Who We Are

CAED was founded by a group of Nepali and foreign development professionals in 1992, with the initial aim of responding to growing agricultural and ecological crises in Chitwan District. The remit of CAED’s work has since grown, both geographically as well as thematically, enabling the organization to work in various regions of Nepal to address a broad range of human rights and development issues.

CAED has developed expertise in the following areas as a result of over a quarter of a century of experience in delivering advocacy, training and empowerment programs:

  • Food sovereignty
  • The empowerment of women and girls
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Child rights
  • Dalit rights
  • Indigenous identity and education

All of these thematic areas of concern are incorporated into at least one of CAED’s three on-going programs.

Governance

CAED is governed by an executive board of human rights and development professionals representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The board is selected by general assembly and has a tenure of three years. Below is an overview of the current board members.

Chairperson

Mr. Rajendra Dahal

Treasurer

Ms. Basanta Devi Rai

Member-Secretary

Ms. Samita Pradhan

Members

Mr. Tulasi Nepal

Ms. Aruna Chaudhari

Ms. Kumari Rai

Mr. Somat Ghimire

Staff

Management & Head Office

Executive Director

Samita
Pradhan

Admin and Finance Officer

Ram
Bhattarai

Program Manager

Pramod Raj Dahal

Regional Program Coordinator

Sumesh Bhattarai

Advocacy & Training Officer

Aruna Chaudari

Admin & Finance Assistant

Renu
Thapa

Program Support Assistant

Kalyani
Thapa

Office Assistant

Sher Bdr Chepang

Driver

Chakra
Lama

Karnali Livelihood Empowerment Program

Dalit Rights
Officer

Lila
Tamatta

Food Sovereignty Officer

Krishna
Bham

Field Program Coordinator

Umakanta Bhusal

Women, Girls and Child Rights Program & Women's Reproductive Rights Program - West

District Program Officer

Ram Bikram Saha

Gender and SRHR Officer

Indra Gharti Magar

Girls Empowerment Officer

Dipika
Shrestha

Advocacy
Officer

Laxmi
Chand

Admin & Finance Assistant

Krishna Prasad Sharma

Women's Reproductive Rights Program - East

District Program Officer - Sarlahi

Umesh Kumar Yadav

District Program Officer - Khotang

Lochan Shrestha

Gender and SRHR Officer - Sarlahi

Prativa Prabha Pandit

Gender and SRHR Officer - Khotang

Kalpana
Rai

Project Assistant - Sarlahi

Nimai
Sah

Project Assistant - Khotang

Unika
Rai

Legal Status

CAED is registered as a public institution under the Institutions and Unions Registration Act of Nepal with the District Administration Office in Kathmandu (Reg. No. 322/048-049). It is registered at the Inland Revenue Office in Kathmandu under the permanent account number (PAN) 301723288. It is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council of Nepal (Affiliation No. 10762).

Funding

CAED’s activities are funded by international NGOs working in Nepal. Its primary donors are the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (Fastenopfer) and Asian Aid (Australia), which have been supporting CAED since 1998 and 2010, respectively.

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