Action Research

SEARCH-NEPAL's (SN's) action research serves as: (a) contextualizing our development interventions;  (b) building capacity growth of our stakeholders, (c) learning for improved action through knowledge management and institutional memory, and (d) directly helping the community members meet their immediate development needs. SN embraces an empowerment approach utilizing community mobilization and capacitating them to plan, self monitor and evaluate their own small scale self-help development projects based on self-reliance. At its strongest, SN's initiatives serve as public hearings to promote pluralistic democracy, good governance, participation and ownership.  Regular, structured social auditing (citizens monitoring), furthermore, ensures that service providers and duty bearers, i.e. public services, public institutions, I/NGOs and political parties affirm their pledges. Such impetuses at the grassroots level ensures a participative process; strengthening transparency, accountability, corruption free space and effective governance - leading to stable democracy and peace in the community and the nation.

Community analysis, mobilization and empowerment (based on rights based approach and advocacy for positive action) characterize SN's action research in the field. Nepal is rich in terms of biodiversity, environment and socio-cultural heritage, nevertheless, it is economically and materially still a poor country. Thus, efforts are geared towards providing basic services from various multi-stakeholder development institutions.  SN strives to network and provide these services by linking synergistic actions from various development actors such as the government, non-government and funding partners.  The applied research and practical action pursued by SN results in generating valuable experience and knowledge. The institutional memory and knowledge, generated through micro level projects, find expression in shaping policy, building capacity and creating awareness for public education at the wider macro level. SN’s strategic priorities and practical actions are focused towards the following agendas.
i.  Community Organization and Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihood Development:  Empower the disadvantaged, promote greater control over their lives and livelihoods and reduce their poverty through facilitating effective and responsive sustainable development initiatives. These include strengthend management of the natural resources found around the villages ensuring, inter alia, food security, jobs and income.

ii.  NGO-CBO  Strengthening and Capacity Building:  Capacity Strengthening of NGOs, CBOs and their umbrella networks through effective facilitation in order to respond to advocacy for positive action and meeting genuine development challenges.

iii.  Advocacy and Networking: Empowerment of the poor, vulnerable and marginalised communities in the area of poverty reduction,  human rights, peace building & reconciliation at community, local, district and national level.

iv.  Sustainable Environmental Development: Environmental issues related with livelihood programmes, forest products, climate change, and low carbon emissions at local and national level are pursued.   Engineered wood products (EWP), as second generations forest management regimes and strengthening of alternative energy production through clean energy such as biomass, bio-diesel, solar, wind and co-generation of clean and green energy for electricty are encouraged.

v. Gender Mainstreaming and Inclusion: Community organization and development through SEARCH-Nepal and partner organisations (NGOs, CBOs) embodies including women, youth, children, senior citizens, indigenous nationalities, ethnic minorities as well as  Dalits and communities in difficult circumstances.

vi. Development of Economic Opportunities
: These include value chain building, value chain analysis, providing know-how and advise to community members, farmers associations, community forest user groups and other functional groups especially women's group for greater value addition and link to market, raw material, production processes and financial services.

vii. Youth Education: Providing youth with educational opportunities by carrying out small scale merit based scholarship support on individual basis.



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