Questions and Answers DocumentThe Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) compiled in this document have been submitted through partners and communities across the earthquake affected areas. Additional questions for inclusion can be shared via firstname.lastname@example.org or through the relevant HRRP District Coordination Team. The responses provided have been gathered from relevant Government of Nepal (GoN) bodies, and have been formally and informally sourced. The information provided is not official, but is correct at time of publication and will be regularly updated as required. The HRRP ‘Briefing P ack’ compiles many of the source documents referred to in the FAQs.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has overall responsibility for the post-earthquake reconstruction across all sectors, including for housing. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) Central Level Programme Implementation Unit (CLPIU) and District Level Programme Implementation Units (DLPIUs) are responsible for disbursement of the housing reconstruction grant. The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) CLPIU and DLPIUs are responsible for the technical standards and staffing.
The GoN grant is provided based on the damage grade of the house and the level of technical solution required, as well as other criteria as set by the NRA (e.g. if households own more than one house and one of the houses was not damaged they are not eligible). Households categorised as damage grade 3 (major repair), 4, and 5 are entitled to receive 300,000 NPRs for reconstruction. Households whose home is categorised as damage grade 2 (major repair) or damage grade 3 (minor repair) are eligible for a retrofitting grant of 100,000 NPRs. More details on the data collected through the survey are available in the CBS Survey Highlights Report, June 2017. Lists of households eligible to receive the grants are available on the MoFALD CLPIU website.
If the PO is unable to provide the additional 100,000 NPRs they can reduce the number of households they provide the grant to, in coordination with the GoN. In this case, the GoN will be responsible for providing the additional funds to the other households. In cases where POs have already made the first tranche payment to all their original number of households, but do not have funds to cover the additional 100,000 NPRs the GoN will cover the third tranche (Grant Disbursement Guidelines).
N.B. Households do not have to rebuild using these designs, and are free to develop their own house design following the principles of the National Building Code (NBC).a
25,000 NPRs from the last tranche (100,000 NPRs) of the housing grant is allocated for the construction / repair of the household toilet and the installation of solar lights, where the construction / repair of the toilet is mandatory but the installation of solar lights is optional (Grant Disbursement Guidelines).
A rapid geological assessment was undertaken by the Department of Mines and Geology (DMG) at 117 critical locations in the second half of 2015. The NRA has since completed a large scale geo-hazard risk assessment to determine areas that are at risk of landslide or other geo-hazards.
Several Partner Organisations (POs) have had training curricula endorsed by the GoN including:
- NSET training materials for the 7 Day Mason Training Curriculum for Urban Areas and Rural Areas
- Helvetas training materials for the 50 day mason training curriculum: Stone Mason Manual, Stone Mason Handbook, Stone Mason Flipfile, Brick Mason Manual, Brick Mason Handbook
- Helvetas Manual for Construction Carpentry training
POs may submit training materials for approval to MoUD CL-PIU, email@example.com.
The GoN engineers, sub-engineers, and assistant sub-engineers deployed from the MoUD DLPIUs are responsible for carrying out the inspections. The distribution of the engineers by Rural / Urban Municipality across the 14 most affected districts is available here.
The HRRP briefing pack provides a summary of relevant guidelines and policies related to the housing reconstruction, along with links to access all the documents.
This process is part of addressing grievances; the teams are resurveying houses surveyed during the original damage survey but where the categorisation of the house has been contended by the household and verifying the results of grievance review where households have been identified as eligible (or not) to receive the GoN housing reconstruction grant. The team will also survey any households missed during the original damage survey
- Which GoN body is responsible for the housing reconstruction programme?
- Will the GoN grant be provided as blanket coverage or will it be provided based on damage levels?
- The GoN housing grant was increased from 200,000 NPRs to 300,000 NPRs. Where POs have committed to provide the housing grant, who will provide the additional 100,000 NPRs?
- Are GoN approved house designs available?
- Is there a grant available for household WASH, or is this included in the 300,000 NPRs housing grant?
- Which GoN ministry / department is responsible for carrying out multi hazard risk assessments?
- When will GoN endorsed training curricula be available?
- Who is responsible for the inspection of houses?
- Does the GoN have a reconstruction policy? Which GoN guidelines regarding the housing reconstruction are available and where can they be found?
- Why is resurvey and verification being carried out?