VSO Nepal Secure Livelihoods Programme Area Plan 2012-2014
Increased off- and-on-farm livelihoods options and food and income security for poor and marginalised people specially women, in a way that is compatible with the environment and adapts and develops climate change resilience. Aim
Access and Control Sustainabl e practises Food Productivity Capacity and Accountability Maintain peace
Households reporting an increase in agriculture/ food production of households Households reporting an increase in disposable income Households reporting access to food with higher nutritional value (e.g. meat) # of new income- generating initiatives Retention of young men (who would ordinarily migrate) in their communities, and the impact on family well being in the hinterland; Outcome-1: Increased food productivity with improved and more diversified income
Women reporting increased number of productive resources that they have access to and control of # of property owned and controlled by women (land, house, livestock) Women reporting increased skills and confidence in their livelihood initiatives Increase number of women groups (farmer, saving credit, cooperative etc) % of women representatives in the local government bodies and meaningfully participating in various development activities. # of well established and active regional/national women livelihood networks # of meetings with policy makes on women related issues. Outcome 2: Increased access and control by poor and marginalised women over important livelihood resources, and womens rights are recognised and valued
Partners report increased management and organizational capacity to deliver livelihood services Communities have means and ways to keep local government accountable Communities report active engagement with government on issues affecting their livelihoods and communities (# of meetings) Community representatives participate in policy decision making at VDCs, district level # numbers of advocacy networks established and actively advocating with govt on livelihood issues # numbers of policies dialogue with authorities and change/effective implementation of policies. Number of campaigns launched Number of supporters (individuals and organisations) Outcome 3: Increased capacity and accountability among government and NGO service providers and greater inclusion of marginalized people in decision making related to livelihood issues.
Communities reporting an increase in use of environmentally friendly livelihood methods People reporting greater knowledge on environmental and climate change issues in post-training tests. # of people capable of and are articulating/ advocating climate change and environmental issues relevant to their communities. Outcome 4: Sustainable practises (e.g. farming) are followed and communities are able to adapt to climate change
Increase in the number of community assets and income as reported by beneficiaries Increased % of community controlled assets/property Effected communities report lower levels of conflict/dispute #of disputes / conflicts addressed or solved # of negotiation meetings held Outcome 5: Effective livelihood resources management framework is in place to maintain peace.
Reach Direct intermediate beneficiaries: 1,500 community para agriculturists/ technical assistants, extension workers (120), staff of partners, board members (80), national volunteers/ interns etc (60), members of sectoral organisation, women organisation, VDC/ district staff, committee members, forest users groups (1,240) Direct ultimate beneficiaries (services): 7,500 Poor and disadvantaged women and men particularly the Dalits, ethnic communities and disabled men and women, and girls. Direct ultimate beneficiaries (policy change) 27,000 6 strategic partners x 5 VDCs @ 900 population Indirect beneficiaries : 7,500 X 4.7= 35,000
Long Term and Short Term Volunteers Diaspora Youth Workshops, Trainings Advocacy, Campaigning (Community Actors, CA members supported by Long Term Advocacy Advisor and Pol Vols) Networking/Coordination Exchange and Study Tours Research Community Action project to develop response strategy Range of Interventions
Workshop and training to partner organizations and its beneficiaries : Civic Rights and Awareness, Organic farming, Climate change mitigation, DRR, Food habit /nutrition, Rain water harvesting IG activities (skills and managerial) training: Strengthen community groups (Micro-finance, Cooperative, Village tourism, Seed bank, entrepreneurship etc) Strengthen/establishment of networks among the stakeholders, Partners delivery livelihoods projects to communities (Small Grants) Lobbying and Advocacy: Training on rights based approach and practices, Access and control over natural resources, Rights to information, Budget analysis, Existing policies and procedures Campaign on policies issues Value Chains Research Mobilization of youth Learning and exchange visit Activities
12/1313/1414/15 Restricted Long Term Volunteer138 Short Term Volunteer Unrestricted Long Term Volunteer88 Short Term Volunteer Total Long Term Volunteer81316 Short Term Volunteer Volunteer Planning
Baseline data collection Includes annual beneficiary count Includes annual assessment against standardised quality standards Annual partnership review Annual programme area review Final programme evaluation Social audit M & E
RiskMitigating Funding Start at small scale with some pilot initiative, key and crucial programme activities supported through core funding, developing strategic and functional institutional partners those are better off in terms of resources Volunteer supply: Specific and clear placement document stating the requirement, Flexibility in arrival, logging volunteer request and placement details well in advance Security and Safety Diversify placement options, arrange alternative partners to relocate volunteers, work with national organization for placement options. Partners: Develop alternatives plan (i.e. partnership with CBOs, semi-governmental institutions or other districts where willingness, cooperation is high and so in case of impact). External funding will substitute the partner contribution for volunteer costs Working in difficult geog area Design a framework to support across programme Establish Satellite office in Mid/Far Western Region (Surkhet) Language Look for at least one English speaking counterpart with each partner Co-operation and accommodation from both sides (volunteer and partner) Take help of ICS/other Youth National Volunteers Risk and Mitigation