Future Scenario

SN will continue to operate along the lines of its key strategies mentioned above.   In future, it will evolve into an institution providing more know-how and show-how on sustainable development, effective strategies, effective impact monitoring and evaluation etc. Peace building and conflict transformation at the hamlet and project level will be some of the key inputs from SN. Inclusion; gender, human rights, effective citizens participation in local governance and effective governance of CBOs will be important components of SN under the label of new development issues.  The UN resolution 1325 and 1820 has heightened the issue of women, peace and resilience to gender based violence. Issues highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be an important template to harmonize the efforts of SN at the grassroots level.

SN will be designing relevant thematic programmes related to sustainable livelihood and environment.  These initiatives will attempt to address the livelihood issues. It will have close          co-relations between farmers, farming systems and natural resources management systems in rural Nepal.  Issues related to capital, market, technology, management, social capital and cooperatives will be taken up. These issues will be related with the environmental and sustainable livelihood themes. Another emerging activity will be organic farming. SN will be launching organic farming activities soon under its livelihood initiatives.  Environmental activity is one of the important interventions of SN and it will continue to work linking environment with livelihood programs.

There can be yet - a few more activities, based on natural farming and related to cash cropping and commercial farming such as agricultural seeds, flower seeds, floriculture, horticulture, mushroom farming and asparagus. Organic tea and organic cardamom can also be another promising item under this theme. Higher priced horticulture such as olive growing, avocado, pomegranate, kiwi fruits, strawberries, dried fruits such as grape resins, walnuts and pistachios of temperate and alpine varieties are also something that needs to be supported and promoted in the hills and mountain areas. Introduction, commercialization and marketing of high value Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and improved use of biomass energy will be an important area for intervention.

SN is active in lobbying and advocating the cause of the weakest sections of Nepalese society such as women, Dalits, Janajattis, persons with disabilities, disadvantaged groups and the poor.  Based on all these learning and experiences, the staff members of SN will attempt to continuously improve its performance; so that the institution and the human resources become effective, relevant and competent to respond to the ever changing and challenging context of development in Nepal. SN advocates secular approach in two important fronts, i.e political and religious non-partisanship on the part of its staff. SN staff is, therefore, required to be neutral in political and religious affairs.


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