World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Nepal has selected FCG’s Asia office to conduct an independent evaluation of its project “Integrated River Basin Management at Koshi River – Safeguarding the Lives of Millions”. The project has been running for six years, working towards better management of water and related resources of Koshi basin. The project promotes socioeconomic development for the benefit of all the local people, especially the poorest and marginalized, while maintaining the ecological balance. The project aims to benefit directly at least 4,000 households and 20,000 individuals across the project areas.
WWF Nepal has requested FCG to analyse the performance of the project, the lessons learnt and the links to wider WWF programming. FCG’s evaluation team interviews the government and civil society stakeholders in Nepal, and conducts field visits to the rural communities that have benefitted from the project. Stakeholders in Finland are also being consulted, as the project is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and WWF Finland. The outcome of the research will be a future oriented strategic evaluation, supporting WWF in its programming in the water sector.
Photo: Arend van Riessen. The interview of the IRMC members of Ghatte Khola catchment area, north of Melamchi.
Aija Niskanen (aija.niskanenfcg.fi), 29.11.2016