HISTORY OF NEPAN
Inclusion in participatory development in Nepal
During the late 1990s, when participatory approach was a new development concept in Nepal, many development workers and INGOs/NGOs used NEPAN as a center for collecting resource materials and learning from the experiences of participatory experts and practitioners. NEPAN has be influential in the capacity building of development workers and advancement of participatory development practices in Nepal. Renowned development scholar, Dr. Robert Chambers, known for his work in rural community development and promotion of “participatory rural appraisal” practices, encouraged the creation of NEPAN and is regarded as an honorary member for his work and ongoing support. In 2015, NEPAN purchased its own building providing a common space to host workshops and allow members to congregate and network.
RECENT ACTIVITY (2014-PRESENT)
- 2019: With the support from DFID/ MOTT MacDonald: a Challenge Fund to ‘Leave No-one Behind (LNOB)’ in the reconstruction effort, and to restore and improve livelihoods, food security and access to services for five category of most vulnerable people: single women, persons with disabilities (PwD), internally displaced persons (IDP), elderly and food insecure households in a total of three assigned rural municipalities (Shivapuri, Dupcheshwar and Tadi) of Nuwakot district of Nepal.
- 2018: With the support fron UNICEF, NEPAN is implementing strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Child grant project in Bajhang, Achham and Rautahat districts.
- 2017: Research study conducted to address human trafficking and unsafe migration patterns on Women and Girls in Nepal, sponsored by IOM
- 2017: In partnership with FHi360, NEPAN was selected as a CS:MAP capacity development partner to improve civil society and media capacity for effective policy advocacy and government engagement at the grassroots level
- 2014-2017: In continuation of past projects in partnership with HAIN, Strengthening Active Aging Project (Livelihood Component) is continuing to promote income generating activities through OPAs. Starting in 2017, the OPAs have transitioned to self-sufficiency and will continue to function outside the support of HAIN and NEPAN.
- 2015-2017: Dual Phase Monitoring Study conducted in partnership UNICEF and MoFALD, “Assessment of Emergency Top-up Cash Transfer Programme for Vulnerable Groups in Nepal” and “Assessment of Earthquake Recovery Cash Transfer Programme for Child under Five years in Nepal”
- 2015-2017: Inclusion Protection Project, later expanded to Nepal Earthquake Response/Recovery Project (NERP) is working to ensure the inclusion of older persons in livelihood, health, advocacy and disaster relief.
- April 2015 – Unconditionally Cash Grant to Earthquake Affected Old People (HAIN)
- May 2015 – Immediate Relief Supplies for Earthquake Effected People of Sindhupalchowk (Australian Himalayan Foundation)
- Add: 2015 – Inclusion Protection Project (HAIN)
Middle Years (2007-2014)
- 2007-2014: In partnership with HelpAge International (HAI), the project Raising Incomes and Improving Health of Poor Older People implemented 15 Older People Associations (OPAs) for the sustainable livelihood development of older people through income generating activities in Kathmandu, Tanahu and Bardiya. Renamed Sponsor a Grandparent (SAG) in 2009, the project was expanded to include Kaski district. In 2012, the project, renamed Helping Older People through Active Ageing (HOPE), was extended to promote active aging through income generating and healthy living activities.
- 2011 – 2013: Older Citizen Monitoring (OCM) project funded jointing through BMZ, HAD and HAI was implemented to enhance the social security and rights of older persons in Kathmandu, Tanahu, Bardiya and Kaski districts.
- 2007-2012 NEPAN coordinated the Age Demands Action (ADA) Campaign in Nepal
Early Years (1995 – 2007)
- Conducted a series of research studies promoting participatory approaches and aging in Nepal.
- Facilitated capacity building training on participatory methods for partner organizations. Topics included: social auditing, advocacy, proposal writing, M&E, aging issues etc.
- Before the formulation of the Senior Citizens Act in Nepal, NEPAN conducted a series of workshops for stakeholders in different regions of Nepal.