December 19, 2018
CARE Nepal - Community Support Programme (CSP) - Reduce Poverty and Promote Social Inclusion

About Us

is a leading relief and development non-governmental organization fighting global poverty. In 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries, supporting 1,051 poverty-fighting projects to reach more than 122 million people. The Community Support Program (CSP) has been operational since June 2003 with the purpose of supporting the immediate needs of the poor and excluded people affected by the armed conflict in 39 districts of Far-West, Mid-West and Eastern Development Regions of Nepal with funding from Department of International Development (DFID) under UKaid. After the completion of its two phases, CSP II was extended for a period of two years from April 2012 – March 2014. Over a period of nine years, CSP has been identified as a project with many good practices.

Goal and Purpose:
The overall goal of CSP Phase II is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion in 44 districts of Mid-Western, Far-Western, Central and Eastern Regions of Nepal. The purpose of this program is to improve access to community-based development opportunities by poor and excluded people.

Outcomes of the programme:
Output 1: Improved disaster resilient basic service infrastructure and its increased access by communities, including women and girls.
Output 2: Strengthened capacity of poor and excluded communities, including women and girls, to lead social actions to claim their rights, thereby generating sustained income.
Output 3: Local government (DDC/VDC) community planning, monitoring and accountability processes significantly improved, informed by CSP good practices.
Output 4: Increased climate and natural shocks resilience of vulnerable communities including women and girls.

Nature of Activity
The activities under this programme include both construction of new facilities and renovation (retrofitting in case of buildings). Whether to build new facilities or to renovate existing ones will be determined based on the condition of any existing facility and on the proposal from the community. Alongside, capacity strengthening of community group as well as complement the government service provider and capacity enhancement of local bodies to make them accountable to the citizen through efficient planning, implementation and monitoring aspect.  

Where we Work
CARE Nepal has been managing the programme in 25 districts. The coverage of CARE managed CSP districts are Taplejung, Panchthar, Terhthum, Dhankuta, Udayapur, Okhaldhunga, Gorkha from Estern Region; Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi, Doti, Dadeldhura, Achham, Kailali in Far Western Region and Humla, Mugu, Kalikot, Jumla, Dolpa, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Rukum, Surkhet, Pyuthan if Mid Western Region.

Rationale for Target Area

 CSP phase II had focuses to work with communities that demonstrated high seasonal migration. The programme provides vocational training and other skills activity to enable youth men and women to harness better employment opportunities, either in country or abroad. The programme also continues to promote community-led social action by facilitating the process of underlying causes of poverty analysis and using its findings in amplifying the voices of the poor and contribute to good governance in their favor. Ultimately, the intent is to (a) enable communities to function in solidarity at the ‘citizen awareness centers\\\' (CAC) to claim their rights, and to carry out local development activities;  and  (b) hold government accountable through proper planning,  participatory monitoring at community level.

Most of the districts selected fall behind in the human development index and are severely affected by the conflict and its aftermath. Even in the districts that do not rank low in human development index, there are communities that lack access to basic services and are poor and deprived; where the support extended so far are insufficient; where there is gap between service demand and service provisions. In all proposed districts women are poorer and are socially excluded because of gender discrimination. There is evidence that access to basic services by the poor and excluded, particularly women is much lower than other groups. Access to health services, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities is poor among people living in poverty pockets of remote and rural areas. Users Committees and other community groups functioning at the village level are still not fully inclusive. Duty bearers largely represent the higher socio-economic population. The representation of the poor and excluded in the role of service providers is extremely inadequate due to their lack of access to education, extreme poverty and inadequate participation at the decision making level etc.

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