Case Study - IDRF - Food Distribution 2021 - Jannat Begum

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 act, 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 Pack Distribution Project for Rohingya and Host Population 2021”.




Ukhiya Upazila, Cox’s Bazar District, Chittagong Division 


Food Security and Nutrition 

Project Beneficiary 

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

Jannat Begum (Female), 43 years of old

Challenges experienced by beneficiary 

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


  • COVID-19 situation hampered regular income of this family.   
  • Jannat’s family has to rely on her only son for financial assistance who is day laborer.
  • Jannat’s husband is disabled
  • The family suffered acute malnutrition
  • The family forced to maintain negative coping mechanisms like reducing meals, sharing meals and borrowing money. 

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]


    Reduced negative coping mechanisms 

  • Met the dietary needs of the family 

       Somewhat reduced his efforts to manage food from other sources

      Reduced food insecurity

Completed Case Study (minimum of 2 paragraphs)

Insert the completed full-length case study. 


Unlike Jannat Begum (43), sympathy of most of the locals in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas appear to have reached its limit due to lengthy stay of FDMN. Jannat lives at Ukhiya Upazilla of Cox’s Bazar with her disabled husband and only son of sixteen (16) years of old. Along with the son, Jannat is a mother of two girl who got married and have a separate family. Although the beneficiary occasionally involves with domestic works the family is driven by her son who is a day laborer. 

The family is under abject poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of huge exodus of FDMN from Myanmar in 2017. It is to be noted that, due to Rohingya crisis, the life styles of Cox’s Bazar have reached to the next level. Cheap labor, price hike of consumer goods, excessive house rent is one of the common problems faced by the host communities. As a result, livelihood of Jannat and her son impacted a lot. Rohingya’s are serving as cheap labor so it is going to be difficult to manage job for host community people. Due to high price of essentials, Jannat’s family cannot afford fish, meat or even vegetables now a days. 

As Jannat was one of the beneficiaries of IDRF Food Pack Project implemented by GUSS, she received Aromatic Rice, Semai, Sugar, Milk, Spices, Onions, Potatoes, and Lentils unlike among 1,500 host beneficiaries. It was blessing for the family especially when they were in a grave danger. The food certainly reduced the tendency of negative coping mechanisms of this family for at least few weeks. At the same time, it improved the nutritional demand of family. The beneficiary and community people emphasized such humanitarian support is needed to sooth the current situation whereas local administration is urged for sustainable livelihood options for the host community people. 

Beneficiary Quotation #1

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


“Price is getting higher day by, the food I used to buy BDT 30 now it three-four times now a days. This is because for the Rohingya crisis, I simply cannot afford the price.”

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 local labour market has also been impacted. Earlier, host community people would get work but at present Rohingya people is selling the labor at cheap price”


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