Major Accomplishment

1. Enhancing Cultural Diversity for Dignity and Development of Indigenous Communities in Nepal:Enhancing Cultural Diversity for Dignity and Development of Indigenous Communities in Nepal was a 3 year project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented since January 2010 in 80 selected Village Development Committees (VDCs) from 8 project districts namely Kavrepalanchowk, Rasuwa, Dhading, Chitwan and Makwanpur in the Central Region of Nepal and Lamjung, Kaski and Gorkha in the Western Region of Nepal. The project was implemented by WVAF as the national partner in consortium with the Institute of Governance and Development (IGD), as the lead and 3 national Indigenous Peoples Organizations namely, Nepal Tamang Ghedung (NTG), Gurung Tamu National Council (GTNC) and Nepal Chepang Association (NCA). WVAF is leading the Institution and Capacity Building Component of the project. The target groups/final beneficiaries include Indigenous people. The Gurungs, the Tamangs and the Chepangs, and their organizations and institutions in the selected 80 VDCs (10 VDCs from each district) from 8 project districts, other IPOs and networks at district and national level, human rights organizations, indigenous rights activists, political parties, elites, media are considered as collaborators in the project.

Overall objective/Goal of the project:

 

To contribute in protection and promotion of cultural diversity and creativity for improving wellbeing and dignity of indigenous communities in Nepal.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogues at local and national levels.
  • Promote awareness on the need of cultural diversity and conservation of cultural heritage.
  • Enhance institutional capacity and creativity in cultural products as means of livelihoods.


Expected Results of the Project:

  • Improved understanding on cultural issues such as importance of culture, cultural rights and cultural diversity.
  • Reduction of the incidences of culture based discriminations.
  • Contributed to respect for all cultures equally for coexistence.
  • Formulated relevant policies and plans to protect indigenous culture and cultural entitlements.
  • Established cultural rights as fundamental rights to protect and promote indigenous culture and cultural diversity.
  • Recognized and ensured protection of indigenous culture and knowledge system in the new constitution.


Major activities of the project included:

 
  1. Pursue social and political dialogues in the field of culture diversity and exchange
  2. Influence policy to adopt necessary measures for the promotion of the diversity of cultures
  3. Celebrate cultural events and promote cultural tourism
  4. Pursue political dialogues to ascertain cultural rights in the new constitution
  5. Promote creativity in education by using best cultural practices
  6. Awareness building on need of culture value, cultural diversity and for conservation of cultural heritage
  7. Development of cultural forum for collaboration to fight against cultural discriminations
  8. Use and replication of best traditional practices
  9. Protection of unique culture and renovation of unique cultural heritage
  10. Institutional capacity building of IPOs
  11. Support to and enhance competency of artist and creator of culture goods and enterprises
  12. Development of forum for artists and creator of culture goods
  13. Promote access to market for culture goods and service
  14. Identify and develop effective partnership between cultural and other sectors to reinforcement investment in
 
 

2. Establishing and Running a Transitional Justice Resource Centre (TJRC) funded by OHCHR:

 

Establishing and Running a Transitional Justice Resource Centre (See-www.tjrcnepal.org) project has been implementing by WVAF since April 2011. TJRC which is continually operating in Anamnagar, Kathmandu, was initially funded by United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in close coordination with The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR). The primary target groups of the project included conflict victims, civil society, academia and policy makers.

Project Goal

 

To disseminate information on Transitional Justice (TJ) mechanisms to the wider population and conflict victims through a Resource Centre

Objectives:

 

To provide a learning and interaction platform for the civil society, academia, conflict victims and policy makers to debate on and discuss transitional justice.

 

Project Results:

 
  1. Well-equipped and fully furnished TJ Resource Centre running smoothly,
  2. The Resource Centre used frequently by various organizations and professionals for organizing meetings and workshops on issues related to transitional justice,
  3. The fortnightly talk programmes providing a common platform for discussion among conflict victims and relevant stakeholders and raising issues on TJ,
  4. The TJRC proving a floor for conflict victims to express their concerns,
  5. The TJRC addressing the needs of conflict victims, CSOs, law professionals, researchers, etc.,
  6. TJRC helping conflict victims and relevant stakeholders in updating themselves in TJ issues, and
  7. Parliamentarians and policy makers benefiting by frequently visiting the TJRC.
 
