Food/NFI Project
Published 11 months ago

Food/NFI Project

Project Description

It was identified that the community infrastructure facilities are not planned or constructed to withstand the fury of natural disasters in Kandahar province and districts. In Kandahar province of Afghanistan this was a well-known fact cold and natural Disasters have already proven the inadequacy of infrastructure planning. Schools and hospitals have been identified as critical infrastructure facilities in disaster management as their occupants are representing most vulnerable groups of the community- children and patients as well as they are being used as safe evacuation centers. Furthermore uninterrupted services of hospitals are necessary in case of an emergency. Therefore ensuring the safety of schools and hospitals is a key priority in disaster preparedness activities in Kandahar Province.  As they are experiencing all major hazards in Kandahar Province it was decided to focus the project activities in this province.

Evaluation and Implementation of the project

The project strategy to achieve the objective was threefold: 1) building the capacity of officials involved in health and educational sectors on the disaster management 2) Providing database support and opportunities to identify risk reduction options, and; 3) advocate for disaster sensitive infrastructure development. The weight given to each strategy was different as there were new developments during the period between the project planning and project implementation. With the concurrence of the Project Steering Committee chaired by the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights and the guidance of Disaster Management Centre, advocacy became the main strategy and capacity building of the officials from the health and educational sectors were de prioritized. Advocacy related activities were carried out with the support of National Committee on Reviewing Building Guidelines.  The Project was highly relevant to the Country Strategy and Program (CSP) for Afghanistan, whose main aim has consistently been a sustainable reduction in poverty. The key Components of the CSP update were to improve basic social services and take humanitarian actions, to enhance human resources development and eradicate the poverty from the selected area.  HOPA policy advocates adoption of an integrated approach to shelter management, improved access to quality materials, the introduction of regulatory control, and use of the private sector for scheme development and management of Kandahar province shelter facilities. All of these policies were reflected in the Project in time of the implementation of the project and during the project the Evaluations were conducted by staff member of HOPA.

Similarly, the Project was very relevant to Kandahar province and District development objectives as defined in the need of the people. Further relevant objectives of the plan included the provision of appropriate sanitation services, reduction of poverty, and elimination of the burden of the poor people, which is done mostly by women and children.   The inclusion of NGO coordination in the Project was, therefore, particularly appropriate.

The Result of the identification Process

In order to finish the work within the implementation period and budget, instead of gathering data on their own, the advisory committee and consultant had to make assumptions regarding key issues such as the location of demand need, per-capita demand figures, daily and seasonal peak factors, and annual population growth. From the realized Project performance and outcome, it can be seen that the Project had been adequately designed through the correct definition of problems, the accurate identification of project objectives, and the viable choice of implementation strategy. At the same time, the identification process is closely linked to different stakeholders, this ensure the Project is able to create impacts to the right target total 2450 Beneficiaries were covered.


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