|Progress Toward Outcome
At impact level the project reached out to 4,000 people who are vulnerable and conflict-affected in 5 districts, and successfully engaged most of them (3,979 beneficiaries) in training for income generation activities (IGAs) and cash grant of NRs 12,000 (about $176.5) per family.
The project intervention contributed to income increase by 36% to 45% within 1.5 years and most families sent their children (both boys and girls) to school and developed the habit of savings using the bank accounts opened to receive the cash grant from the project.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Component 1: In-depth assessment - 5 districts and 31 VDCs were identified as target areas. An inception report assessed the issues faced by vulnerable families and children in 5 districts and the funding was used to refine the design and implementation strategy of the Project.
Component 2: Capacity development - 30 mid-level government officials from various ministries participated in the diploma course, and 28 completed the course with certificate in 2011. 78% of participants in the mid-level Training of Trainers (TOT) found the training sessions are useful to increase their understanding of social protection issues and TOT skills.
Component 3: Piloting quality services - 4,000 beneficiaries were identified and trained in income generation activities. A total of 199 income generation activity trainings conducted in 5 districts. Grant distributed to 3,979 out of 4,000 beneficiaries. Final Evaluation Survey found that majority of grant receivers utilized all the grant money provided entirely on income generation activities, which include livestock raising (goat, buffalo, and pig), petty shops, vegetable farming, cycle repairing and sewing. Final Evaluation Survey reported that awareness of entitlements has increased on government social protection programs, ranging from 87% (senior citizen allowance) to 29% (endangered indigenous people allowance). 12 subprojects (4 in Bardiya and 8 in Rukum districts) for small scale community infrastructure were completed to support income generation activities.
Component 4: Project management, monitoring and evaluation - At the end of project implementation, final monitoring and evaluation study was conducted and the report was received in July 2012.