 

3. Local Body Grants Expenditure Review and Community Engagement Survey:

 

WVAF implemented for two terms (9 months and 5 months) the project Local Body Grants Expenditure Review and Community Engagement Survey funded by LGAF (Local Governance Accountability Facility). The first projects was implemented by WVAF since June 19, 2011 to February, 2012 in 5 VDCs of Kathmandu district namely: Baadbhanjyang, Ichangunarayan, Dahachowk, Goldhunga and Buddhanilkatha whereas the second project was implemented by WVAF in Mahankaal, Khadkabhadrakali, Chappalibhadrakali, Kapan and Chunnikhel VDCs of Kathmandu. The project was implemented by WVAF in close coordination with the VDC secretaries of targeted VDCs, authorities of Kathmandu district and Kathmandu Metropolitan city. The target groups of the project included: Village Secretaries; community leaders; social workers; and members of Users Group, CBOs, professional groups, women's groups, various ethnic groups, and I/NGOs of the project VDCs.

Project Goal/overall objective:

 

To strengthen the capacity of CSOs to enhance transparency and engagement of the communities, especially those belonging to the marginalized and vulnerable communities and women, in the planning and processing of block grants received by the five project VDCs.

Specific Objective:

 
  1. Assess the effectiveness of block grants given to the target VDCs from the perspectives of the service providers, service recipients and community engagement in accordance with the guidelines given by the MoLD and prevailing Acts/Regulations/Rules.
  2. Enhance the capacity of CSOs and the community; especially the women and people from the marginalized communities to make service providers (notably VDCs) more transparent and accountable with regard to mobilization and utilization of VDC financial resources with particular focus on Block Grants.


Project Results:

  • Institutionalized community participation and increased ownership on public resources and services;
  • Increased accountability and transparency for the delivery of public services; and
  • Established and strengthened networks to take proactive steps towards creating space for women's political participation
  • Active engagement of local communities with local governments in alocation of loacal government resources and decision making processes.
  • Major activities implemented under the project included:
    1. Collect, review and get familiarized with the relevant regulatory documents; especially grant mobilization guidelines issued by MoLD.
    2. Collect data from VDCs (and DDC) on block grants received by the target VDCs for the two fiscal years (FYs 2066/67 and 2067/68).
    3. Track VDC block grant expenditure for the FYs 2066/67 and 2067/68 to assess the all the prescribed steps and processes starting from the planning to the auditing of accounts.
    4. Participate and observe major events (e.g. public hearing, public audit meeting, project review meeting, planning meetings/workshops etc.) to take place in the project VDCs (during the project period) in connection to block grants mobilization and utilization for the FY 2068/69
    5. Enhance the capacity of CSOs and the community people; especially the women and people from the marginalized communities to make service providers (notably VDCs) more transparent and accountable with regard to mobilization and utilization of VDC financial resources with particular focus on Block Grants.
    6. Broadcast radio program (through local FM radios) on block grant and community engagement
    7. Document the results of block grant review (activities under objective 1) and share with the VDCs, CBOs and other professional organization of the target VDCs
    8. Prepare a work plan as a conclusion in public hearing (s) and monitor compliance to the outcome of the public hearing by the VDCs
    9. Design and organize various orientation/interaction programs on block grant and community engagement for the service providers and service recipients at the target VDCs.
    10. Organize dissemination workshop to share lesson learned to the larger audiences
 
 

4. Community Based Monitoring of Local Government/Public Goods and Services:

 

Community based Monitoring of Local Government/Public Goods and Services was a 9 month project implemented by WVAF since June 19, 2011 to February, 2012 in Kabhresthali and Chhunikhel VDCs of Kathmandu district and Kathmandu Metropolitan city. The project was funded by LGAF (Local Governance Accountability Facility) and was implemented by WVAF in close coordination with the VDC secretaries of targeted VDCs, authorities of Kathmandu district and Kathmandu Metropolitan city. The target groups of the project included: Village Secretaries; community leaders; social workers; and members of Users Group, CBOs, professional groups, women' groups, various ethnic groups, and I/NGOs of the project VDCs.

Project goal/Overall Objective

 

To strengthen capacity of the CSOs to promote and enhance downward accountability in local governance by developing capacities of citizens, especially of marginalized, vulnerable and women to enhance accountability in local governance process thereby ensure easy and equitable access to public goods and services.

Specific objectives:

 
  1. To strengthen an effective participatory monitoring mechanism to ensure appropriate utilization of grants and effective implementation of development projects.
  2. To empower and equip communities, especially the marginalized and vulnerable groups including women, to assert their rights.



