRRO 10676.0 and rural community infrastructure works (RCIW) programmes.

The purpose of this was to ensure, through full compliance of the agreed standards, consistent realization of quality and fulfillment of agreed social, environmental and health and safety provisions in the physical infrastructures developed under these programmes.

The assessment process included building the standards for compliance assessment and establishment of quality requirements based on documents provided by the WFP. The team assessed more than 108 infrastructure schemes in 13 districts. Besides, the team also provided orientation and capacity building trainings to the technical staffs of CPs.


Besides the observation, the team adopted triangulation approach of data analysis comparing the issues and findings between the quantitative and qualitative data collected. Throughout the assignment, evaluation was based upon the ‘Evaluation Indicators’ developed by the study team reflecting the Evaluation Questions of the Statement of Work (SOW).