Aid and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Nepal: Qualitative Field Monitoring April 2017
Two years after two powerful earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May 2015, the Independent Impacts and Recovery Monitoring project (IRM) completed its fourth round of research to track how people are recovering, what aid has been provided and how effective it has been, which groups are being left behind, and what coping strategies people have used. By shedding light on the evolving situation on the ground, the IRM project aims to contribute to effective and sustainable recovery plans. The IRM research is longitudinal, conducted at six-month intervals over the course of nearly two years to track changes over time. IRM utilizes mixed methods research, involving both in-depth qualitative field monitoring and large-scale quantitative surveys. The same locations are revisited for each research round. The first research round was conducted in June 2015, the second in February and March 2016, the third in August and September 2016 and the fourth in April 2017. The project is supported by the governments of the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Download the series of reports as well as related briefs and articles.
For each research round, three reports are published: a quantitative report based on the survey, a qualitative report based on qualitative field monitoring, and a synthesis report highlighting the main findings from both the quantitative and qualitative research. This report is based in findings from the fourth round of the in-depth qualitative field monitoring. The report is based on data collected in four earthquake-affected districts, selected to represent varying levels of impact: Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Okhaldhunga and Solukhumbu. Field research methods included participant observation, key informant interviews and focus group discussions with data gathered at the district, VDC and ward levels. In total, 12 VDCs (three per district) were visited for the research and two wards were visited in each VDC (24 wards in total). The analyses examine changes that have occurred over time, comparing data and findings with those from previous rounds of research. The report provides detailed information on progress with reconstruction, temporary shelter, displacement and resettlement, aid provided, needs and shortcomings, the effectiveness of the housing reconstruction cash grant, impacts on livelihoods, and coping strategies deployed by those affected by the earthquakes. The report also includes several case studies. Download detailed findings from the quantitative (survey) report and the synthesis report.