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Evaluation study of the RESCUE Project

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Climate change has increased vulnerability in urban slums in Rajshahi City Corporation due to poor infrastructure, limited access to essential services, and water-borne illnesses. ESDO and the Climate Bridge Fund collaborated on a project to improve emergency responses and social protection. The study team assessed project interventions’ relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability through climate resilience lenses. They captured project indicators’ end-line status, monitored beneficiaries’ livelihood support, and utilized cash grants and hygiene kits to improve livelihood outcomes. They documented best practices, assessed significant achievements, and identified gaps in project design and implementation for future improvements. However, the study reveals that 38.2% of respondents were aged 36 to 50 years, with 55.4% being male and 44.4% female. Most of them were married and possessed signature knowledge. During COVID-19, 100% of slum dwellers adopted project-promoted measures to reduce health risks. 68.8% used hygiene kits, and 57.5% of the measures were completely helpful. Handwashing stations were functional, and hotels used glass carriers to serve customers. 37.7% of respondents used cluster latrines, and 53.1% improved their hygiene practices. The study aimed to establish WASH infrastructure and services in urban areas, and the majority of respondents had cluster latrines, hygiene kits, and safe water facilities. The project created livelihood options for youth and adults and promoted an inclusive community through social protection measures.