Joint monitoring visit to Nepal Peace Trust Fund projects
A joint team composed of staff from the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), donor agencies and UNDP’s peacebuilding and Recovery Unit visited Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Nepalgunj and Kailali districts in December to monitor the projects funded by the Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF).
This was the first external joint monitoring undertaken by the NPTF secretariat and the donors to evaluate the progress of NPTF projects, to assess the provision of basic services in the cantonments and rehabilitation of IDPs.
The visit also provided an opportunity for the NPTF management to interact with the project stakeholders such as the cantonment authorities, district officials and most importantly, the NPTF projects’ beneficiaries.
The team observed the temporary housing, kitchen and toilets, medical health centres, the access roads to the cantonments, the basic utilities (electricity, telephone) and recreational facilities for the combatants. The monitoring team evaluated the project progress as satisfactory considering the limited resources available to the NPTF and the implementation challenges. It strongly recommended that regular monitoring visits be made to ensure the provision of quality services in the cantonment and to build confidence between the programme management, the project implementation agencies, and the beneficiaries. The team also concluded that the NPTF should continue to support projects related to the cantonment and IDPs, besides other priority areas identified in the NPTF Needs Assessment.