Mainstreaming of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) in Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in the aftermath of Gorkha Earthquake 2015

blog client


Act Alliance

blog project period

Project Period

Dec 2017- Jan 2018

blog project area

Project Area

Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015. It was followed by many aftershocks including a 7.3 magnitude tremor on 12 May, 2015. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal, 8891 people lost their lives, 22,302 people were injured, 604,930 houses were completely destroyed and 288,856 houses were partially damaged.
Nepal received humanitarian assistance from many international organizations. Amongst them ACT Alliance Nepal Forum, a network of humanitarian and development organizations comprising DCA, FCA, ICCO, LWF and LWR was actively engaged in relief, recovery, reconstruction and resilience programs. Shelter, WASH, Livelihood, Early Recovery and Disaster Risk Reduction, and Psychosocial Support were the major components of the projects.

Objective of the assignment

SW Nepal was assigned by ACT Alliance Forum to assess the outcome of the above projects following the quality criteria of core humanitarian standards (CHS) on quality and accountability. Its major objectives was:

  • To examine how the humanitarian actions carried out in the wake of the earthquake were guided by humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality.

Activities and Services provided by SW Nepal

To meet the objectives of the assignment, SW Nepal carried out the following activities:

  • Two days long training to the field researchers were held on conducting of Focus Group Discussion and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs).
  • A total of 5 FGDs were carried out with the community in the project districts Lalitpur and Sindhupalchok.
  • A total of 10 KIIs were carried out with ACT Alliance Members’ staffs and implementing partners including FSCN, UCEP, SSICDC, and ISARD and SOLVE Nepal. Regular consultations were done with the eight ACT Alliance Members — DCA, FCA, ICCO, LWF, LWR, DKH, FELM and CA — throughout the study period.


SW Nepal delivered evaluation report on the compliance of Core Humanitarian Standards in the overall project activities of ACT Alliance Members in Earthquake relief, recovery, and reconstruction and resilience programs.