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    HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal has been operating in Nepal under an agreement with the Government of Nepal since 1956. It implements its programmes and projects throughout the country. Through its work at both local and national levels, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal supports actions leading to self-propelling development and eradication of poverty.

    The Country Strategy 2016 - 2020 sets the vision of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal to support in programme implementation; advisory and advocacy for poverty reduction, rural infrastructure development, and economic growth related to agriculture, universal access to water and sanitation, technical and vocational skills development, safe and decent employment, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, gender equality and social inclusion.

    Detailed information on the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal programme is available on the internet and can be accessed at www.helvetas.org.np

    Published by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal Dhobighat, Lalitpur, GPO Box 688, Kathmandu, Nepal Telephone: +977 1 5524926, 5544337Fax: +977 1 5531109E-mail: po@helvetas.org.np

    Photos: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal Layout & PrintIng by: Digiscan Pre-press Pvt. Ltd.

  • Parts of the world and the global society are enjoying rapid technological progress, an expansion of political freedom and economic growth while other parts are suffering from acute poverty, denial of fundamental rights, lack of education possibilities and access to different opportunities.

    Against this backdrop of a widening gap between the privileged and the under-privileged, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal sets out its vision of a just society that ensures the basic needs of women and men are met; that guarantees all people the right to self-determination; that allows them to participate in shaping their social and political environment; and manages its natural resources in a sustainable manner. It also envisages a society where institutions and organisations adhere to the principles of accountability, transparency, quality and effectiveness.

    MISSIONWe support poor and disadvantaged women, men and communities in developing and transition countries in their efforts to improve living conditions. Through development cooperation, we support women and men in improving their livelihoods themselves in a sustainable manner. We promote equitable access to the resources and services necessary for life and thus contribute to overcoming the root causes of poverty. We uphold the protection and promotion of social, economic, political, environmental and cultural rights and responsibilities and seek to ensure their practical implementation.

    VALUESOur engagement is based on solidarity and partnership. We work towards achieving human rights and upholding the principle of self-determined development. We are committed to social equity and strive for equal opportunities for men and women regardless of age, origin, language, religion, culture or political convictions. Our collaboration with our partners is based on mutual respect for cultural values and principles. We stand for development that balances economic viability, environmental appropriateness and social benefits.

    Mission and Values

  • Food security and nutrition: Women and men farmers implement sustainable and resilient food production and marketing systems that foster increased productivity and production.

    Subsistence agriculture continues to be crucial for the provision of food and nutrition to a large part of the population. Recent efforts including the Government of Nepals recent Agricultural Development Strategy aim to promote a variety of high value cash crops support agricultural commercialisation with increased exports of different products and import substitution.

    Integrated water resources management: Women and men in rural and urban settlements maintain adequate and sustained access to water for drinking and irrigation and to sanitation.

    This programme is expected to help rural communities and urban settlements maintain adequate and sustained access to water for drinking, irrigation and sanitation. The impact of climate and environmental change has been felt in many areas with springs drying up, resulting in inadequate supply of drinking water and irrigation schemes. In addition to technological solutions, this calls for new and alternative water governance taking into account the responsibility of local governments.

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Banana nursery an important input provider in the banana market system

    Women maintain water taps to support high functionality of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation supported water supply schemes


  • Economic growth and decent employment: Private sector entities of different sizes provide opportunities to adequately skilled women and men for decent wage and self-employment.

    Large numbers of unemployed and under-employed youth - a result of the lack of opportunities for inadequately skilled young women and men - is seen as one of the reasons for discontent and unrest. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal will continue to work with the private sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations for skills training and apprenticeship, career counselling, linking training with employment, and providing information on safer and beneficial labour migration strategies. In collaboration with the private sector, the organisation will continue to support the development of opportunities for decent wage and self-employment.

    Gender equality and social inclusion: Women and Dalits access equal and just opportunities in political, economic and public life.

    HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal envisions efforts from local to national level to improve womens and Dalits participation and representation in its programmes and within the organisation, and to reduce all forms of violence opportunities; access and and discrimination against women and Dalits. The strenghtened capacity for equitable opportunities; access and ownership of resources; and technologies to empower them will provide impetus towards gender equality and justice to Dalit individuals and community.

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    The production of distillation units for production of essential oils made in Nepal a new enterprise and income opportunity

    Women present their farm business plan, particularly production cost calculation, as part of a farmer business school

  • Climate change and disaster risk management: Women and men, particularly from vulnerable communities, reduce their vulnerability and increase their resilience to the effects of climate change and disasters.

    HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal, in order to build a resilient society to the effects of climate change and natural disasters, will attempt to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity in the working communities through engagement at policy level. It will help youth in schools and women in community groups to become aware of increasing risks and be prepared to reduce vulnerability from negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters. It will build back safer and enhance preparedness in selected areas of prior engagement as part of the reconstruction and rehabilitation initiatives after the great earthquake in 2015.

    Good governance: Institutions at different levels are effective, transparent and accountable to the rights of women and men and ensure inclusive and responsive decision-making.

    The organisation will support the development of participatory development periodic and sectorial plans and budgets at local level. It will also support capacity development of local government to implement the plans and budgets, and subsequent monitoring of their implementation. It will further organise and mobilise citizens, with a realised sense of rights and responsibility, for an effective response to the issues and rights of marginalised groups.

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

    Earthquake resistant reconstruction of houses after the Great Nepal Earthquake in 2015

    Village development committee council in a hill village

  • Women and children left behind as adult male members of the family migrate for foreign employment.

  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal defines women and men - especially those who are economically poor and socially marginalised in terms of gender, ethnicity and caste - as primary stakeholders and rightsholders.

    The first priority primary stakeholders are economically poor women, Dalits and Adibasi Janajatis. Non-poor women and Dalits as well as poor Brahmin, Chhetri and Thakuri men are considered second priority primary stakeholders. Non-poor Adibasi Janajati, Brahmin, Chhetri and Thakuri men are non-targeted primary stakeholders.

    The Country Strategy anticipates reaching 60 per cent first priority primary s


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