Since 2005, the EU-funded housing programmes in Sri Lanka under the AUP regional facility have targeted war-displaced households to assist them rebuild permanent houses on their own lands. This was done through a combination individual sub-grants to households accompanied by technical assistance aimed at helping them manage the reconstruction process. Programme after programme, this approach to Home Owner Driven (HOD) reconstruction process (also termed Owner Driven Reconstruction—ODR) has increased its emphasis on the so-called ‘ﬂanking measures’ (e.g. minor allocations to livelihood support ranging from securing land tenure, community infrastructure to skills training for community building).
The methods adopted for the evaluation and study included documentary analysis, a household survey of 400 beneﬁciaries of the AUP-2012 and 300 potential beneﬁciaries of the AUP-2014, 11 focus group discussions, 20 semi-structured interviews, 19 case studies of households and 30 non-participant observations as an audit of the design and construction processes.
The evaluation team concludes that the AUP-2012 programme has been successful. AUP-2014 had not started ﬁeld implementation when the baseline study was being carried out so no conclusive judgement can yet be made at this stage. However, the programme design contains many features which are promising, including many of the recommendations made in the 2015 report on the mid-term evaluation of AUP-2012 carried out by this team.