Evaluation Of USAID/Nepal Flood Recovery Program (NFRP III)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
August 2012 to December 2012
Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldhura
Nepal Flood Recovery Program is an initiation of USAID Nepal to provide assistance to improve conditions of flood victims of 2007 and 2008 in some of the Terai districts in Nepal. The program commenced in May 2008 through FINTRAC Inc. in association with Nepal-based partners METCON and FORWARD. The program was implemented in three different phases. Phase III, which lasted 18 months, focused on providing support to communities of mainly non-flood areas in three districts of Kailali, Kanchanpur and Dadeldura with an aim of promoting rural economic growth and improving regional food security.
The purpose of this evaluative assignment was to assess the strengths and weaknesses of USAID/NFRP Phase III. In doing so, the evaluation team explored how well the program met the needs of the target communities and examined the intended and unintended consequences of the program while documenting valuable lessons learned. These findings were helpful for future initiatives of USAID/Nepal such as Feed the Future Program.
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In undertaking the assignment, the evaluation team initially conducted a literature review of USAID/NFRP annual and quarterly reports of Phase I, II and III along with non-project literature on food security in the far-west; status of commercial agricultural production and issues on inclusion, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. The team also carried out central and local level consultation followed by field visits to all three Phase III districts and household surveys covering 332 households.
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).