Community Based Economic Development Project

PROJECT LOCATION Baitadi District
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 6
OTHER STAFF 21
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR Canadian Government through the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 432
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 1512
START DATE (Month/Year) April 1996
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) March 2002
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES NRs. 53,395,980
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Purna L. Shrestha and Mr. Bhuwan Bhatta were responsible for implementation, supervision and monitoring of the Project activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

This program assisted by CIDA and implemented in joint partnership with the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) was started in Baitadi district. The main objective of the program is to strengthen Nepal’s civil society, and more specifically, development of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) as viable and mature institutions capable of interacting with both locally elected governments, government agencies and central level ministries and agencies. Various activities were income generation based on local potentials and priorities, promotion and development of financially viable savings and credit groups as community-based financial institutions, and sustainable economic use and management of natural resources such as forests and water resources. Institutionalization of CBOs is promoted to strengthen the role of civil society and to facilitate sustainable development.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Social mobilization
  • Awareness creation
  • Group formation (Commodity Promotion, Rural Finance and Natural Resource Mgt.)
  • Capacity building of groups
  • Institutional strengthening of CBOs through training, physical facilities and human resources development
  • Formation of second-tier institutions for CBOs
  • Institutional linkages and advocacy
  • Promotion of decentralization and local governance
  • Integration of gender in development activities