Case Study - IDRF - Food Distribution 2021 - Mohammad Alomgir

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. 

Mohammad Alomgir (male), age 51 years, disabled

Challenges experienced by beneficiary 

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


       The family suffered acute malnutrition

  • Mohammad Alomgir is unable to income due to his disability. 
  • The beneficiary’s family was relied on his elder son who is a mason. But his income hampered badly due to the pandemic. 

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]


       Foods are nourished with carbohydrates, proteins and fats etc. Hence, the family will be able to increase the nutritional value

  • Met the dietary needs of the family 

       Somewhat reduced his efforts to manage food from other sources

      Ensured food security

      Chances of replication of project from other donors. 

Completed Case Study (minimum of 2 paragraphs)

Insert the completed full-length case study. 


Mohammad Alomgir (51) lives with Symbrachydactyly, a disease of shortened finger since his birth in 1980, residing with her two son and one girl and a home maker spouse. His son, mojammel, a mason is the only bread winner of the family whereas wife Jamila sometimes contribute working as a domestic worker. Due to Alomgir’s disability, he is entirely dependent on his other family members. 

The lives of Mohammad Alomgir were quite better after the first waves of COVID-19 last year. His son earned well working at community shops and houses. When the lock down was imposed in July, 2021, the family’s economic condition had been deteriorating gradually. His wife loses work from neighboring houses and son got less works outside. Although alomgir tried to earn some money selling labor but did not get a one due to her disability. Hence, the negative coping mechanisms have been reported, such as taking fewer meals per day (mostly amongst women and girls), borrowing money from their neighbours at high rates to purchase food items and other necessary household items which caused unmanageable debt.  

Where basic human needs are a luxury, receiving nutritious foods is a blessing. This year Alomgir and his family received Aromatic Rice, Semai, Sugar, Milk, Spices, Onions, Potatoes, and Lentils from the project implemented by GUSS and funded by IDRF. The food pack was full of carbohydrates, proteins and fats which was enough to fulfill the nutritional demand of the family. On the other hand, the family was able to break up negative coping mechanisms for at least one month. The beneficiary emphasized to extend such humanitarian support at regular interval as if the people like him can be benefitted from. Alomgir was desperately looking for an sustainable livelihood options so that he can help to earn for the family. 

Beneficiary Quotation #1

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


“I need sustainable livelihood options like grocery shops so that I can earn something to live”. 

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 food pack we received was blessing for us as we live with hunger and nutrition for last few weeks.”  


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


Rokimreminisces of a time before things changed so drastically.However, his spark of happiness has not been diminished at all. “I am grateful to you,” he said, “for always helping me. I have a house and a life because of you. Now winter will be easier because of you.” Next year, he will turn 70, but he will continue to stand tall despite all the difficulties that life will throw his way.