Project Profile

CRDS Nepal’s approach to empowering the poor and marginalized communities in rural areas is multifaceted. Firstly, they focus on meeting basic needs by providing access to essential services such as clean water, sanitation, and healthcare. This is achieved through the implementation of programs such as water resource management, hygiene promotion, and maternal and child health initiatives.

Secondly, CRDS Nepal helps to improve livelihoods by promoting sustainable agriculture practices, livestock management, and income-generating activities. They provide training and support to farmers to increase crop yields, improve animal husbandry practices, and develop market linkages for their products.

Thirdly, CRDS Nepal works towards building the institutions of these communities. They facilitate the formation of self-help groups, cooperatives, and other community-based organizations that enable people to come together, share resources, and make collective decisions. These institutions provide a platform for community members to voice their concerns, access information and services, and participate in decision-making processes at various levels.

CRDS Nepal’s programs are implemented in the Mountain, Hills, and Lowlands ecological zones of several districts in Nepal. Their team of over 180 staff and volunteers work closely with local communities to understand their needs and priorities, and tailor programs accordingly. By empowering communities to take ownership of their development processes, CRDS Nepal has been able to successfully implement diverse community development programs and projects that have benefited over approx. 80000 households.




Project Name Project and program component Location Date Budget Remarks
1 Women’s Reading for Development(WORD) Women literacy Darchula District 1994 to 1996 5,50,000.00 2095 Women Graduated
2 Banana and off seasonal vegetable farming and marketing project Vegetable and Banana farming Kanchanpur 1996 to 2000 10,50,000.00 383 farmers Benefited
3 Crop Diversification Project(CDP) Social mobilization, Extension Services for Farmer Groups, High yielding cash crop farming production and marketing, Promotion of Private Extension Services Darchula District 29 May,2003 to 31 December 2007



8069 Farmers benefited
4 Rural Water Supply and Sanitation program(RWSS) Water supply and sanitation Darchula District December 2004 to February 2010



Total Population-1292


5 The Hope-ASHA Program Different type Community Managed different Rural Infrastructure, Capacity Building training, life skill and vocational training, on farm and off farm livelihood support, peace building support, LRP development Darchula Disrict Sept.2004 to Dec.2009



6 Water and sanitation(WATSAN) Water supply and sanitation Darchula District July 2006 to June 2007



HHs-357,Population-2431,DWSS Sch-9,Sch-6,Stud.-641
7 Protracted Relief And Recovery Operations(PRRO)-Food Security Program(FSP) Food for work and cash for work with agriculture food security,nutrition,fooder forage support activities Darchula District

November 1, 2007 to July 30, 2011






8 Community support program(CSP-II) Different type Community Managed different Rural Infrastructure, Local Govt. and UCs Capacity Building training, life skill and vocational training, on farm and off farm livelihood support, CAC support, LRP development, advocacy and lobbying Darchula District October 2012 to March 2014





9 SUAAHARA-I program Improving nutrition and health standards of women and children by focusing on better maternal, newborn, and child health services Darchula District August 2011 to August 2016



Benefited under 5yrs children-7222
10 Integrated community development project(ICDP)

Education, Livelihood Enhancement, Health and WASH, Sponsorship Service and Child Protection


Darchula District September 2016 to Till now



11 Early Grade Reading program(EGRP) Improved Early Grade Reading Instruction, Improved National and District Early Grade Reading Service Delivery, Increased Family and Community Support for Early Grade Reading Darchula District



January 2015 to   till now
12 Promoting Agriculture, Health and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL) Improved Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services, Strategies, and Technologies, Effective Disaster Risk Management Services, Strategies and Technologies, Appropriate and Diverse Financial Services and Products, Dynamic and Responsive Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Markets, Productive Natural Resources and Resource Management Systems, Quality Health and Nutrition Services and Information Darchula District



October 2014 –January 2020
13 SUAAHARA-II program Improve nutrition; maternal, newborn, and child health; family planning services; water sanitation and hygiene practices; and home-based gardening, Behavior change strategy to foster adoption of key health and nutrition practices Darchula District

2016 – 2022


14 Rural Village Water Resources Management Project(RVWRMP) Access to Safe Drinking Water Supply and Basic Sanitation, improve Nutrition and Rural Livelihoods, Home Gardens, Income Generation Assistance and by Developing Local Cooperatives, Micro Hydropower, Improved Cooking Stoves and Improved Water Mills. Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Rural Municipality Administration, WASH governance as well as agriculture and nature based economic development, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Local Ownership, Transparency and Accountability, Dignified Menstruation Management. Darchula District 2006 to November 2022



