The British Council, in partnership with two national NGOs, is implementing European Union supported grant project. - Ensuring Rights through Skills and Voice (ERSV). The project is being implemented from January 2015 to June 2017 in Siraha and Gorkha districts. The two implementing partner NGOs - Association of Dalit Women Advancement of Nepal (ADWAN) and Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO) have been implementing project’s activities in Gorkha and Siraha districts respectively.
Overall goal of the project is to contribute to combating the discrimination of the Dalit population, and to promote their access to economic, social and political rights. Its specific objectives are: to increase the participation of Dalit women (some disabled) in economic activities, and to build capacity of Community groups, including Dalit CSOs and CBOs to actively promote the economic, social and political rights of Dalit Women in Gorkha and Siraha districts of Nepal.
The project has 2 major components:
- Access to Skills - The activities and outputs of component I includes skills training program to Dalit Women, entrepreneurship development training programme and follow up employment linkage activities.
- Access to Voice - The activities and outputs of Component II of the project includes training programs on selected Social Accountability (SA) tools (participatory budgeting, public hearing and community score card), advocacy skills training programme and pilot program for SA tool implementation.
ERSVP is focusing its activities in five Village Development Committees (VDCs) and two Municipalities in Siraha and six VDCs in Gorkha district. The target VDCs and Municipalities in Siraha district are:
- Siraha and
Similarly, the target VDCs in Gorkha are:
- Manakamana, and
ERSVP Field Offices
The project has its field office in Lahan, Siraha, Kurintar and Gorkha. There is a project management office at British Council, Kathmandu to facilitate the planning, implementation and monitoring of project program through field offices and coordinating with different stakeholders at central level.
The project has recently carried out needs assessment and baseline assessment to collect required information for commencing skill training, social accountability training. ERSVP is planning to start vocational skill training in Siraha district from 3rd week of June 2015. Due to effects of major earthquake in April 2015, skill and social accountability training in Gorkha district has been postponed until November 2015. However, awareness raising on objectives and activities of the project, against caste and gender based discriminations, and empowering beneficiaries to increase their access to the services and opportunities offered by the government and non-government agencies working at local level are being continued in both districts.
ERSVP is committed to develop cooperation and collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, CBOs committed to uplift the quality of life of Dalit population in Gorkha and Siraha districts.
We would like to request all beneficiaries living in our project catchment area to take active participation in ERSVP activities and take maximum benefits from the project. Likewise, we would also urge all political parties, CSOs, teachers, local people to have positive cooperation with ERSVP and its field staff for implementing project activities to support transformation of marginalized people of Nepal.
For further details please contact:
|Badri Prasad Tiwari||Rejindra Dangal, DPC||Sailesh Kumar Gupta, DPC|
Project Manager, ERSVP
British Council, Kathmandu
|ERSVP Field Office, Kurintar, Gorkha||ERSVP Field Office, Lahan, Siraha|