Recovery Reporting after Earthquake in Nepal; CRS

Crisis context/scope of work2015 Nepal Earthquake
Geographical scopeNepal
Project periodJuly 2018 – Feb 2019
Donors/partnersThe Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Nepal
BudgetUSD 7,500
Technologies used: Python, django
Problem DFS’ solution
Two 2015 earthquakes struck Nepal leaving nearly 2.6 million people in urgent need of humanitarian relief and reconstruction support. Catholic Relief Nepal (CRS) carried out essential emergency response activities through Caritas Nepal, supporting more than 34,000 families. CRS is hosting the Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP) alongside NSET and DFID as part of its longer term recovery work. HRRP provides coordination, information management services, and technical advice to the Government of Nepal and other critical stakeholders in the earthquake recovery process. To facilitate its work and reporting to partners, CRS needed a tool to update Palikas (municipalities) on the overall reconstruction and recovery status of earthquake-affected Palikas. In 2018, CRS Nepal partnered with DFS to develop a custom tool to automatically generate Palika Profiles in PDF formats for the HRRP, integrating inputs from excel and image files. The new tool enabled HRRP to get a clear overview of recovery milestones such as the number of destroyed houses rebuilt. The project highlighted where assistance had been delivered or still was needed. The progress in each Palika is drawn from data in excel, uses map visualizations, and presents data as regularly updated infographics. DFS built the tool to be multilingual to support Nepali and English languages.