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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

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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.


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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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Samjhauta Nepal

Samjhauta Nepal

Samjhauta Nepal is registered as a national NGO in the District Administration Office, Kathmandu on March 26, 2003. It’s mission is to create opportunities for Women, Youth and children to develop the skills and resources needed to achieve social, economic, civil, environmental and political justice.


Women Welfare Services

Women Welfare Services  is an NGO registered in Simikot, Humla. It was founded with the aim of addressing extreme poverty and deprivation of women in the Karnali with an initial focus in Humla District. Poor access to justice for women, lack of awareness of women’s rights and deplorable socio-economic conditions of women in general compelled them to organize women to establish the organization. The goal of the organization is to work for the poor in general and women in particular.


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