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.
In 2016 Nepal continued its transition towards a federal state and to recover from the impacts of the 2015 Earthquake. Remittances remain of vital importance for the country’s economy despite the overall slight decline in the number of migrants. Attempts to commercialize agriculture and to improve the investment climate in Nepal have been initiated this year.
The celebration of 60 years of HELVETAS’s engagement in Nepal, the first year of the new Country Strategy 2016 – 2020 and the induction of two new mandated projects were at the centre of attention this year. The operationalization of strategy demanded additional efforts of the country team and will need further fine tuning and project-to-programme transition management in near future. Three Programme strategies were prepared and started implementation. Two Programmes continued with the implementation of pilot activities together with the large earthquake reconstruction initiatives. One Programme benefits from a number of large mandated projects and will elaborate ways of increased collaboration and synergy amongst these projects within 2017.
Despite these organizational changes, a total of 565,163 women and 727,382 men were engaged in a variety of activities in 2016. Two new Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and one Swiss Solidarity funded mandates started implementation this year, while two smaller initiatives were completed.
HELVETAS approaches and good practices continued to be recognized in different sectors within the organisation, the country and beyond. Several approaches were included in government policies, notably skills training for reconstruction, water use master planning, and unpaid care work. For the latter, HELVETAS Nepal has been awarded with the latest innovation award of the organisation. Efforts to work increasingly at the systemic level have shown impact with sustained private sector growth in a number of market sectors including charcoal, skilling, banana and medicinal and aromatic herbs. Efforts to provide technical assistance in different areas of excellence notably trail bridge, coffee, apprenticeship training, have been continued. More intra-organisational collaboration between the different projects has resulted in efficiency gains and knowledge exchange, thanks largely to the new programme structure.
In 2016 there were efforts towards strengthening quality implementation with increased focus on capacity development, networking, improved monitoring, evaluation and learning, which will require continued attention in the years to come. Different administrative and financial manuals have been adapted to the new strategy and will be rolled out in near future. Acquisition efforts focussed on diversification of the donor base, which was overall successful with the partnerships with two new donors and the extension of existing partnerships.
Some of the quantitative achievements in 2016:
  • 10,266 people got direct access to water from newly built or rehabilitated source.
  • 211,644 people attended event or course on civic rights.
  • 448,458 people belonging to the disadvantaged group and 402,167 women benefited from the 426 new or repaired trail bridges
  • 42,032 people reached by sustainable agriculture activities.
  • 5,782 apprentices and students have successfully completed a vocational education or training.
  • 29,719 people have carried out activities to improve their adaptive capacities to climate change or reduce disaster risk

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Annual Reports : Country Strategy period 2011 to 2015

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448,458 people belonging to the disadvantaged group and 402,167 women benefited from the 426 new or repaired trail bridges in 2016

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