Case Study – IDRF – Food and NFI Support – Sofi Ullah

Purpose of Case Studies 


Case studies are an excellent tool used in the monitoring and evaluation of a project. IDRF requires a minimum of two case study submissions per reporting period to highlight some of the unique experiences and stories of IDRF’s project beneficiaries.  A case study is more than a simple reiteration of the services a beneficiary received under a specific project. A case study should tell a unique story of a beneficiary and should demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of a project in addressing specific challenges outlined in the project agreement. A case study should explain the short and long-term benefits a beneficiary received as a participant of an IDRF project. Overall, case studies involve looking at one experience in-depth and showing how this experience relates to the broader picture. 


When structured, developed, and written correctly, a case study should engage the reader by clearly describing the situational context and the challenge(s) faced by a particular beneficiary. It highlights the importance of the current project and why there is a need for such programming. When shared through social media, case studies are extremely useful in raising awareness about specific global issues and encourage the reader to act and learn more about a project.


Developing Case Studies 


There are many ways to develop and structure a case study. For this project, a case study should be framed as a story having three main components: (1) a main character; in this case, the main character would be a project beneficiary, (2) a problem; this should include a description of the challenge(s) experienced by that beneficiary, and lastly (3) a solution; the solution should be a description of how that beneficiary’s participation in this project improved or mitigated the identified challenges.


Case Study Framework  


As previously stated, the purpose of a case study is to inform, engage and mobilize the reader to take action, learn more and remain engaged in the project and the work of the organizations involved. The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for all case study submissions ensuring consistency and compliance with IDRF reporting requirements. 


Please note: Case study submissions are required at all scheduled reporting periods outlined on the payment and reporting schedule of the project agreement. Each case study should be accompanied by a minimum of two high-resolution, full-length JPEG photo attachments. Please DO NOT copy and paste pictures into this template as this affects the quality of the photos. Please complete the following framework by providing a minimum of two case studies per reporting period.



Project Title

“Food and NFI Support for the Rohingya and Host Population in Bangladesh”. 




Ukhiya Upazila, Cox’s Bazar District, Chittagong Division 


Food and NFI 

Project Beneficiary 

Indicate the [name] and [age] of the beneficiary featured in this case study. 

Sofi Ullah (Male), age 59 years

Challenges experienced by beneficiary 

Describe the unique challenges faced by the beneficiary specific to the project sector. [Please include this information in point form]


  • Dependence on other projects for all kind of support 
  • Sofi Ullah is an older person so that he cannot earn by his own, rely on other family members 
  • He has a family of nine members as a result, one blanket is not enough to meet the demand of a whole family. 
  • Sofi and Ullah and his family lives in an old, shanty shelter where light and air can easily pass. Hence, winter breeze can easily pass into his shelters.
  • The high price of commodity does not allow them to buy new blankets. 

Project impact

Describe the how this project improved or mitigated the challenges identified by the beneficiary. Please describe the short-term and long-term benefits of this project. [Please include this information in point form]


  • Blankets will reduce the impact of winter for his family members.
  • Somewhat ease the risk of cold related diseases among his family members especially Sofi Ullah and his children under 18.
  • Somewhat reduced the financial efforts to other family members 
  • Different donor agencies may come forward to replicate such projects in other parts of the camps. 

Completed Case Study (minimum of 2 paragraphs)

Insert the completed full-length case study. 


Sofi Ullah (59) is a father of five sons and two daughters has lots of physical complexities at his present age. Due to his old age, he has to rely on his other male family members for financial and other support. Sofi Ullah was among others thousands of Rohingya who fled from Myanmar in August 2017 as they came under violent attack by the army. Since then, he has been residing at camp-4 with his family members. 

Nine family members of Sofi Ullah’s family huddling together in two rooms of a shelter. The quality of this Mid-term Shelter is poor, dipping water during rainy season, trespassing cold air and sunlight during winter and sunny days is a common phenomenon. Hence, the family are facing untold sufferings during this winter season. On the other hand, due to unstable financial condition, Sofi Ullah could not afford the high price blankets and winter clothes.  


Sofi Ullah did not receive any winter support from others rather than from IDRF and GUSS this year. The beneficiary was happy to receive quality blanket although one blanket was not enough for a family of nine members. In addition, he was telling addition of some winter clothes for the elder and children would have been better to ease the sufferings of whole family. 

Beneficiary Quotation #1

Include a direct quotation from the beneficiary describing the unique challenges experienced by the beneficiary.


“My shelter was heavily damaged in flood of last year what has made the shelter vulnerable to trespassing rain during rainy season, cold and sunlight during winter and summer”. 


Beneficiary Quotation #2

Include a direct quotation from the beneficiary describing the positive impact of the project in relation to the challenges described above. 


“The blanket will help at least two of my family members to ease the cold of this winter season. I really appreciate the support from IDRF and GUSS.” 


Provide a brief description of the case study pictures provided. Please ensure each case study is accompanied by a minimum of two pictures featuring the beneficiary participating in the project activities. 

The pictures were taken during distribution. Pictures are attached as Annex-6