Sustainable agriculture with bazaar for advancing the livelihoods of conflict-affected poor people (SABAL)
Practical Action has organised three inception meetings in the district headquarters of Doti, Kailali and Achham to ensure the smooth implementation of SABAL project with the participation of implementing partner organisations. Concerned line agencies and stakeholders have agreed to integrate their programme with SABAL project and the project's target VDCs has endorsed the district level meetings. CDO, LDO, political party leaders and representatives of government organisations and I/NGOs have provided valuable suggestions for the successful implementation and completion of the project.
To raise awareness on programme thematic issue on 'Peace and Reconciliation,' the project has initiated 18 street theatre performances in Kailali, Achham and Doti. Local communities, including conflict victims, ex Maoist cadres and security personnel of Nepal government have observed the street drama. These street has theatre managed to increase the community's awareness on conflict related issues and has helped people understand their role in peace building process as well as in creating social harmony and cooperation for sustainable peace. These interventions have been focused on a behaviour change communication model and is part of the larger BCC campaign of the project which includes psycho-social counselling, BCC materials, group meetings and development of local conflict mediators.
Community Peace Centre
To effectively facilitate the implementation of SABAL project, 26 VDC level CPC have been formed in all programme VDCs (ten in Achham, eight in Doti and eight in Kailali) during the first quarter. These CPC will provide basic services at the local level such as mediation of local conflicts and will work with the project to develop a sense of mutual respect and tolerance for one another amongst the project beneficiaries. The CPC members are aware of their role and responsibilities and have committed to support the project activities and assist in the development process. As part of the long-term approach, CPC members will be trained as local conflict mediators and will play a pivotal role in creating communal harmony beyond the scope of the project.
Aim 2: Market and livelihoods programme is currently in the process of establishing and expanding market and livelihood programme in Nepal. The main purpose of the market and livelihood programme is to make market work for the rural poor with the ultimate objective of reducing poverty. In order to build on the existing programme, AIM 2 completed four major studies. The Situational and Policy Analysis, was focused on understanding the overall situation and policy issues and provided in-depth insights on some of the key policy constraints on agriculture and livestock sectors. The Sub Sector Analysis Studies and scoping studies focused on understanding the market systems and channels along with the key opportunities and constraints within selected sub sectors - namely agriculture, livestock and NTFPs. Each of these studies seeks to identify the core issues behind the critical market failures due to the conflict situation and assesses the current post conflict market situation. It is expected that by understanding the post conflict market situation of various market chains in major sub sectors the AIM team will be able to develop long term programmes to enhance livelihoods of the small producers with improved access to sustainable market.