OUR WORK

Since 2004, WVAF has worked extensively for the establishment of an equitable and just society where each individual has equal access to and control over the resources and equitable sharing of benefit on the basis of mutual respect among different gender, class, caste and ethnicity. WVAF has the experience of working in the past for poor, excluded, vulnerable and marginalized groups i.e, women, youth, Dalits, Adivasi Janajatis, Madhesis, Karnali people, Muslims, people with disabilities and other minorities so they could claim their rights, participate in decision-making processes and influence policy decisions that affected their lives. since its inception WVAF has implemented a sizeable number of development projects based on significant community participation and by securing fundingfrom large donors and agencies such as the European Union, UNDP, OHCHR, Danida, UNDEF, Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) USA/World Bank, DDNRF/Canadian Cooperation Office-Nepal (CCO-Nepal) and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy etc. WVAF has the ability to meet the needs and criteria of different donors and it builds off on past experience to continue working with marginalized and disadvantaged rural poor communities

 

ONGOING PROJECTS

 

1. Breaking the Barriers: Safeguarding the Rights of Girl Infants

 

Background/Context

 

Nepal is considered to be one of the vulnerable countries having increased sex ratio imbalance.  In recent year, pre natal sex determination and sex selective abortion has emerged as a serious issue for gender and reproductive rights. Son preference over girl child is deeply rooted in Nepalese society and culture resulting in high prevalence of worst forms of discrimination against girls. Girls are often disgraced, exploited and neglected in terms of care, nutrition, education, health services and other basic services in their everyday life. Realizing the issue, Child Worker in Nepal (CWIN) in partnership with World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF), Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) and International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) made an agreement with European Commission (EC) to implement a project "Breaking the Barriers: Safeguarding the Rights of Girl Infants" (Contract No EIDHR/2014/348-189) for the 3 years in the selected districts namely Chitwan, Rupandahi, Kanchanpur, Bhaktapur, Kaski, Surkhet districts project hiving high sex ratio imbalance

 

Duration of the project:  February 1, 2015 until January 31, 2017

 

Target group(s): Policy makers and parliamentarians; CSOs and media; Child Helpline 1098; women human rights defenders; FCHVs; Local Leaders; Ward Citizen Forum (WCF); Community Awareness Centres (CAC);  District/VDC Level Food Security and Nutrition Coordination Committees, Health Care Providers; and Child Protection Committees.

Overall objective of the project: Decrease the worst forms of discrimination against girl infants through enhanced civil society capacity, partnership, and community based education, leading to the decline in sex selection and girl infanticide in Nepal.

 

The specific objectives of the project are to:

 

Advocacy and lobbying at national and district levels to effectively implement girl child focused economic, education and health incentives to reduce Sex Selective Abortion (SSA) and female infanticide;

Strengthening the capacity of CSOs including Girls Advocacy Groups, social and religious leaders and media;

Establish research based evidences on existing norms, values and practices perpetuating discrimination against girl infants and using the evidences for policy reforms, design interventions and measure behavioural changes; and

Adapt and implement Girl-QUAT (quality assessment tool of services for girls and young women) and  use best practices to protect and promote the rights of girls.

 

Expected Results:

 (1) Civil society networks and partnerships developed and capacitated to effectively address sex selective abortion, and to protect rights of girl infants;

(2) Established research based evidences for programme intervention, advocacy and dissemination;

(3) Local social and religious leaders mobilised to reinforce local initiatives for reducing female foeticide/infanticide, and promoting gender equality;

(4) Six Child Help Line Centers for sustainable, psycho-social counselling and emergency relief services established and functioning; and

(5) GIRLS-QUAT implemented to increase Girl friendly CSOs' interventions including monitoring of discrimination against girl infants and girls.

 

2. Go International

 

The project “Go International (Contract No. DCI-NSAPVD/2012/308-308)” is a three year EU funded project commencing from January 1, 2013 until December 2015. The project is implemented by World Vision Advocacy Forum, a premium national level NGO dedicated to advocating and strengthening the capacity of women, and poor and excluded communities to claim their rights to participate in decisions and influence public policy) as the national partner in partnership with Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), representative body of private sector, as the lead and the Center for Environmental Training and International Consulting, Centric Austria International (CAI) as the international partner.

 

The project has been prepared to support the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS-2010) in line with the Trade Facilitation and Economic Capacity Building Sector of EU Country Strategy Paper (2011-2013) for improving trade and export opportunities on identified goods and services for inclusive growth and employment generation in Nepal through the creation of a business enabling environment. The target groups of the action are CNI and its local chapters and associations, staff of the SDCs established at the regional level, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) and its local chapters, associations, policy makers at the national level, line agencies in the regions and 100 would be - potential entrepreneurs primarily chosen among women, youth and fresh graduates.

