Since its inception, SAHAS-Nepal has been working in the remote areas mainly focusing on the poor and socially excluded groups of the country. Our programme focuses mainly on: (a) Community development, (b) Advocacy and (c) Action-research.
The thematic activities under community development are: (i) livelihoods - agriculture, livestock, and on-farm and off-farm income generation activities, (ii) education and training – civic and human rights, awareness raising, skilled base practical trainings, (iii) institutional development - leadership development, capacity enhancement, project planning, communication, networking and alliance and documentation, (iv) disaster and relief activities, (v) infrastructure development – irrigation system, rain-water harvest, suspension bridge, drinking water scheme, collection centres, village-road, etc. (vi) health and sanitation- nutrition and (vii) climate change – education on the effects of the climate change (global warming) on their lives and livelihoods, and mitigation and adaptation strategies, building resilience and strengthening the capacity of the communities to cope with the likely adverse situation.
Advocacy activities include: organisation of conventions and mobilisation of local communities to influence the policy-making bodies for social, economic and institutional transformation for empowering the community people.
Action research includes: Making attempts to evolve and innovate, through implementation of development projects, to make a difference the quality of their life. The research follows a systematic planning process on the identified relevant issues, taking action practically and finding out the alternative solutions to make the impacts of our development projects more meaningful to the real life situation of the target communities. The key research areas include: natural research management and agriculture with a special focus on neglected crops, and biodiversity.