CARE Nepal identifies three primary focus areas for its current programmes:
Women’s & Girls’ empowerment has been one of the most significant focus areas. CARE Nepal looks into the economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of women’s and girls’ lives, identify the challenges and carry out programs to mitigate them and support women and girls. It has also been tracking achievements resulting from its intervention, for example, regarding the change in women’s access to resources and change in their decision making abilities.
CARE Nepal seeks to enhance the access of PVSE communities including Dalits, the landless, women and those frequently affected by natural disasters and environmental degradation to natural resources along with improving their access to basic services such as health, education and economic opportunities.
CARE Nepal engages communities on issues of inequity and justice, challenges harmful traditional beliefs and aids in raising awareness. Policy dialogue and advocacy is also an integral part of this focus area. In order to deliver relevant and lasting development results in Nepal, CARE Nepal has been designing and implementing its programmes based on the findings from its Underlying Causes of Poverty Analyses (UCPA). In the rapidly changing socio-political context of Nepal, CARE Nepal has demonstrated its capacity to adapt and consistently focus its programmes on ensuring that the rights of the PVSE population are understood, respected and addressed in positive ways. CARE’s focus in Nepal and globally is to empower women and those who systematically face discrimination due to gender, caste, class, ethnicity and geographic settlement status.CARE Nepal has collaborated with organizations including the National Forum for Women Rights Concern (NFOWRC), Federation of Community Forest User Groups (FECOFUN), Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), National Association of People Living with HIV & AIDS (PLHA) Networks (NAP+N) and Disaster Preparedness Network (DP-Net) in order to amplify people’s voice in policy dialogue. At the district and community level, CARE Nepal has worked with local NGOs, district chapters of national networks and district line agencies. In 2013, CARE implemented 21 projects and initiatives in 48 districts in collaboration with over 50 partner NGOs and hundreds of community groups.CARE Nepal is also member of the Association of International NGOs (AIN), an informal network of International NGOs operating in Nepal. It has also been involved in networks to prevent Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against women and implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.