Strengthening HRDs and Civil Societies for Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Discriminated Groups in Nepal                    

       FUNDED BY                        Co-funded by             Leading Organization        IMPLEMENTING ORGANIZATION   
EUROPEAN UNION               Dan Church Aid                          INSEC                                Jagaran Nepal


 Summary of the Project

Title of the Project: Strengthening HRDs and Civil Societies for Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Discriminated Groups in Nepal

Overall Objective of the Action: Contribute to protection and promotion of human rights of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) from women and PwDs (Persons with Disabilities) especially from marginalized groups

Specific Objectives:

  • Safety, security and access to justice of HRDs and victims of HRVs and abuses especially of person with disability and women promoted
  • Access to opportunities for economic empowerment of Women and PwDs especially from marginalized groups increased
  • Contributed to effective implementation of existing laws along with amending relevant policies related to the rights of HRDs, women, PwDs from marginalized groups in line with international HR standards

Location of the Action: Sunsari District (4 VDCs- Bharaul, Chandbela, Dumraha and Madheli) of Eastern Development Region

Duration of the Project: 24 months (Jan 1, 2015- Dec 31, 2016)

Total Budget: The total cost of the project is NPR 55,90,838 (Euro 50825.80)

Right Holders (RHs)

Primary Right Holders: The action’s primary right holders are 300 HRDs from women, PwDs, Dalit communities.

Secondary Right Holders: 300 victims of HRVs and abuses from vulnerable groups; 300 HHs from economically poorest and discriminated communities;   300   CSO/CBO   members   working   in   HR   issues;   and   200   officials   from   government agencies   are secondary right holders of the action.

Final Beneficiaries: Around 300,000 Community people from 3 Districts and vicinity of targeted 12 VDCs.

Strategies to implement the project

  • Capacity development of targeted groups and stakeholders
  • Economic empowerment of economically marginalized targeted households, and
  • Lobby/advocacy initiatives for HR friendly environment

Organizational Structure and the team proposed (by function) for action implementation

Position and Percentage


Key Roles and Responsibilities

Jagaran Nepal project staffs

District Project Coordinator (100%)


Overall project implementation, administering day-to-day project activities, monitoring and reporting, coordination with stakeholders, and staff management

District Admin/Finance Officer (100%)


Financial management including account keeping, timely procurements, office management, monitoring and reporting to DPC and respective IPs.

Social Mobilizers (100%)


Assist and supervise VDC level project initiatives, social mobilization of TGs and local stakeholders to access govt. services, data collection and reporting

Programme Coordinator (20%)


Technical and policy guidance to district project team on quality PCM, monitoring, coordination, reporting to INSEC, and support for national activities

Finance officer (20%)


Support for quality financial management, monitoring and reporting to INSEC

Expected Impacts of the Action

  • Technical impact
  • Economic impact
  • Social impact
  • Policy impact

Expected Results (ER), Activities to be carried out, and Key Outputs

Result 1: Improved safety and security and access to justice of HRVs including W/HRDs

  • Monitoring, documentation and dissemination of HR violation cases
  • Awareness and capacity development on national and international   laws and policies
  • Response and readdressal of HR violations cases

Key Outputs to achieve Result 1

  • 3 district levels HR Help desks (HDs) established and functional to assist the HRDs and HRVs;
  • 50 HRDs and HRVs in need access to direct assistances (legal, medical, relocation, rescue);
  • 24 cases registered and processed further at law enforcing agencies and/or judiciary;
  • 500 cases of HRVs documented and disseminated for access to justice ;
  • 12 fact-finding reports and 2 HR situation reports produced and disseminated;
  • 300 CBO/CSO members trained on HR related national/international laws and policies.

Result 2: Increased capacity and access to income generating activities, local resources along with government services and entitlements.

  • Capacity and skill development for entrepreneurship along with   assistive devices support especially for PwDs
  • Sensitization of and develop linkages with service providers and duty bearers
  • Linkage for local resources (government entitlement and services)
  • Public hearing on contemporary issues in regards to economic empowerment at VDC and district level

Key Outputs to achieve Result 2

  • 200  neediest economically  poor   HHs   from women, PwDs and   dalits  receive   market   oriented  life-skills  and out of which approx. 50% will start income generating activities;
  • 100 neediest and very vulnerable HHs receive inputs for on and off-farm income generating activities;
  • 24 neediest PwDs receive assistive devices to enable them for accessing income generating activities;
  •  Approximately 1000 officials and members from local govt., political parties, private sectors, media and CSOs sensitized in govt. programmes, policies and entitlements at VDC and district levels;
  • 600 HHs from vulnerable communities will have access and linkages to govt. entitlements, services and local resources related to food security, education and health.

Result 3: Strengthened CSO networks to pressurize government authorities for effective implementation of existing laws and policies and making them HR friendly

  • Study/review and sharing of implementation gap of existing laws and policies
  • Media mobilization- radio programs and press release
  • Networking and solidarity actions among stakeholders in regards to human rights defending
  • Partner Organization Sustainability Training (POST)

Key Outputs to achieve Result 3

  • 2 review/study reports on implementation gap of existing laws and    policies  related to (i) women/PwDs/dalit rights, and (ii) ESC rights (right to food/education/health) produced;
  • 8 episodes of radio programmes on HR and ESC rights issues, project outcomes produced and aired;
  • At least 300 officials and  members from concerned govt. authorities,   NHRC and other commissions, national HR CSOs and media sensitized for   the effective implementation of laws and policies and making them HR friendly and need of HRD protection policy;
  • 50 joint lobbying/advocacy visits with concerned government agencies and NHRC carried out by CSO networks;

Anticipated list of publications

  • 2 HR situation reports (electronic copy) disseminated widely to national/international concerned stakeholders via different means and also provided to beneficiaries as per need or on their request.
  •  2 study/review reports (2000 copies) on gaps of existing laws and policies related ESC rights
  •  Project brochure (1000 copies)
  •  Visibility stickers (200 pieces) of the action with EU and Partners logos