1. SEED in partnership with Action Aid Nepal (AAN), Kathmandu:
SEED organization and International Action Aid Nepal Kathmandu have worked together in partnership from 2003 to 2012 in the following areas. In the initial situation when there was a prevailing conflict in the whole kingdom of Nepal, and various violent activities like kidnapping, killing, vandalism, etc. were increasing rapidly between the kingdom and opponent’s party. Due to the kidnapping and killing of earning elderly and the main members of the family, children, the poorest of the poor people, women, indigenous groups, low caste people like Dalit, etc were badly affected in these conflicts from both sides during their operation.
Pointing these people as a target group in order to minimize their acts of vengeance from each other, to develop brotherhood among them, to maintain friendly relationship, to bring peace in the homes and villages and to re-establish their socioeconomic status and humanity we had run a project “Peace and Development Program ” with Action Aid.
In which, the conflict-affected family was given Occupational Skill Development Training, Children Scholarships, Income Generation and Women Leadership Training and for REFLECT classes friendly centers were built to run education programs. From 2005 to 2012, Good Governance and Justice Project, Women Right Project, Right to Primary Education and Local Right project were conducted.
In these programs in order to improve their socio-economic and educational status, to establish their rights and develop personality, to make their meaningful involvement, access in every areas of government even in decision making, for proper utilization and equal distribution of local resources provided by government and effective monitoring and direct involvement of citizens in projects and budget tracking, especially poor, women, children, Dalit, disables and backward groups have played vital role in monitoring and evaluation and even successful involvement in transparency and accountability programs.
As an achievement, different associations and networks are built in cooperation with communities. They are successful in finding their problems and know how to minimize and solve it in coordination and cooperation with local agencies of government and other associations. Citizen’s active participation and involvement in VDCs programs, budget and plans have been increased. Access of citizens in every service, opportunities, resources and resource implementation and equal distribution among them type of friendly environment is created available by the kingdom. They do monitoring and evaluation of local agency’s programs from the local level to know whether they are implemented or not correctly. They are fully aware of their rights and aware of others. For the overall development and rights of poor, indigenous groups, Dalits, women, and marginalized people they held various advocacy and lobby with the kingdom promoting the development of society. They are ahead in the field of health and education minimizing the superstitions. They are working as a representative member in the sector of human rights and social service in local agencies and with different forums and associations. They are helping the local agencies to bring the local project programs, budgets more transparent, accountable and public hearing through social audit up to citizens.
2. SEED in partnership with UNDP/SPDI, Kathmandu:
SEED organization in partnership with UNDP/SPDI Kathmandu had conducted a “Local Peace and Development program” from 2003 to 2004. In which, to develop economic status and build the capacity of poor, conflict-affected people, Dalits, and indigenous groups to grow income through groups, occupational training, agriculture, store shop, animal husbandry and for peace education programs were conducted.
These programs had improved their socio-economic, educational status and had developed social tolerance and cooperation among them. Even they were able to share their problems with related agencies and solve them and bring other infrastructures for social development.
As an achievement, they have developed feelings of cooperation and coordination. Improved economic status has helped to uplift the education sector. It has generated motivation and confidence. They have built capacity and unity to implement available local resources effectively and correctly.
3. SEED in partnership with DFID/CSP:
SEED organization in cooperation with DFID/CSP Nepalgunj had conducted “Income Generation and School Construction Programme for Poor’s and Conflict-affected family” from 2004 to 2005. In that program, targeting those groups in order to improve their socio-economic and educational status, animal husbandry (pig, goat), store shop, vegetable farming programs were conducted and even three-room concrete building was constructed in a primary school of Dalits at Kauwagahari in their habitats where mostly poor and conflict-affected children used to read.
After the construction of school Dalits children got continuity to school. Child scholarships have motivated students to study. Occupational income generation has improved their economic status. They have developed skills and knowledge for animal husbandry.
4. SEED in partnership with Save the Children Japan (SCJ):
SEED organization in cooperation with Save the Children Japan, Kathmandu for the conflict-affected children “Quality Education” project was conducted from 2007 to 2010. In which, access of children to school, child involvement, child-friendly school, available of educational and sports material, child scholarships, school improvement program, various capacity building trainings to teachers, pure drinking water, latrine construction, Tharu mother tongue education, school good governance, transparency and accountability, educational tours and construction of concrete buildings for school programs were conducted. Out of many schools where these programs were implemented, primary schools of Bakhariya and Gyan Jyoti were selected as the best model schools and school was able to establish good cooperation and relationship with District Education Office and School resource persons.
These schools were able to collect resources from even other VDC’s, District Education Office and Community Forest. This has helped the children to reduce their drop out and increase their access, continuity, and involvement to school and even schools were declared as friendly and education free schools.
After the construction of school poor and Dalit children got to continue school. Scholarships motivated children to study. Parents were conscious of school. Child-friendly and free school education was declared. Management systems of schools were improved. Access to women and children in school has increased. For the school’s transparency and accountability social audit is being done.
5. SEED in partnership with Ministry of Youths and Sports, Kamal Pokhari:
SEED organization in cooperation with the Ministry of Youths and Sports had conducted the “Youth Self Employment and Substantial Agriculture program” from 2009 to 2011. In that program targeting poor, jobless and opportunity lacking youths through agriculture they were empowered and trained in various fields of agriculture with new technologies and scientific methods of farming through professional agriculturist trainers.
These agriculture pieces of training were about off-season vegetable farming, Compost fertilizer, Herbal pesticides, Seed cultivation methods, layout formation for seedlings and nursery, local seeds protection and promotion where youth farmers were trained and imparted knowledge about agriculture. This has helped the youth farmers to take agriculture occupation as effective and substantial employment for them.
Youth farmers are focusing more on self-employment in the field of agriculture in their own country rather than going abroad. They have got potential and skills to farm scientifically with new technologies. They are promoting the endangered seeds and crops and the use of compost fertilizer in the agricultural farm and minimize the use of chemical fertilizers. They are spending peace and secure life with their families through self-employment.
6. SEED in partnership with CECI: World Bank
SEED in partnership with CECI is conducting the program of World Bank from April 2015 to October 2016. The program is running in 10 VDC’s of Dang district. It monitors on transparency, GESI, social accountability, and good governance. It monitors the flow of local VDC’s resources and budgets in the local sectors. It is helping in equal distribution of resources that come in the name of the poor in the VDC. It awakens the poor to fight for their rights and resources.