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Bringing inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction models into remote communities of Karnali, Nepal

Project Code: 
NEP-DIPECHO-03, NEP-JL-01
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Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Project Background:

Nepal is highly affected by natural disasters. Floods, landslides, earthquakes, fires, drought, epidemic are taking their yearly toll on life, livestock, assets and destruction of the cultivated land, reducing food stock. UNDP ranks Nepal as 11th most at-risk country for earthquakes and 30thfor floods. Similarly, it is ranked as 4th in the most at risk from climate change over the next 30 years.

Poverty makes Karnali population more vulnerable to effects of natural hazards. From a vulnerability perspective, districts in Karnali are the poorest and the most vulnerable as per recent UNDAF report 2012. Local population of these districts suffers from chronic food shortage and malnutrition, limited access to clean water and sanitation & health facilities, leading to increased health risk for children, women and other vulnerable groups. If hazards observed in Karnali remain of limited scale, they are numerous and their impact on local economy is important, keeping population in a vicious circle of poverty. Major natural hazards in Kalikot district are drought, landslides, mudflow, erratic rainfall, and storm. Moreover Kalikot lies on the major earthquake fault.

Disasters affect first the most vulnerable groups. Marginalised groups such as Dalits and remote and isolated communities are more affected because they have limited access to land, which usually lay in the most hazardous area in the community. Children, women, people with disability and elderly people suffer from health issues and other risks during disaster. These groups have very limited knowledge and capacity for disaster preparedness and response.

 

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:

Principal objective: Building resilience to natural disasters for the most vulnerable groups in the remote Karnali region of Nepal, by enabling safer and inclusive environment

Specific objective:
Communities, civil society organisations and local government of Kalikot district and Karnali region are capacitated to advocate for, and mainstream inclusive CBDRR, into local development initiatives.

 

Project Action:

Activities in the project will be geared towards achieving three main results:

Result 1 will see communities in 6 VDCs of Kalikot District mainstream inclusive CBDRR in their development initiatives and communities at high disaster risk will implement preparedness and mitigation measures.

Result 2 will focus on Civil Society actors of Kalikot advocating for Inclusive CBDRR and mainstreaming it in their mandate and practices.

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Food aid on its way to flood victims in Nepal

Children, flood, Karnali, Nepal

In India and Nepal, severe flooding has already cost more than a hundred lives, and more people have been reported missing. In Nepal, Mission East is in the process of getting food aid to the victims in the remote mountainous region of Karnali.

 



Civil Society for Inclusion: building up inclusive approaches for women with disabilities in Humla

Project Code: 
NEP-CISU-04
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Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

 

Background:

 

The main issue which underlies this project is the extreme vulnerable conditions of people with disabilities living in rural remote and isolated districts of Nepal, such as Humla, and the absence of tangible support from government and civil society which provides lasting solutions, upholds rights and respects their dignity. In this context WWS is the first organization in Humla that has the ambition to switch from a short-term, unsustainable ‘charitable approach’ to a rights-based and inclusive approach, However, an institutional gap analysis of WWS capacity in gender and disabilities highlighted that “disability inclusiveness is an important concern for WWS as well as an important need among their target population. Given the size and scope of interventions of WWS, there is a high opportunity to insert disability as a systematic crosscutting issue in their approach and to aim towards a strong inclusive organization. Mission East could play a clear role in supporting the WWS in this development.” The identified gaps can lead as well to problems in implementing and managing the ongoing PATC project “I have a voice” since women with disability have been targeted as beneficiaries but the partners are facing difficulties in addressing the challenges posed by disability.

 

Mission East has a plan to support WWS for several years for it is the only woman association active in Humla who is looking toward disability inclusion, where the condition of women and women with disabilities is greatly deteriorated by socio-cultural practices, geographical hardship and remoteness of the region. WWS has grown both in size and capacity in recent years and is very respected and successful in Humla, but so far they have not addressed the issue of people with disabilities. Nevertheless, the project “I have a Voice” and the technical support from our disability consultant has encouraged them to engage further into the disability sector. Finally, the director of WWS, having a disability herself, and fully concerned by the conditions of people suffering from stigma and exclusion by the communities and population, is a great motivator for the organisation’s interest in the inclusive approach.

Project Aims: 

 

Aims:

 

To empower marginalized women with disabilities of Humla (Nepal) to advocate for their rights and improve their situation.

 

Women Welfare Service (WWS) becomes a disability inclusive organization able to address issues of women with disabilities in Humla.

 

Project Action

Improve WWS’ capacity, given the necessity to increase staff as well as board members’ knowledge and skills in disability inclusion in order to ensure high-level and efficient inclusive approach from an institutional point of view. The adoption of an inclusive approach impacts not only the project design but the organization itself in its strategies, approaches, attitudes and management. This means:

  • Upgrading the strategic vision and programming by the board of WWS will be essential to address the need for inclusion that Humla society and its women will face in the future, related to population growth, scarcity of natural resources, climate change, and political transformation of the country
  • In regards to financial, administrative, logistic and human resources management this means for the organization to adjust their budget, human resources policies disability friendly, and logistic aspects (such as accessible buildings and adapted working space) to become themselves a model of inclusion and advocate for it towards peer organizations in Humla.

 

 

Donor:

Civil Society in Development (CISU)

Project code:

NEP-CISU-04

Location:

Humla District, Karnali Zone, Nepal

 

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