 

The project has focused on promoting one district - one product and identified ten products and districts namely Tea (Ilam) and Cardamom (Panchathar) from Eastern Development Region of Nepal, Silver Jewellery (Lalitpur) and Ginger (Sindhupalchowk) from Central Development Region, Chyangra Pashmina Product (Kaski) and Tourism (Rupandehi) from Western Development Region, Medicinal Herbs/Essential Oils (Jumla) and Lentil (Banke) from Mid Western Development Region and Handmade Paper/Paper Products (Dadeldhura) and Wool Products (Darchula) from Far Western Development Region.

 

Overall Objective of the project:

To contribute towards the overall business enabling environment to capitalize on trade and export market opportunities for inclusive growth and employment generation through capacity strengthening of small and medium sized producers

 

Specific Objective of the project:

  • Developing the capacity of trade and business associations to enhance the production, logistics, marketing and export capacity of small and medium-sized producers;
  • Establishment of regional Services Development Centres (SDCs) for Trade Advisory Services (TAS) and Business Development Services (BDS) including information sharing, networking, exchange of good practices and trade business opportunities.

 

In order to achieve the above objectives, the project will achieve the following results:

 

Result (1) Establishment of SDCs and their functioning in the five districts of each region.

Result (2) Export Services Information portal installed for both Nepali exporters and international importers, hosted and maintained centrally by CNI secretariat.

Result (3)100 business plans developed for women and youth would-be entrepreneurs.

Result (4) Export business plans for 250 SMEs finalised and assisted with market links.

Result (5)  "One district-one product" concept sensitization through campaigns enforced in ten districts of five regions.


Major Activities of the project include:

 

1. Establishment of Services Development Centres (SDCs)

2. Baseline study on constraints and challenges faced by business people, associations and traders

3. Capacity building training to the staff of CNI, WVAF, and SDCs to strengthen small and medium sized producers, enterprenuers, SDCs on production, logistics, marketing and export capacity

4. Formation of project steering committee and regular meetings for strengthening coordination among Government line ministries, authorities and private sectors

5. Development and integration of Export Services into Information Portal: Invest Nepal

6. Update Export Services Information portal

7. Development of guidelines on technical standards requirements under WTO “Code of Good Practice for Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards,” regional and bilateral arrangements

8. Conduct SWOT analysis study of 5 export potential products

9. Entrepreneurship development training programmes to enhance capacity options for identified women entrepreneurs

10. Conduct sector wide training needs assessment to identify 10 potential sectors

11. Training programmes on Business Development Services (BDS), value chain and marketing to SDCs , Trade and Business services, Enterprises and women owned enterprises

12. Provide assistance to develop 100 inclusive business plans

13. Support to local small and medium sized producers, trade and business associations to enhance capacity to exploit available business opportunities

14. Impact study on export potential products and their value chain analysis

15. Establish linkages between Nepali exporters and importers from EU countries

16. Conduct quarterly meetings of enterperprenuers, investors, farmers and technicians at the districts for addressing various production and trade related issues

17. Regional exhibitions for promotion of export potentiality of the sectors (products, services)

18. Dialgues with key stakeholders (Government, FNCCI, CNI, small and medium sized producers, traders and business associations) for advocacy and lobbying

19. Radio programme to foster "One district-one product", rights for equitable access to the products and export potentiality/ market  information of the product

20. Conduct dissemination workshop on the findings of the final evaluation

 

  For more information please visit the Go International project website.  

 

 

3. Strengthening Transitional Justice Process in Nepal – Transitional Justice Resource Centre funded by UNDP:

 

The TJRC which is continually operating in Anamnagar, Kathmandu, was established by WVAF in April 2011 under the project Establishing and Running a Transitional Justice Resource Centre project funded by United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in close coordination with The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR). Currently the project is funded by Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue (CLDP)/UNDP Nepal under the title Strengthening Transitional Justice Process in Nepal – Transitional Justice Resource Centre. The primary target groups of the project include conflict victims, civil society, academia and policy makers. 

 

Overall objective:

 

To contribute for the promotion of national harmony and a logical conclusion of the government’s peace process

 

Project Specific objectives:

1.    To provide a learning, information and common platform for conflict victims, civil society, academia, researchers, lawyers, and decision makers to develop a broad based consensus in compliance with international principles of transitional justice, and

2.    To support efforts to build the capacity of practitioners involved in peacebuilding and transitional justice initiatives.

