This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the resilience thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in September 2013 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of the ‘Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and enhancing response capability’ project in Nepal.
The project’s overall objective is to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability in local communities and institutions through support to strategies that enable them to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to natural disasters. The community-level activities carried out included the formation of community disaster-management committees, small-scale disaster mitigation activities, community training on hazards, first-aid and search and rescue, and the establishment of a flood early-warning system. These project activities were implemented in 10 communities, located in Alital and Jogbudha village development committee (VDC) areas in western Nepal. The communities are spread across three river basins – the Rangun, Puntara and Sadani – and are particularly vulnerable to flash flooding. The project was implemented between 2010 and 2013 with Oxfam in partnership with Integrated Development Society (IDeS), a local organisation.
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