25/02 Meeting at Women and Children Department

Disclaimer: these are working notes taken during the field visit. They are provided here to give a sense of the conversation that took place in the field, and to put evidence in context. The notes have not been edited to be a final product. They might contain some inaccuracies and glitches. Information, findings will be further revised by checking reports, by crosschecking  additional evidence and in additional exchanges with key evaluation stakeholders

We spoke to three Women Office supervisors and one Child protection supervisor

To what extent international organizations had managed to reach out the most excluded people? There was cluster meeting and they discussed how they can reach the marginalized and excluded groups.  What do they meet by marginalized group. Chepang, dalit, janagaty are the marginalized. Also pregnant mother, lactating mothers, elderly. So someone who is rich in a village but old, is he still marginalized? They do not consider a rich old person a marginalized. They focus more on dalit. There are also rich dalit. But dalit thinks that they are poor. Did they ever discussed about these challenges in the meeting? Information on these marginalized group were collected by social mobilizers to find out the most marginalized people. They have one social mobilizer in each VDC. When there are are not such social mobilizers, they relied on the social mobilizer of international organizations.

There are 28 badly affected VDC and they had 8 social mobilizers, for other VDC they used local NGOs and cooperatives social mobilizers. Do they feel that the presence is enough to have an idea of the challenges? Yes, they feel that they have a strong network. They feel that they cover all the marginalized groups. She feel very strongly that they all received assistance. What were the most challenging groups to include, and how did they go about it? They talk about a particular VDC in the north. It was very difficult to go there. UNICEF and UNFPA provided material, the women development office did not have money, but the money was then provided to them. UNFPA dropped here “dignity kits” and it was difficult to the office. They do not know if it was delivered.

So are they confident that the marginalized people are reached? They agree that having information if the people are included or not is part of the task of the government, but they cannot be sure that everyone has been included. They used to discuss in the cluster meeting who provided what. But they know that not everyone received. For example, some women (pregnant, lactating… ) came to the office and they said that they did not receive. So they know that there are still some gaps.  They do not know exactly who are these women and how to verify. Who were these women? They look like deserving women, had no identity card. It would be good to give some.  In other cases they managed to address the issue for example in linking up with other agencies.

They do not have any resource, to give to the women what they want. So the coordinated with other agencies. They do not have resources at this department. They do not have transportation system. They would like to have Vehicle.

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