Project Results:

  • Participation of community members, especially the women and marginalized communities, in the process of planning and monitoring increased.
  • Enhance knowledge and skills of stakeholders and marginalized communities on participatory monitoring process.
  • Marginalized communities empowered to assert their rights.
  • Effectiveness of project implementation and appropriate use of grants increased.
  • Transparency and accountability in implementation of development projects increased.


Major activities implemented under the project included:

 
  1. Review of documents and relevant literatures to get familiarized with local governance system.
  2. Visit to project VDCs and project sites and identify stakeholders and beneficiary groups.
  3. Participatory consultations with stakeholders and beneficiary groups to identify issues and develop participatory monitoring mechanisms.
  4. Preparation and submission of Inception Report.
  5. Design mechanism to monitor community based physical infrastructure projects.
  6. Organize interaction and orientation meetings of stakeholders and community members to share experience and participatory tools of monitoring system.
  7. Involve community people especially women and disadvantaged groups in monitoring of community based development projects.
  8. Document the major issues and findings and prepare a monitoring report.
  9. Use of citizen report cards for the monitoring of community projects.
  10. Submission of first status report.
  11. Conduct social auditing of the pilot project and document the major issues.
  12. Organize three public hearings of project activities (one of each infrastructure project) and document the major issues raised.
  13. Document and disseminate key findings.
  14. Prepare and submit the final report.
 
 

5.Enhancing Political Participation of Marginalized Women in Nepal:

 

Enhancing Political Participation of Marginalized Women in Nepal was a 2 year project implemented since October 2008 to September 2010. The project was funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)and implemented in 5 selected districts from 5 development regions of Nepal namely: Sankhuwasabha in the East, Kavrepalanchowk in the Centre, Lamjung in the West, Banke in the Mid-West and Kanchanpur in the Far West of Nepal. The project was implemented by WVAF as one of the national partners leading the capacity building component of the project in consortium with Association of District Development Committees of Nepal (ADDCN) as the lead and National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) as partner and DDCs of 5 Selected Districts as local partners.
The primary target groups of the project included marginalized women from a total of 25 Village Development Committees (VDCs) that is 5 VDCs from each selected district, local authorities of the selected VDCs and District Development Committees (DDCs).

Goal of the project:

 

To increase capacity and political participation of marginalized women to strengthen political and democratic processes in Nepal.

Objectives of the project:

 
  1. Organizing marginalized women into Women Forum for Democracy,
  2. Capacity building of marginalized women on political and democratic processes,
  3. Providing political and democratic education through a variety of means and coalition, network and advocacy


Project Results:

  • Improved women's capacity to strengthen democratic process at local level;
  • Increased capacity of civil society organizations and local authorities on civic empowerment using various advocacy tools and techniques;
  • Established and strengthened networks to take proactive steps towards creating space for women's political participation
  • Produced and disseminated pamphlets with the slogan "Participation of marginalized women in Nepali politics is the primary need for building an inclusive and prosperous Nepal"
  • Major activities implemented under the project included:
    1. Organize marginalized women into WFD, a critical mass
    2. Capacity building on political, governance and democratic processes
    3. Political, governance and democratic education through a variety of means
    4. Coalition, network and advocacy
 
 

6.Fostering Health and Livelihoods of Conflict Affected People in Nepal (VCP):

 

Fostering Health and Livelihoods of Conflict Affected People in Nepal (VCP) was a 2 year project implemented from March 2008 to February 2010 in 11 Districts of Nepal namely: Panchthar, Morang, Dhankuta, Khotang, Nawalparasi, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Kalikot and Achham. The project was funded by European Union (EU) and implemented by a consortium of 14 organizations led by BNMT together with World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF) and Forest Action (FA) at the national level and 11 NGOs at district level. The BNMT was responsible for overall management, coordination, financial and personnel administration, monitoring, reporting and health related activities; FA was responsible for livelihoods related activities; and WVAF for institutional strengthening activities. The primary target groups of the project included conflict victims, Dalits, Janajatis, Madhesis, people with disabilities, rural poor, women, youth, children, and other marginalised and excluded groups from the 11 project districts. The final beneficiaries of the project were the larger communities of the 11 project districts covering about 18 percent of Nepal's population.

Overall objective/Goal of the project :

 

To contribute to the improved socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable population resulting in reduced conflict potential in Nepal.

Specific objectives of the action:

 

Increased access to essential health care services and livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable communities in the selected districts of Nepal.

