About Housing Recovery & Reconstruction Platform - Nepal
The Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP) was established in December 2015 to take over coordination of the post-earthquake housing reconstruction when the Nepal Shelter Cluster returned to pre-earthquake format as a standing cluster. The platform provides coordination services for the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) Central Level Programme Implementation Units (CL-PIUs), other relevant government authorities, and Partner Organisations (POs).
Phase 3 of the HRRP was approved by the Government of Nepal (GoN) at the beginning of March 2017 and will run until the end of February 2019. The primary funders of the HRRP3 are DFID and CRS. The platform is led by CRS Nepal. Other financial or in kind contributions have come from the Government of Nepal, SDC, Caritas Nepal, Plan International, Oxfam, WSP, ACTED, Christian Aid and Habitat for Humanity. The National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET), as an implementing partner, is leading on the technical coordination component of HRRP3.
The HRRP has 12 District Coordination Teams (DCTs) covering the 14 districts most affected by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake (1 team covers the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley). The DCTs are made up of a Coordinator, a Technical Coordinator, and an Information Management Officer. The DCTs are supported by a District Management Team (DMT) made up of a Coordinator, Technical Coordinator, and Information Manager. The DMT provides day to day guidance and support to the DCTs as well as targeted capacity building and has a roving presence across all 14 districts. The national team includes general coordination, technical coordination, and information management expertise and supports the link between national and district level. The HRRP has three main areas of focus:
- Improving coverage and quality of technical assistance: as per the HRRP 4W data collection on 10 March 2018, only 28 Village Development Committees (VDCs), out of a total of 617, are receiving the minimum package of Socio-Technical Assistance (STA), i.e. only 4.5% of VDCs are receiving the minimum level of STA required to ensure that the financial investment by the GoN, donors, POs, and households themselves, has the intended outcome of ‘Building Back Better’. HRRP works closely with Partner Organisations (POs) and GoN at national and district level to advocate for, and to facilitate improved coverage and quality of TA.
- Addressing gaps and duplications: despite the gaps in coverage mentioned above, there are also duplications in activities. The HRRP works with partners to address these duplications, conducting mediation at national and district level for specific cases and supporting POs newly arrived or interested to expand to identify the most appropriate working areas based on needs and gaps.
- Advocacy and Communications: the HRRP acts as a common voice for POs, facilitating advocacy from POs to the NRA / GoN, and from the NRA / GoN to POs, and focused on addressing the critical challenges / constraints to reconstruction in the field. The HRRP also works to support communication and information flow between all reconstruction stakeholders, and between national and district level.
 The minimum socio-technical assistance package, as defined by the NRA, POs, and HRRP, includes household / community orientations (a minimum of 2 sessions), door to door technical assistance teams (continuous), short training for existing masons (7 days, DUDBC curriculum), vocational training for new masons (50 days, CTEVT curriculum), helpdesk / resource centre, demonstration construction, and support to Community Reconstruction Committees (CRCs).