 

Project Results:

Strengthened capacity of transitional justice practitioners to implement transitional justice processes and mechanisms in line with the international standards

 

Project Outputs

1.  TJ practitioners capacitated with latest knowledge and skills on emerging issues of transitional justice, conflict mitigation and peace building.

2.   Fostering constructive dialogues among conflict victims, civil society and  decision makers regarding access to justice, reparation and restitution.

 

Major Activities of the project Include:

 

1.    Transitional Justice Resource Centre (TJRC) as a 'safe space' for transitional justice practitioners

2.    Publication and Dissemination of Transitional Justice Newsletter

3.    Fortnightly talk programme on emerging Transitional Justice issues to formulate relevant recommendations

4.    Organisation of dialogue among conflict victims, civil society, local authorities, and local chapters of Bar Association in regions

5.    Organisation of dialogue among conflict victims, civil society, policy makers, political parties and external development partners in Kathmandu

6.    Support to Civic Campaign Against Mass Amnesty

7.    Project Advisory Committee meetings

 

For more information about the Transitional Justice Resource Centre, please visit the TJRC website

 

4. Enhancing Marginalized Conflict Victims’ Access to Justice (EMCVAJ):

 

The project EMCVAJ is a pilot project to be implemented by WVAF in the identified 5 pilot districts, namely Achham and Kailali from the Far-western Region and Dang, Surkhet and Dailkeh from the Mid-western Region of Nepal. The project is funded by Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme /United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nepal. The aim of the project is to strengthen both personal and institutional capacity by enabling and empowering individuals and organizations to achieve positive outcomes in a manner which is sustainable over time, by advocating a holistic approach that serves to build the institutional and human resource capacity of the conflict victims and their associations to increase conflict victims’ access to justice, information about interim relief and recovery packages, legal aid, and referral services through enhanced Helpdesks. This project enhances the capacity of conflict victims to effectively participate in the transitional justice processes; effectively advocate for and demand accountability of institutions to develop and implement commitments to ensure conflict victims’ rights to truth, justice and reparations through awareness-raising, education, workshops, dialogue, networking, and participatory mentoring.

This project collaborates with conflict victims associations and District Coordination Committees (DCCs) of National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 to effectively provide legal aid, and feasible logistical support to conflict victims, including victims/survivors of SGBV to ensure their access to justice.

 

Overall objective: 

 

Contribute to the consolidation of peace in Nepal through enhancing access to justice and promoting the human rights of conflict victims.

 

Specific objectives:

  • To strengthen victims support forums for increasing conflict victims’ access to legal aid, and referral services including the provision of information concerning interim relief and recovery packages,  and
     
  • To foster constructive dialogue among local justice sector institutions and transitional justice practitioners on various issues related to impunity and accountability
     

Project outcome and outputs:

  • Improved awareness and capacity of criminal justice system to address the issues of conflict victims including conflict related SGBV incidences 
     
  • Output 1:Increased access to legal aid and information concerning Government relief and recovery packages by conflict victims including victims/survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) 
     
  • Output 2:Victim support forums strengthened to protect and promote the rights of conflict victims

 

5. Nepal Ex Kamaiya Education and Poverty Alleviation (NEKEPA):

 

NEKEPA is a 36 months project funded by DFID. The project is implemented by WVAF in partnership with Backward Education Society (BASE), a Dang based NGO as the lead. The project commenced from 1st January 2013 and is implemented in Dang, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Banke and Bardiya districts of the country. The NEKEPA project supports Nepal’s ex-Kamaiya community; a group of 186,700 highly marginalised freed bonded labours, many of whom have not received the rehabilitation entitlements promised to them by the Government of Nepal when they were freed in 2000.  The project is supporting ex-Kamaiya community to gain their rehabilitation entitlements, productive employment to reduce extreme poverty, and support their children to complete a full course in primary education.

 

Vision:To contribute in the process of poverty alleviation and eradication of illiteracy and eventually support to achieve the millennium development goal through several engagements.

