Annual Reports

Since its early years in Nepal, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation has taken a role as an innovator. It attempts to address problems and challenges faced by right-holders and duty bearers with innovative approaches and technologies. In these innovations HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation tries to foster more efficiency, more effectiveness, better cost-benefit ratio or just a better accepted way of doing something.
At this stage most of the targets should have been met and are therefore reported for the entire Country Strategy period 2011 to 2015. It is with great satisfaction that most of the set targets can be reported to be achieved. All indicators - with the exception of the indicators on direct access to water sources, reduced vulnerability from the negative impacts of climate change, gainful employment to disadvantaged groups and gender and social inclusion related indicators in user groups supported by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation - have been fully accomplished. Thanks to the great efforts of the entire team and additional resources being made available over the strategy period, many of the targets have been exceeded, some of them in order of magnitude. The great achievements on sanitation can further be explained by the concerted efforts and strategic push of the Government of Nepal in reaching the respective Millennium Development Goals. 
Some of the quantitative achievements for the entire strategy period:
  • More than 105,000 women and men have access to sanitary facilities; a total of 39,034 people, 49 per cent women, gained direct access to drinking water. 
  • About 340,000 women and men from 67,000 households received additional income due to support in marketing of their agricultural produce. 67 per cent of these were disadvantaged.
  • 23,960 landless, land-poor and severely flood-affected farming households have benefitted from riverbed farming.
  • More than 2.9 million women and men have benefited from 1,289 newly built trail bridges.
  • Approximately 72,000 youths were trained, out of which around 54,000 or 75 per cent were gainfully employed. 51 per cent of these youths were women.
  • Around 220,000 potential migrants and returnees had access to in-depth information about protection from deception and fraud and benefitted from counselling and training sessions on safer migration. 
  • 261 village development committees have prepared their village development periodic plans with the active involvement of women. 
It was anticipated that all HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation civil society partner organisations would implement a gender and social inclusion policy. However, at the end of the strategy period only 74 per cent of the partners reported to have such a policy. At the group level, only 81 per cent of the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation supported groups had at least 33 per cent women membership or at least one representative from discriminated groups in leading positions.
In terms of reducing the vulnerability of women and men to the negative impacts of climate change, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal did not reach the set target of 4,500 women and men; it only reached 955 men and 1,528 women. The change in the minimum wage from NPR 3,000 to NPR 4,600 had an impact on the number of people that could be counted as gainfully employed therefore resulting in reduction in gainful employment for the targeted 80 per cent to the achieved 74 per cent.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
7,154 people including 50 per cent women and 63 per cent disadvantaged, gained access to safe drinking water

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
The emergency operations supported in total about 15,000 households with the distribution of different standard and gender responsive relief materials