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Value for Resources Analysis of the Madhesh-Terai Community Mediation Extension Project (MTCMEP)

By: Department for International Development (DFID)

The Madhesh-Terai Community Mediation Extension Project (MTCMEP) was undertaken by Enabling State Programme (ESP) of the Department for International Development (DFID) with the goal to improve access to an effective justice system, particularly in the eastern and central Terai regions of Nepal with deteriorating security situation. The primary objective of the program was to ensure that the poor, traditionally marginalised, and women have increased access to justice through the community mediation centres (CMCs) established to mediate disputes and reduce conflict at the local level.

MTCMEP started in April 2008 as the Madhesh Community Mediation Project (MCMP) with a focus on introducing and promoting community mediation and developing the human resources and establishing community mediation forums.  In February 2012, the project was further extended as the Madhesh-Terai Community Mediation Extension Project (MTCMEP) with further focus on cases relating to violence against women and women’s rights. Table 1 provides an overview of MTCMEP’s operating environment.

The overall scope of this study is to provide a cost-benefit analysis that measures ESP’s success in achieving value for its investment in MTCMEP, which is in line with DFID’s approach to ensuring that resources allocated to any project are actually adding value and achieving results at the implementation level.

More specifically, this analysis applies the Value for Resources (VfR) framework in reviewing the cost effectiveness of MTCMEP. VfR framework, described further in Section II, is an approach to cost-benefit analysis that captures the value for resources by examining the value of actual benefits (effectiveness), the distribution of those benefits (equity), processes that were used for planning and implementing programs (efficiency), the resources that have been used to achieve results (economy) and the strengths in the links in the chain between these dimensions.  This study reviews a range of MTCMEP-related documentation provided by ESP.  Both qualitative and quantitative information from primary and secondary sources are also incorporated.