 

Objective:The overriding objectives of the project are listed below:

  • To advocate for the reformation of several policies related with ex bonded laborers
  • To contribute in the process of improving the access of children of ex bonded laborers to education
  • To contribute in the process of achieving millennium development goals by eradicating extreme poverty

 

Project Outputs:

Output 1 –National level activities to hold duty bearers to account regarding ex-Kamaiya rights:

Output 2 – District level activities to hold duty bearers to account regarding ex-Kamaiya rights

Output 3 – Non-formal education, formal education and vocational training for ex-Kamaiya children:

Output 4 – Sustainable livelihood training and support for ex-Kamaiya adults

Output 5 – Leadership and para-legal training for ex-Kamaiya leaders

 

Major activities of the project include:

 

1.         Inception workshop.

2.         National level advocacy with government officials.

3.         Press Meet.

4.         Parents awareness meetings.

5.         District Stakeholders Meetings

6.         School Awareness Campaign

7.         District Watchdog Committees meeting

8.         Local Media Campaign

9.         NFE teacher training.

10.       NFE Preparatory class

11.       Formal education enrollment support.

12.       Formal education material support.

13.       Formal education infrastructure support.

14.       Vocational training

15.       Training of Trainers (ToT) on saving and credit mobilization

16.       Training on saving and credit mobilization.

17.       Training of Trainers (ToT) on book keeping and account.

18.       Training on book keeping and account.

19.       Livestock raising support.

20.       Support to establish retail shops.

21.       Support for agro based micro enterprises

22.       Farmers to Farmers training

23.       Vocational training for adults

24.       Leadership and skills develop training

25.       Paralegal training

 

6. Participatory Land Use Planning And Implementation Project (PLUP)

 

In this project, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) seeks a kind of institutional collaboration and partnership at local level for participatory approach in land use planning. To achieve this objective, the consortium partners have to provide services that make the local people/community/institutions able to adopt participatory approach to land use planning with enhanced capacity of understanding in analysis and application of land related data. The services have two major dimensions: participatory planning and management of land use.

 

Land is the most vital ingredient of socio-economic development of a nation. This is because every economic activity depends on it. In the context of Nepal, land is the principal source of livelihood for majority of the people. In recent times, rapidly growing population and uncontrolled use of land resources have shown symptoms of land resources being scarce that would need to cope with the need for sustainable future of the country.  The country is facing unmanaged utilization of land resources, haphazard infrastructure development and urbanization, and conversion of fertile agricultural land to unproductive non-agricultural sectors. At the same time, the issue of landless people in Nepal, particularly in Terai and urban areas, has been a key challenge for the long-term conservation of the land resources.

 

In order to resolve the land related conflicts, ensure people’s equitable access to land and land based resources and increase productivity; an efficient land management programme needs to be implemented. The government and political parties of Nepal have shown serious commitments toward resolving all issues related to land considering land issues as one of the main causes of a decade long conflict, several corrective provisions have been made in various important documents such as Comprehensive Peace Accord, Interim Constitution of Nepal and manifesto of the political parties. Government has formulated National Land Use Policy, 2012 in order to address several land use related problems.  As land issues are closely related with the society, effective management of land can greatly contribute to conflict resolution and peace building in the society. However, due to lack of sufficient capacities at land related organizations, adequate land based knowledge, and empowerment of local communities, the land issues are getting weakly addressed in the country. Therefore, resolving land use issues, which could greatly contribute to conflict resolution and peace building, should be placed high attention.

 

Three VDCs; Latikoili, Amraut and Jhorahat VDCs from Surkhet, Nawalparasi and Morang districts respectively, are selected for piloting the project.

 

Overall goal of the project:

The Overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of a mechanism aimed at peacefully addressing disputes due to competition for access to land and use of the limited resources as well as creating conducive environment for political leaders to develop a national transition plan for implementation of land reform and land return in order to reducing land related conflict in the country.

 

Objectives of the project:

The objective of the project is to carry out Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) and its implementation in the Latikoili, Amrout and Jhorahat VDCs of Surkhet, Nawalparasi and Morang districts respectively, and to assist in the compilation of legislative framework and land use planning and implementation guidelines for replicating PLUP beyond project districts and VDCs.

 

Major activities include:

 

1. Gap Analysis

2. Preparation of National, District and Local level Land Use Plans

3. Capacity Building

4. Implementation of Land Use Plan

5. Preparation of draft proposal for legal framework for land use planning.

6. Preparation of Land Use Planning and Implementation Guidelines

7. Miscellaneous Activities

 

Previous Projects

 

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:

1. Promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogues at local and national levels.

2. Promote awareness on the need of cultural diversity and conservation of cultural heritage.

3. Enhance institutional capacity and creativity in cultural products as means of livelihoods.

 

 

Expected Results of the Project:

1. Improved understanding on cultural issues such as importance of culture, cultural rights and cultural diversity.

2. Reduction of the incidences of culture based discriminations.

3. Contributed to respect for all cultures equally for coexistence.

4. Formulated relevant policies and plans to protect indigenous culture and cultural entitlements.

5. Established cultural rights as fundamental rights to protect and promote indigenous culture and cultural diversity.

6. 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 reinforce investment

 

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 Objectives:

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 BlockGrants.

