Contribution to Rural Housing Reconstruction Project (RHRP)


Rural households affected by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, especially from disadvantaged groups, will rebuild earthquake resistant houses through the RHRP, the Government’s lead project for housing reconstruction. The Swiss support through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund managed by the World Bank, will enable an additional 2’250 rural households to rebuild. The contribution will be complemented by technical assistance secondments provided by SDC humanitarian aid.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Nepal
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Other
Housing (till 2016)
Reconstruction and rehabilitation (till 2016)
Sector not specified
15.12.2015 - 31.12.2020
CHF 5'000'000
Background

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake (EQ) struck Nepal, followed by another earthquake on May 12th. More than 8,500 people were killed. About 490’000 houses were destroyed and 265’000 houses damaged to the extent to make them at least temporarily inhabitable, leaving around 3.2 million people homeless.
The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) carried out in June estimated a total reconstruction need of USD 6.5 billion, of which half or USD 3.2 billion is for the reconstruction of housing and human settlements.According to the division of labour emerging since the EQ, the World Bank will be the lead agency in private housing reconstruction.

Objectives

The goal of the RHRP is to restore housing damaged during the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal using earthquake resistant building techniques, and materials, through an owner-driven approach, and improving long-term resilience and culture of safer and sustainable housing.

Target groups
  • Vulnerable affected households in the districts with strong Swiss presence.
  • Masons, artisans and unskilled construction labor.
  • Local government agencies and their staff.
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Earthquake affected households, selected on the basis of socio-economic vulnerability and gender equity perspective, have the means to rebuild their homes based on earthquake safer construction standards, designs and construction practices.
  2. Construction artisans and homeowners are equipped with skills to construct earthquake safer housing units using local materials and traditional construction methods supported by relevant training and technical assistance.
  3. Government and programme stakeholders have strengthened their capacities in homeowner driven programme management, supervision, monitoring and grievance mechanisms with the support of aid actors experienced in similar programmes (Pakistan, Haiti, Sri Lanka).
Results

Expected results:  

  • Homeowners of totally destroyed homes rebuild basic core houses through conditional cash based assistance integrating earthquake resistant techniques.
  • Masons and artisans receive proper training including earthquake resistant methods and techniques using local materials and resources.
  • Central and local level authorities establish effective and adapted programme management mechanisms to provide guidance to operational partners and ensure relevant programme oversight.


Results from previous phases:  

This is a single phase project with no previous opening credit.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
  • Other WB


Other partners

Local civil society organizations, communities and private sector actors.

Coordination with other projects and actors

Government Ministries and institutions, UN agencies, National and International NGOs and other development partners participating to the reconstruction efforts in Nepal.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   5'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   5'000'000
Project phases Phase 1 15.12.2015 - 31.12.2020   (Current phase)