School and clinic reconstruction evaluation

The Pakistani earthquake of 2005 killed over 70,000, left millions of people homeless and destroyed schools and health clinics throughout the country.

Over half of the schools in the primary affected area were destroyed. Sources indicate that most child deaths were due to the collapse of school buildings they were in.

The destruction of the main hospitals in the north west of the country meant people had to rely on medical aid from the military and various NGOs, like the Red Cross. Article 25 was appointed to provide an independent evaluation service to the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies on its earthquake reconstruction programme which aimed to reinstate vital public services.

Article 25 used a bespoke evaluation process to assess the performance of the PRCS’s reconstruction of 34 schools, colleges and health clinics. The evaluation addressed the appropriateness of design, level of community participation, environmental sustainability and financial management of the projects.

The report on the findings provided analysis as well as recommendations for long term programme improvement. Following the evaluation, Article 25 was requested to act as ongoing technical advisors to the IFRC’s reconstruction programme, enabling us to implement our recommendations with the long term programme.

Article 25’s specialist technical advice significantly improved the projects performance, and overcame many of the challenges that had been identified in the initial evaluation. Projects that had stalled were restarted and completed, quality controls were strengthened and Article 25 provided reliable field reports for greater donor transparency.