Our work in Nepal focuses on democracy and rights, disaster preparedness, risk reduction, & response both urban and rural, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, livelihoods- market access and value chains and access to services for vulnerable


Country Director
Marco Aviotti 

Ward No-2, Lalitpur Municipality 
GPO Box 4844 
Jhamshikhel, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 5533550
+977 1 5553505
+977 1 5524808 
+977 1 5526508
+977 9851248025

2,935,823 EUR in 2019

People in need reached
In 2019 DCA Nepal has helped more than 96,000 people

Experience in Nepal
DCA has worked in Nepal since 2008

DCA in Nepal

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in South Asia with 18.7 percent of the population living below the poverty line (Economic Survey 2018-19).  Nepal’s economy, that was slowly recovering from the decade long civil war, suffered adversely from devastating earthquake and disruption in supply situation due to obstruction in southern border points. Political instability has been a major challenge for Nepal and a major hindrance to its economic growth.

However, with the promulgation of the new constitution in September 2015, the country is heading towards stability. Nepal had local body election in May 2017 for the first time in 20 years. Nepal also held the first general election since the end of a war between the security forces and Maoist rebels and after the monarchy was abolished in 2008. 

Everyone is hopeful that new local government’ representatives will bring a ‘revolution’ in development where they have been seeing a widespread corruption for the last two decades, and the two-third majority government has brought much needed stability to the country. 

Agriculture is still the primary source of livelihood for 68 percent of the population, accounting for 34 percent of the GDP, and the country’s economy is highly dependent on the remittances sent by Nepali migrants working abroad.

DCA has been supporting development work in Nepal since 1980’s. Initially, the work was focused on traditional development fields like clean drinking water, irrigation systems and improvement of infrastructures. However, these modalities have changed over the years. We are now working mainly to improve the life and livelihoods of the most marginalized communities through a more rights-based approach.

Our focus areas are:
   •  Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance
   •  Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security
   •  Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

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DCA in Nepal

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DCA Annual Report 2020

Activities in Nepal

Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction

DCA's Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Risk Reduction programme addresses vulnerabilities in relation to predictable or recurring events to reduce the effects of disasters on people, property and the environment. In addition, it provides immediate humanitarian assistance to the people affected by conflicts and natural disasters.

As DCA is a humanitarian as well as rights- based organization, it links its humanitarian actions with long term development programmes, especially the Right to Food programme.

DCA as a part of ACT Alliance
DanChurchAid is a part of ACT Alliance and has been working for more than two decades in the South Asia region to provide humanitarian assistance in both sudden onset and slow onset disasters such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, fire and drought, and complex crises caused primarily by war and conflict.

In addition, DCA's humanitarian programme interventions are usually followed by a comprehensive DRR effort, combining food security, DRR and climate change adaptation.

An advocate for local populations
DCA, along with ACT partners in the region, advocates for local populations where core humanitarian principles and standards are not respected. DCA continuously works to strengthen stakeholders’ knowledge of sphere standards and HAP benchmarks, especially the development of complaints mechanisms, the provision of adequate information, and fostering participation of disaster and conflict-affected communities.

DCA’s humanitarian action is responding to humanitarian crises mostly through short term stand-alone projects and in many cases linking immediate response interventions to right to food, disaster risk reduction and livelihood interventions.

Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security

Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security

Nepal is the 85th most food insecure country in the world according to the global food security index. It is the 4th most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change.

Twenty-five percent of Nepal’s population live below the national poverty line of less than US$ 0.50 per day. Frequent natural disasters exacerbate food insecurity, taking their toll on livelihoods. Food prices are high, particularly in remote mountain areas.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the country. It accounts for 34% of the country’s GDP. 80% of the population and 60% of the labour force still depend on it.

However, according to WFP, over 3.5 million people face acute food insecurity.

The Mid and Far Western Region, the main geographical focus of DCA, is the most food insecure (39%) region in the country. Of them, female-headed households and subsistence farmers are the most food insecure. Declining agricultural production has depressed rural economies and increased widespread hunger and urban migration.

Guided by its Country Strategy 2017-2021 and the Sustainable Development Goals, DCA has designed its Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security Programme (RLSFS) to ensure that vulnerable people have access to appropriate livelihood choices to support themselves and their families.

Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance

Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance

Nepal is a socio culturally, geographically and economically diverse country. Imbalanced power sharing, poverty and inequality among heterogeneous groups have resulted in exclusion and marginalization of certain sections of population especially women, Dalits, youth, migrant returnees and marginalized groups. They face discrimination, their participation in governance is low, violation of their human rights are high and their capacity to claim their rights and entitlement is low. Though the Constitutional framework of Nepal guarantees equality and social justice to all citizens, its implementation is a challenge.

Guided by the Country Strategy 2017- 2021, DCA’s Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance programme will work on a range of barriers which prevents our right holders from their constitutionally guaranteed rights and facilitate for their improved access to state and non-state resources and services, justice and increase their participation and influence at decision making levels.

Read strong stories

Small support making BIG impact
The hard work was barely enough to maintain his daily needs.

Changing the Stigma of Menstruation
Nepali villages have started destroying their menstruation huts and allowing women in the house during their period

A school that makes people change their own lives
Governance Schools in Nepal are helping illiterate and women from deprives communities to understand governance structure.

Winds of Change
Villagers are receiving support to better their homes infrastructure and skill based training to earn a livelihood.

Corona in Nepal
Nepal has been hit hard by the corona crisis. DCA is helping families survive this difficult time.

App for CSEB promotion in Nepal
The Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks (CSEB) app helps entrepreneurs to reach out and inform more clients the benefits of CSEB.

COVID-19 Impact on Dalit Community
The world is suffering from COVID-19 pandemic, so is Nepal, with more than 600 deaths and 100,000 COVID-19 positive cases. The graph is increasing day to day.

Combatting Psychosocial Issues
At the day of World Mental Health Day 2020, psychosocial counseller Ram Krishna Lamsal, was busy helping the people in the quarantine centres; get rid of the stresses and anxiety, they were going through. 

Cimate friendly Bricks
The NABIN Project (New and Affordable Building Materials Promoting Sustainability in Nepal) creates new jobs 

Partners in Nepal

  • Nepal National Social Welfare Association (NNSWA)
  • Feminist Dalit Organization FEDO
  • Dalit Welfare Organization (DWO)
  • Mallika Development Organizaiton (MDO)
  • Jagaran Nepal
  • Equality Development Center (EDC) Nepal
  • Dalit Women Rights (DWRF) Nepal
  • Social Service Centre (SOSEC) Nepal, Dailekh
  • Action Nepal
  • Unification Nepal
  • Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research, and Development (LI-BIRD)
  • Informal Sector Service Center [INSEC]
  • Women Self Help Center
  • Build Up Nepal
  • Tharu Women Upliftment Center (TWUC)
  • Resource Identification and Management Society Nepal- (RIMS-Nepal) Local partner
  • Good Governance Foundation (GO GO) Technical partner
  • Nepal Society for Disabled (NSD) Specialist Organization

Donors in Nepal

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Community member asking question to studio guest

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Our global goals

Save lives
Our goal is to protect and save lives 

Build resilient communities
Our goal is to ensure sustainable development

Fight extreme inequality
Our goal is to fight political, social and environmental and economic inequality