Project Results:

  • . Improved delivery of quality essential health care services from 110 health institutions,
  • Renovated and equipped 55 rural infrastructures,
  • Empowered disadvantaged groups (660 youths, 660 women, 660 children and 275 conflict traumatised family members) as community educators,
  • Promoted income generation of the more than 1100 most disadvantaged families.
  • Knowledge management and dissemination of information based on baseline survey, visibility actions, good practices and evaluation findings (about 30 workshops/ seminars at various levels)
  • Capacity of conflict affected vulnerable communities substantially improved for better socio-economic status by training and mobilizing more than 5,000 people.
  • Major activities implemented under the project included:
    1. Provided improved quality essential health care services
    2. Renovation of and equipping of rural infrastructures
    3. Promotion of income generation
    4. Empowering of disadvantaged groups
    5. Knowledge management: carry out baseline survey
 
 

7.Supporting Marginalized Ethnic Chepang Community through Enhanced District Chepang Rights Forum (DCRF):

 

Supporting Marginalized Ethnic Chepang Community through Enhanced District Chepang Rights Forum (DCRF) was a 9 month project implemented by WVAF since March to December 2009. The project was funded by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) and implemented in Makwanpur and Chitwan districts of the central region of Nepal. The project was conceptualized and implemented by WVAF in close coordination with Nepal Chepang Association (NCA), Kathmandu and NCA's district chapters, from Chitwan and Makwanpur in the central region as well as WVAF local partner, Academy for Inclusive Democracy and Development (AIDD) Chitwan. The target groups of the project included Representatives of Chepang Village Councils, Chepang women, leaders of indigenous communities, political parties, civil society, local authorities, media personnel etc.

Overall objectiv/Goal of the project :

 

To contribute to improved socio-economic conditions of the vulnerable population resulting in reduced conflict potential in Nepal.

Project Objectives:

  • To raise public awareness for equal rights and treatment based on ethnicity,
  • To sensitize political party leadership to strengthen Chepang Communities involvement in democratic process
  • Building local capacities to exercise for the promotion and protection of human rights through District Chepang Rights Forums (DCRFs)


Project Results:

 
 
 
  • Local Capacities enhanced through District Chepang Rights Forum
  • Public awareness for equal rights and treatment increased
  • Political parties sensitized on Chepang Communities involvement in democratic process.
  • 8. Partnership for Combating Local level Corruption: The Partnership for Combating Local level Corruption project was one year project implemented since December 1, 2007 to December 30, 2008 in 5 districts namely Jumla, Kalikot, Dailekh, Jajarkot of Mid -Western and Achham of Far-Western Regions of Nepal. The project was funded by DanidaHUGOU and implemented by WVAF as the lead in consortium with five local partner CSOs from Jumla, Kalikot, Dailakh, Jajarkot and Achham of Mid - and Far - Western Regions of Nepal. The target groups of the project included local communities from the five districts. Approximately 786,000 people from 144,000 households mostly poor and marginalized people benefited from the project activities in the form of increased access to efficient public services. Immediate objectives of the project:
    1. To increase public awareness against the vices of corruption,
    2. 2. To strengthen accountability and transparency of local governance institutions and 3. To enhance Local Knowledge on post-conflict corruption 4. To engage civil society in the monitoring of corruption cases, including post-conflict corruption cases.
  • Project Results: i. Capacity of anti-corruption CSOs enhanced ii. Public awareness against corruption increased iii. Local knowledge on post-conflict corruption enhanced iv. Anti-corruption monitoring mechanism such as District Anti-corruption Networks (DANs) comprising of local government authorities, line agencies and civil society established and functional v. Published and distributed quarterly magazines titled Integrity Campaign (See- Link) vi. Published and distributed Book on Corruption in Remote Districts (See- Link) Major activities of the project included: 1. Increasing public awareness against the vices of corruption through trainings, Publication and distribution quarterly bulletins, ToT on and 15 staging of street dramas 2. Strengthening accountability and transparency of local governance institutions through conducting ToT on street drama and staging of 15street dramas and Broadcasting of Good Governance Radio Programme 3. Enhancing local knowledge on post-conflict corruption enhanced through Profiling district-level conflict and post-conflict corruption problems and Organizing district and regional -level workshops on conflict and post-conflict corruption issues. And 4. Establishing Anti-corruption monitoring mechanism by Formation and strengthening of District Anti-Corruption Networks (DANs)