15 COVID-19 emergency Support Program School students data collection COVID-19 Emergency material support, Emergency Public Health Intervention for COVID-19 Darchula District 2020 to 2021






Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP)


Social mobilization Governance reform, service delivery and capacity building, citizens empowerment, Socio economic and infrastructure development Darchula District      July 2013 to15 july 2017




Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP)


Technology Development and Adaptation, Technology Dissemination and Adoption, Food and Nutrition Security Enhancement, Project Management Darchula District January 2015 to March 2018



18 Poverty Alleviation Program(PAP) Income generation subprojects targeted to the poorest and excluded groups, Small-scale village and community infrastructure, Innovation and special programs, Capacity building Darchula District April 2005 to December 2017



19 Decentralized Rural Infrastructure and Livelihood Project (DRILP) Community Development and Rural Livelihood Restoration, Capacity Building and Decentralized Local Governance Strengthened, New and upgraded rural transport infrastructure Darchula District October 2007 to July 2011



20 Right to Harawa  Charawa community as well as the process of gaining access to  land Advocacy And Lobbying Policy Makers Harawa  Charawa community Compelling Struggle For Freedom Siraha, Saptrai, Mahaottari, Sirlahi, Rautahat Districts January 2016 to December 2019



21 ICF/IWM/Biomass Energy Support Program Improved Cook Stoves with Carbon Finance(ICF), , Improved Water Mill (IWM) with diversified end uses including electrification, Household, commercial and institutional Improved Cook stoves (ICS),Briquette, Development and promotion of rural/appropriate and Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs), Darchula District January 2012 to December 2018



22 Facilitation of Forest and Farm Facility (FFF)-Strengthening Aromatic and Medicinal plants based enterprises of community forestry user group by scaling up production, processing and marketing Enhanced cooperation and collaboration of CFUGs, government agencies and local government and other stakeholders, Increased income from aromatic plants and essential oil producer groups through efficient operation of the processing plant, diversified product and creation of strong linkages with market, Production of aromatic and medicinal plants and processed essential oil will be increased through adopting agroforestry practices in CF and private land Nawalparashi July 2022 to December 2023 15,54,190.00

Adaptation at Scale Prize Project


Adaptation water and resilience Darchula District January 2017 to May 2029 10,00,000.00
24 Human Resources For Health(HRH)

Appropriate supply of health workers for labor market needs, Equitable distribution of health workers, Improved health worker performance, Effective and coordinated HR planning, management and development across the health sector.


Darchula District March 2013 to November 2013



25 Local Governance Accountability facility program(LGAF) Facilitate citizen engagement in local governance processes Darchula District June 2011 to July 2014



26 SAFE WASH-II Enhanced family health through WASH improvements, Improved hygiene behavior of the community including reduction of repressive menstruation practices (chaupadi),Enhanced governance of the WASH sector, Enhanced organizational capacity of WUCs Darchula District February 2015 to December 2019



27 Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) program The context of humanitarian crises Implementing an humanitarian emergency preparedness & response activities Sudupashchim Province Sept 20,2020 to till now
28 Sustainable Economic enhancement and Development of women , poor and Excluded(SEED of WPE) Smallholder agriculture: production that ensures food security, Improved rural incomes: a special focus on women’s, Natural resources: equitable access, collaborative management and sustainable use, Water, sanitation and energy: model solutions and claiming rights, Economic and agricultural systems: innovation and transformation, Climate change and disasters: prevention and management, Ecological awareness and environmental protection Nuwakot District 2016 January to 2020 December




Humanitarian Partnership Platform (HPP) Pilot Initiative


 Per the local disaster context Humanitarian response  and support, Immediate Response & Relief Activities to the Most Vulnerable Families Affected by Disaster pandemics other hazards Sudupashchim Province

24thFebrurary 2023 to till now




30 Transboundary Rivers of South Asia(TROSA) Establishing community-to-community linkages demonstrating good water governance, Facilitating community to community dialogue, Action research and evidence-based advocacy for regional cooperation on inclusive and equitable water governance and responsible consumption of water, Cross-country learning (capacity building training, knowledge sharing events and exchange visits for key government officials relevant to trans-boundary river governance). Drachula 2020 July to till now