After ten years of its establishment as a charity organisation in the United Kingdom, ActionAid started working in Nepal in 1982. Based on the learning from its engagement in various sectors at various levels from grassroots to international AAN has evolved through various changes on approaches and working modalities in its 33 years journey of the fight against poverty and injustice. Starting from charity-based work in the 1980s to improve the basic living conditions of the poorest people, AAN has now adopted a human rights-based approach with an aim to enhance the capacity of the poor and excluded people to claim and exercise their rights to live a dignified life. Our approach reaffirms the role of popular struggles, social justice movements, popular actions, community-based organizations and people’s organizations for rights conscientisation and transformation of unequal power relations.
Equitable Actions To End Poverty is ActionAid International Nepal's fourth country strategy paper, setting out our politics, purpose, priorities and accountabilities from 2012 to 2017. It builds on the lessons we learned from the last strategy period, and is primarily informed by an external review, peer review and internal taking stock by staff members. Staff members and partners’ critical reviews of and reflections on our programmes and organisational systems in various forums, especially the Participatory review and reflection process, also informed this strategy. Our national board of governance developed an overarching framework for the strategy using future visioning.
- Ensure improved livelihoods and build disaster resilient communities by enabling people living in poverty and marginalised people to claim productive resources.
- Facilitate political advancement of people living in poverty and marginalised people to hold duty bearers to account, develop propositions for national development strategies and deepen democracy.
- Engage with women and girls to build their active agency to challenge and take actions against all forms of discrimination and injustice against their body, sexuality and unequal burden of work.
- Support all children to attain quality education in a safe and equitable environment.
Our values are:
- mutual respect and humility, requiring us to recognise the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity, and recognising that we are part of the wider alliance against poverty and injustice
- equity and justice, requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion
- honesty and transparency, being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgments and communications with others
- solidarity with the poor, powerless and excluded will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty and injustice
- courage of conviction, requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure – in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty
- independence,from any religious or party-political affiliation
- gender sensitivity, requiring us to be sensitive towards women within and outside the organisation.
We Adopt a human rights based approach as our overarching framework to fight poverty, injustice and inequality and believe the state is the primary duty bearer for the dignity and well-being of human beings.
Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)
ActionAid International Nepal’s approach towards eradicating poverty and injustice has evolved from its experience of almost three decades of work with poor and excluded people. The Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) is central to our fight against poverty and injustice, and the empowerment of people to claim and exercise their rights. In order for people to enjoy their rights, they need to understand and be empowered to claim them, with the solidarity and support of others. Policies and practices need to change along with attitudes and behavior. The HRBA emphasizes the ability of poor and excluded people to ask questions, claim rights, make decisions and hold institutions to account. It reaffirms the role of popular struggles, social justice movements and civil society actions for rights conscientiousness and transformation of unequal power relations.
“A Nepal without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity.”
“To work with people living in poverty and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice in Nepal”
Poverty is a denial and violation of human rights stemming from a historical process of exclusion and injustice. It is a complex, dynamic and multifaceted phenomena associated with social constructs such as gender, caste, ethnicity, location, physical ability and class.
We work with
Women, Dalits, Highly Excluded Indigenous People and People Living in Poverty