Independent Evaluation for Nepal Flood Recovery Program
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Nepal
March 2011 to April 2011
Bara, Parsa, Banke, Bardia, Kanchanpur, Kailali,
Rautahat and Sunsari
USAID/Nepal provided assistance to improve the conditions of the flood victims of the 2007 and 2008 floods throughout the Terai region. In May 2008, USAID/Nepal had started a Flood Recovery Program in 60 village development committees (VDCs) in the six most flood-affected districts of Terai: Parsa, Bara and Rautahat in the Central region; Kailali, Bardiya and Banke in the west, extending to Sunsari, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts. The main objective of this program was to recover the livelihoods of flood affected people in the project areas.
USAID supported communities through a series of interventions which included provision of infrastructures, support to improved agriculture and horticulture practices, improved access to irrigation and farming inputs, institutional support to local Community Based Organisation (CBO) along with NGOs and provided skills for increased preparedness in flood situations.
Services provided by SW Nepal
SW Nepal undertook an evaluation of its NFRP program as it had completed its Phase I and Phase II activities in March 2011. The assignment was to carry out the final independent assessment of the program outcomes based on agreed indicators to assess how the program implementation has achieved the expected outcomes and to feed the findings to future program designs and possible investments.
SW Nepal team, comprising four sectoral experts, visited the programme areas and extensively interacted with community representatives, NGOs, Government Line Agencies (DADO), local government units (DDC and VDC representatives) and individual beneficiary farmers, particularly the women and the directly affected families, to assess how the recovery programme had made a difference as they strived to recover from the floods.