Nepal: Strengthening Decentralized Support for Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected Families and Children

Sovereign Project | 40115-012

Summary

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen decentralized social service delivery through an effective child protection system in Nepal, with special focus on the following:

(i) developing and improving decentralized social service delivery programmes and mechanisms to deliver services and support to vulnerable families and families-in-crisis to prevent incidence of separated children.

(ii) ensuring professional capacity and quality of services to meet the minimum standards of care for vulnerable children;

(iii) developing and improving national level mechanisms to organize and manage child protection services, with an emphasis on governance of decentralized service delivery by the public and private sectors, and regulatory activities (licensing, registering and accreditation);

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Project Name Strengthening Decentralized Support for Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected Families and Children
Project Number 40115-012
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9110-NEP: Strengthening Decentralized Support for Vulnerable and Conflict-Affected Families and Children
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Health - Social protection initiatives
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen decentralized social service delivery through an effective child protection system in Nepal, with special focus on the following:

(i) developing and improving decentralized social service delivery programmes and mechanisms to deliver services and support to vulnerable families and families-in-crisis to prevent incidence of separated children.

(ii) ensuring professional capacity and quality of services to meet the minimum standards of care for vulnerable children;

(iii) developing and improving national level mechanisms to organize and manage child protection services, with an emphasis on governance of decentralized service delivery by the public and private sectors, and regulatory activities (licensing, registering and accreditation);

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is fully in line with the Country Strategy and Program (CSP), which strongly emphasizes poverty reduction and decentralized delivery of services. Relevant documents that were taken into account are CSP, poverty reduction strategy paper, and the relevant memoranda, action plans, and laws of Nepal.
Impact Conflict affected families receive support to re-establish productive lives.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Reduction in poverty and food insecurity in target village development committees (VDCs), with indreased education levels paving the way for increased and sustainable prosperity in the future.
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.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

In-depth assessment.

Capacity Development.

Piloting Quality Services

Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation

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.

Geographical Location Nationwide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Team of consultants: 4 international consultants (Project management specialist, legal specialist, social service management specialist, and business development specialist); and 17 domestic consultants (project management specialist - team leader, child protection specialist, legal expert, social inclusion services & gender specialist, business development specialist, social protection specialist, monitoring and evaluation, field research specialist)
Procurement All procurements under the JFPR grant were conducted in accordance with ADB's guidelines and procedures.
Responsible ADB Officer Gi Soon Song
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Women, Children and Social WelfareMs. Mandira Poudyaldwd1@wlink.com.npDept of Women Development, Lalitpur
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 May 2006
Fact Finding 15 May 2006 to 27 May 2006
MRM -
Approval 10 Oct 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 19 Sep 2007
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2013

Grant 9110-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Oct 2007 10 Feb 2008 10 Feb 2008 31 Aug 2011 15 Jul 2012 23 Oct 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 10 Oct 2007 0.00 1.36 68%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.00 10 Oct 2007 0.00 1.36 68%

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