Nepal Government Distribution of Earthquake Reconstruction Cash Grants for Private Houses_December 2016
The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) prepared by the Government of Nepal in August 2015 estimated that the lives of eight million people, almost one-third of the population of Nepal, were impacted by the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May 2015 and the subsequent aftershocks, and over half a million homes were badly damaged or destroyed, primarily in rural areas. With the pace of reconstruction slow, most people whose houses were severely damaged continue to live in temporary and improvised shelters over 18 months after the earthquake in order to get people back into safer, permanent housing, the Government of Nepal and major donors developed the Nepal Rural Housing Reconstruction Program (RHRP). Through this program, reconstruction cash grants, disbursed in three tranches, are provided to eligible beneficiaries to aid them in building earthquake-resistant houses. This report makes seven recommendations which are relevant for all 11 districts where the RHRP is operating.