The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) supported local collaborating NGOs (CNGOs) in Dailekh, Jajarkot, Doti and Achham districts to address deeply-rooted social malpractices such as caste and gender-based discrimination and exploitation. SLP equipped CNGOs and promising individuals (local resource persons (LRPs) / activists) with the knowledge, skills and resilience to empower target communities to address these social issues. SLP supported CNGOs and activists / LRPs to establish networks and increase their coordination, advocate policy changes before the relevant authorities and take their concerns to the national level.
Activities in Southern Achham
Replication in Dailekh, Jajarkot, Doti and Achham
LRP / Activist Development and Mobilisation
SLP trained over 60 LRPs / activists on the preventive and curative aspects of uterine prolapse, focusing on the reproductive rights of women and gender issues. It also trained 40 Dalit activists on taking up the issues of caste-based discrimination in the four districts of Dailekh, Jajarkot, Doti and Achham.
These LRPs / activists were mobilised in collaboration with the CNGOs from about 75 VDCs of the four districts. During the period, some 25 LRPs specialising in non-timber forest products and community forestry were also trained and mobilised in 3 districts (Dailekh, Jajarkot and Doti), having due regard to access and control over community forest resources by disadvantaged groups of users. These activities could not be continued after 2006 due to the local political situation. During 2005 and 2006, LRPs / acivists also collaborated with RSDC, a partner of LLINK/Helvetas, to take forward the issue of uterine prolapse in Banke and Bardiya districts.
Networking and Coordination
LRPs / activists, separate VDC-level networks / pressure groups on the issues of uterine prolapse and caste-based discrimination were formed in the area and were active on taking up the issues locally. These local-level networks were federated into district-level networks in some of the districts and the process of linking them to regional and / or national-level networks was supported. Gender-focused local networks were linked up to national-level networks such as UP Alliance, Women for Human Rights- Single Women Group (WHR); the Dalit-focused local networks developed alliances with the Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN) and National Land Rights Forum.
Issue-Framing and Advocacy
- FASTENOPFER (Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund)
- World Population Institute, United States
- Public Health Concern Trust Nepal (phect-Nepal)/Kathmandu Model Hospital
- Women for Human Rights- Single Women Group (WHR)
- Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN)
- National Land Rights Forum
- District Development Committee (DDC), Achham
- District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), Achham
- District Forest Office (DFO), Achham
- District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), Achham
- Village Development Committees (VDC) in covered VDCs in Achham
- Cooperative Organization working in covered VDCs