Description of the Project:
The project “Rehabilitation for the earthquake affected population of Mansehra and Battagram districts, NWFP Province, Pakistan” was implemented by Terre des Hommes (TdH) between February 2006 and February 2008 in 46 rural communities in Pakistan. It followed TdH’s preceding relief activities in the aftermath of the earthquake of October, 2005. The project included Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), educational infrastructure and psychosocial support / protection activities. Skat carried out the external evaluation of the WASH components of the rehabilitation project during the months of February and March 2008. The evaluation was carried out in a participatory way, including field visits to all geographical project areas and interviews with different project stakeholders. The first part of the evaluation was dedicated to assess the physical outputs and outcomes of the project within the given context. The second part focussed more on understanding the project approach, history and implementation processes.
The main conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation included:
- More attention and time should have been allocated to involving target communities in project design.
- The intervention should have been coordinated with other actors working in the region (joint training of staff, use of common approaches and materials, exchange of experiences) and coordinated with other sector teams within Tdh.
- Initial O+M training of the water committees should generally be followed up by regular monitoring and support visits, in order to quickly identify and remediate upcoming operation problems.