 

Project Results:

i. Institutionalized community participation and increased ownership on public resources and services;

ii. Increased accountability and transparency for the delivery of public services; and

iii. 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:

i. Participation of community members, especially the women and marginalized communities, in the process of planning and monitoring increased

ii. Enhance knowledge and skills of stakeholders and marginalized communities on participatory monitoring process.

iii. Marginalized communities empowered to assert their rights.

iv. Effectiveness of project implementation and appropriate use of grants increased.

v. 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:

 i. Improved women's capacity to strengthen democratic process at local level;

ii. Increased capacity of civil society organizations and local authorities on civic empowerment using various advocacy tools and techniques;

iii. Established and strengthened networks to take proactive steps towards creating space for women's political participation

iv. 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:

i. Improved delivery of quality essential health care services from 110 health institutions,

ii. Renovated and equipped 55 rural infrastructures,

iii. Empowered disadvantaged groups (660 youths, 660 women, 660 children and 275 conflict traumatised family members) as community educators,

iv. Promoted income generation of the more than 1100 most disadvantaged families.

v. Knowledge management and dissemination of information based on baseline survey, visibility actions, good practices and evaluation findings (about 30 workshops/ seminars at various             levels)

vi. 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 objective/Goal of the project:

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

 

Objectives:

1. To raise public awareness for equal rights and treatment based on ethnicity,

2. To sensitize political party leadership to strengthen Chepang Communities involvement in democratic process

3. Building local capacities to exercise for the promotion and protection of human rights through District Chepang Rights Forums (DCRFs)

 

Project Results:

 i. Local Capacities enhanced through District Chepang Rights Forum

ii. Public awareness for equal rights and treatment increased

iii. 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.

 

Objective of the project:

To establish accountable and transparent local governance systems by strengthening civil society organisations dedicated to fight corruption.

 

Immediate objectives of the project:

1.    To increase public awareness against the vices of corruption,

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)

 

 9. Campaigning against Post-conflict Corruption:

Campaigning against Post-conflict Corruption was a 13 month project implemented from September 2007 to August 2008 in Kavrepalanchowk and Chitwan districts of the central region of Nepal. The project was funded by Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), USA and implemented by WVAF as the lead in collaboration with WVAF district partners namely, Village Women Welfare Centre (VWWC), Kavrepalanchowk, Rural Women Development Center (RWDC), Chitwan, Transparency International Nepal Chapter (TI-NC) Chitwan Support Group, local authorities and civil society organizations. The project focused on corruption in post-conflict reconstruction of public infrastructures. The primary target groups of the project included poor and marginalized groups like Dalits (so-called untouchable caste communities) and indigenous people of Kavre and Chitwan districts who were badly affected by the decade long violent conflict.

 

Goal of the project:To establish two project Districts as corruption free Districts and as such establish them as model Districts for good governance.

 

Project Objectives:

1 .Increase peoples' awareness about corruption in infrastructure construction related works at the local level by organizing and mobilizing civic societies and various stakeholders in the anti-corruption campaigns,

2. Liaise and network with relevant local government authorities and line agencies for strong and explicit support in combating post-conflict corruption, and

3. Install community based monitoring mechanisms to examine where and how corruption is actually taking place and initiates actions to limit corruption.

 

Project Results:

  i. People trained on good governance and post-conflict anti-corruption issues

 ii. Local government officials providing strong and active support to the post-conflict anti-corruption awareness raising and monitoring activities

iii. Corruption prone areas identified in infrastructure reconstruction sector in the targeted districts

iv. Anti-corruption awareness efforts launched

 v. Increased access to information by communities

vi. District Anti-corruption Networks (DANs) established and strengthened

vii. Anti-corruption Community Enabling Centers established and strengthened

viii. Public corruption complaints processed

ix. Community and local government capacity to fight against post-conflict corruption enhanced

 x. People's awareness about corruption in infrastructure construction related works increased

xi. Decrease in the level of corruption in local governance

 

Major activities of the project included:

 

1. Train People on good governance and post-conflict anti-corruption issues

2. increasing  post-conflict anti-corruption awareness raising and monitoring activities

3. Identify corruption prone areas in infrastructure reconstruction sector in the targeted districts

4. Launch Anti-corruption awareness efforts

5. Increase access to information by communities

6. Establish and strengthen District Anti-corruption Networks (DANs)

7. Establishing and strengthening Anti-corruption Community Enabling Centers established

8. Process Public corruption complaints

9. Enhancing Community and local government capacity to fight against post-conflict corruption