Access to infrastructure services

Practical Action Nepal

Archive content: please note, this page refers to historic work. Read about our current work in energy and urban areas in Nepal.

In Nepal, geophysical and resource constraints coupled with ineffective governance have resulted in a failure of the public sector to provide services to the majority living in isolated rural communities. Poor people here are doubly disadvantaged with lack of services combined with inadequate access to other essential resources, goods and markets.

Practical Action is working to enhance the lives of rural poor by providing access to basic services through simple innovative solutions. The identified thematic programmes areas to help achieve this goal are:

Rural energy and transport

The Increasing Rural Productivity programme in Nepal aims to increase productivity of rural people and their access to other basic services and markets through use of complementary transport and energy systems.

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Sustainable urban environment

The Sustainable Urban Environment programme aims to improve urban environment and the livelihoods of the urban poor through promotion of sustainable waste management and, water and sanitation.

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Healthy homes

This programme aims to improve health conditions of women and children living within poor households by improving indoor air quality, access to clean household energy, household sanitation, and providing safe drinking water. Interventions focus on integrated service approach considering multiple ...

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To improve access to the basic services for rural and urban poor, Practical Action works in the renewable energy sector, complementary transport services, water and sanitation, waste management, and in promoting generally healthier living environments.

During the period 2007-12, we aimed to

  • Support 56,000 marginalised and underprivileged people living in isolated rural villages in six districts to increase their productivity (agricultural and economic) by 50 per cent and improve their access to other basic services and markets through the use of complimentary means of transport and energy provision.
  • Support 28,000 poor people living in the unmanaged and squatter settlements of five municipalities to achieve a better living environment and helped 50 per cent of them to gain alternative livelihood opportunities from involvement in waste, water and sanitation services.
  • Support 21,000 vulnerable women and children living in six districts in achieving improved health conditions as a result of creating improved indoor air quality, household sanitation, safe drinking water and clean household energy.

List of Practical Action access to infrastructure services projects in Nepal

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