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

Project Code: 
NEP-CISU-04
English
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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Both toilet and clean water are now within Lachhu’s reach

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Adaptive Livelihood in Action: a civil society initiative to advocate for mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into development initiatives in Karnali

Project Code: 
NEP-DMCDD-002
English
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Project Background:

Nepal is highly prone to natural disasters and the adverse effect of climate change. In remote and mountainous areas, disasters from these hazards are usually of too small a scale to draw government attention and attract dedicated funding for disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation. But the frequency of such disasters is high, communities are extremely vulnerable and its accumulation at the level of a district is a serious threat to development initiatives.

The project proposes to address such “hidden disasters” by mainstreaming elements of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into district and community development initiatives and to advocate for such action in what we are calling an Adaptive Livelihood approach.

The project aim is to support 100 Civil Society Organisations in 3 districts of the remote mountainous Karnali region in: a) learning to adapt their actions to climate change and natural hazards and b) advocacy to Local Government for Adaptive Livelihood Action into district development planning.

 

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:

Overall development objective: To sustain community development initiatives in the face of the adverse effects of disasters and climate change in Karnali.

  1. Advocacy Objective: Civil Society Organizations can advocate for inclusive mainstreaming of DRR & CCA in district development plans.
  2. Thematic competencyObjective: Local government and CSOs have their skills enhanced to better mitigate the adverse effects of natural hazards and climate change within their development initiatives.
  3. Organizational capacity Objective: KIRDARC has increased their institutional capacity to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption into their projects portfolio and to advocate for it at national level.

 

Project Action:

The implementation of the project will include trainings for CBOs, LNGOs and media on: advocacy for Adaptive Livelihood Action (ALA); DRR & CCA advocacy and a specific training module on Disaster Risk Reduction and inclusion (targeting women, Dalit, people with disability).

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