Almost a decade since the end of the civil war, Nepal continues to reel in the aftermath of the conflict. Nepal is in a transitional phase, with its politics still trying to get a firmer footing. With two failed attempts at setting up a timely constitution which has left the government fraught with inadequacies and many large scale natural disasters later like floods and earthquakes, the country is struggling.

For the last 50 years, ICCO has been working in seven regions across the world.  Governed by the twin principles of ‘Justice and Dignity for all’ and Sustainable Livelihoods, our programs provide people with the opportunity to develop their skills and resources which are crucial in order for them to create their own sustainable livelihoods. We believe that the full potential of individuals can only be realized when justice and dignity are achieved. We consider that protecting people’s rights empowers them to create their own livelihoods. And vice versa: by enabling people to secure their income, they can claim their rights.

ICCO Cooperation’s presence in Nepal for almost two decades encompasses our work in uplifting poor and excluded people. Nepal is a patriarchal society at large and ICCO in Nepal is working to nudge rural women toward self-reliance.

ICCO has empowered thousands of small women farmers in remote hills by developing their business acumen in agriculture. Encouraging entrepreneurship, we work on a number of programs with women and youth to lead them to resourcefulness and independence. In collaboration with local partners, we conduct entrepreneurship trainings, connecting the gap between hopeful entrepreneurs and experienced ones.

ICCO Nepal works majorly in the far and mid-western region of the country. Our programs are complimentary to each other so that the beneficiaries experience long term advantages. As part of our livelihoods improvement program, we work with the poorest of the poor and we think beyond simply offering materials to empowering them with skills for the long run. We believe in good governance being the foundation of every strong community and nation. Keeping that in mind, we mobilize grassroot communities into active groups and cooperatives.

We work in collaboration with different national and local organizations, partnering with enterprising people, private sector, knowledge institutes, government agencies and civil society actors. The fundamental needs of communities are what shape our programs. Our goal has always been to mainstream disability and lessen the stigma of people living with HIV/AIDS. To this effect, we have been working on disability inclusion in all our works, and our program beneficiaries have one thing in common: they are rising above the social stigma of HIV, disability and multiple marginalizations to lift themselves out of poverty and lead a dignified life.

This video shows our partnerships with national and international NGOs in Nepal: