After the restoration of democracy in 2046 B.S. and the liberal economic and institutional policy of the subsequently elected government provided a favorable environment to establish non-governmental organizations in Nepal.
CRDS Nepal, a non-profit and non-governmental organization, has been actively involved in the social sector for 32 years. Established in 1992, the organization concentrates on various social transformation, good governance, and development initiatives. Initially it was established as a local NGO to work for community development activities and later it was able to get status of national NGO. Registered with the Government of Nepal, CRDS Nepal collaborates with numerous government, development, bilateral, and non-governmental agencies to implement programs empowering marginalized and vulnerable communities, including children, women, persons with disabilities, Dalit, and Indigenous people, as well as rural communities. Operating in the Sudurpaschim Province, CRDS Nepal addresses diverse social aspects and disasters through programs aligning with the policies of the Government of Nepal. These programs encompass social awareness, good governance, livelihood, disaster risk reduction, WASH, and entrepreneurship initiatives. Through its partnerships and programs, CRDS Nepal aims to contribute to Nepal’s overall development and enhance the quality of life for marginalized and vulnerable communities. Due to a lack of sufficient manpower and capacity to develop a wider development strategy CRDS Nepal worked in line with a strategy developed by partner organizations and donor organizations.
Since its inception, CRDS Nepal has worked with impoverished and marginalized individuals in rural Nepal, empowering them to meet basic needs, enhance agriculture and food security, improve health, nutrition, and WASH. The organization also focuses on livelihood improvement, constructing community-managed rural infrastructure, promoting education, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation (DRR and CCA), and building institutions. Embracing rights-based approaches to development, CRDS Nepal significantly contributes to rural empowerment and the socio-economic reconstruction process. The organization is dedicated to creating an enabling environment for building a just, equitable, peaceful, and prosperous society through the social, economic, and educational empowerment of the rural poor, particularly poor rural women, farmers, and other disadvantaged and socially oppressed strata of rural communities. In addition to implementing integrated community development programs at the grassroots level, CRDS Nepal is actively engaged in advocacy, lobbying, and networking at local and regional levels to protect and promote human rights and social justice.
In the post-conflict context of Nepal, CRDS Nepal positions itself to facilitate conflict transformation initiatives by focusing on institutionalizing democracy and peacebuilding through the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and reconciliation (RRR) process. To ensure success in this significant process, CRDS Nepal considers key aspects such as genuine people participation, gender equality and social inclusion, transparency, accountability, social justice, coordination and collaboration among stakeholders involved in the implementation process, community demand, community ownership over interventions, and sustainability as its strategies.
CRDS Nepal gained valuable experience and developed institutional capabilities through working with diverse partners and working areas indebted to all of those to bring the present status of CRDS.