Project Description


A large-scale randomized control trial is carried out in natural disaster-prone areas in Pakistan to assess the impacts of a comprehensive program on water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), shelter, food security and livelihood.

Natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heat waves, earthquakes affect many regions of Pakistan on a frequent basis. In the past years, some areas of the country have been hit by floods multiple times, exacerbating their overall vulnerability to shocks, poverty, malnutrition, and food insecurity.


A disaster resilience and recovery program is implemented by the French Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) in several hundred villages in disaster-prone areas. The program intends to build local capacities, meet lifesaving needs and support community level recovery in order to prepare communities for future shocks and to increase their resilience to natural disasters. The program encompasses various interventions to improve shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, food security and livelihood. The livelihood support component includes animal health protection, animal feeding support, livestock management and flood tolerant rice varieties. The disaster resilience and recovery program is evaluated using a randomized control trial. The results of the evaluation from the first year will feed into the program’s four year planning, allowing policy makers to adjust interventions according to the evaluation’s results.