Community Rural Development society-Nepal(CRDS-Nepal) founded in 1992, registered in district administration office Darchula one of the most remote district of Nepal to participate in community devlopment process as non profitable organization. At present, it is a consortium of 11 members. The early focus was on improving infrastructure in remote areas and agriculture extension activities as partner organization of District Agriculture Development Office. Today, its programs are wide ranging and promote equitable and sustainable livelihood in rural area of Nepal. The programs include: improving people’s access to food, health, education, economic opportunities, natural resources and safe environment; promoting governance, peace and disaster risk reduction; and strengthening the ability of the poor and marginalized to exercise their rights and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
CRDS Nepal works through both formal and informal collaboration at multiple levels: with local NGOs, CBOs, government agencies, communities, civil society groups, federations, networks and private sector. CRDS Nepal is currently working in partnership with community level local CBOs, different networks and a range of community groups. Partnership with local institutions is an important means of increasing the reach and sustainability of CRDS programs, while increasing the institutional capacity of CBOs. CRDS’s collaboration with government line agencies ensures that it’s programs complement local level plans and policies.
Today, CRDS Nepal operates in 41 VDCs of remote part of Darchula Districts & far western development region through 7 community development programs. Now It has expanded its working area throughout Nepal. National level programs are being coordinated by central office established in kathmandu.
It is one of the pioneering NGOs that have adopted the Participatory Approach in working with marginalized families and communities in delivering developmental programs in Darchula district of Nepal.