From Learning to Lobbying in Nepal | Mission East

From Learning to Lobbying in Nepal

From March 2013 to December 2014, Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), jointly with KIRDARC Nepal and Samjhauta Nepal, with the technical assistance of Mission East, implemented “Bringing Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Models into Remote Communities of Karnali, Nepal” project in Kalikot district.   It was a part of DIPECHO 7th Action Plan 2013-2014 funded by European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.  It was implemented in six VDCs of Kalikot namely Dhaulagoha, Fukot, Khina, Nanikot, Ramnakot, Thirpu, and at district level.

The main objective of the project was to build the resilience to natural disasters of the most vulnerable groups residing in remote Karnali region of Nepal with special focus to Dalit, women, and people with disabilities. Inclusive community based DRR model was devised by all DIPECHO partners in Nepal and applied in the project – through capacity building of communities, community based organisations, civil society organisations, and local government.

The project reached to more than 29,000 population of 6 VDCs of Kalikot district among which 22 percent were Dalit. The role of NNDSWO was instrumental to bring out the issues of caste based discrimination that Dalit community has been facing and to incorporate them into the inclusive CBDRR action. Across the journey of 22 months, NNDSWO team, with the technical support of Mission East, managed to turn its DRR learning into advocacy and lobbying at national and international level.

This booklet is an organizational insight on inclusive DRR actions from learning to lobbying.