Community Development

SWI implements integrated community development projects (“micro projects”) in rural areas in partnership with graduated SWI students and local organizations. SWI provides technical and managerial supports to build the capacity of local organizations and its alumni. The aim of the community development is to achieve locally owned visions and goals by initiating systematic and sustainable change processes.Currently, SWI works in partnership with 21 CBOs in 14 Districts located in 6 different provinces.

Most CBOs that SWI is partnering with, are registered under the NGO Act and support local development initiatives, therefore act as local support organizations (LSOs). Their objective is to promote development in their communities by initiating new or supporting existing local groups and supporting them to implement activities. Those LSOs link community groups to government bodies; provide trainings, secure funds and coach leaders. In the frame of their partnership with SWI, the LSOs support more than 650 local groups reaching out to nearly 15.000 persons in remote rural areas.

SWI provides support to its partner organizations through

  • Awareness raising, training and technical advice by regional SWI staff and external resource persons
  • Facilitation of exchange of knowledge and experiences (person to person, group to group) by regional SWI staff
  • Financial contributions to local development activities (“Micro Projects”)

Micro Projects focus on local agriculture practices, food security, income generation and women empowerment. Activities are decided and planned by SWI partner organisations. In the exceptional cases of SWI partnerships with informal non-registered groups, the financial and legal responsibility for the implementation of Micro Projects remains with SWI.

SWI Partnerships with local organisations and groups follow a phase model. During the preparation phase, the partnership with a LSO is initiated, either by establishing linkages with an existing LSO or by initiating the creation of a new LSO. The partner organisation is trained in leadership and management issues, and a joined micro-project is elaborated. Government bodies are informed and all necessary approvals secured. A SWI graduate guides the process.

During the implementation phase, the LSO initiates and promotes local groups through providing training, technical advice, coaching on management issues, leadership development, securing scholarship for Dalit students etc. SWI staff helps the LSO whenever needed and organises regular learning events for partner LSOs and “their” groups.

During phasing out, no more new activities are being implemented with the LSOs, but the sustainability of SWI partner organisations is in the focus – strengthen leadership again, develop ideas for their further development.

Once partner organizations are phased out, they are invited to join the SWI network, attending yearly network meetings where they have occasions to exchange with other former SWI students and occasionally participate in trainings (follow up phase).

We continue with a large geographical coverage in our CD partnerships in order to be able to reach remote areas. SWI focus on the Provinces no 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 to implement community development partnerships.

Strategic Objectives in Community Development

·         Women and youth constitute consequently the main target group for all CD activities

·         Partnerships are more systematically managed with a clear entry and exit strategy, including “rolling” planning for new partnerships

·         Initiation of new partnerships exclusively through our Social Work alumni

·         Agricultural practices that are based on local resources (knowledge, skills, and technology) are in the focus

·         The role of the regional offices is strengthened by providing more trainings at local and provincial level


Program approaches: 

  • People lead development
  • Right based approach
  • Targeting to mostly vulnerable people from economically poor and socially deprived.
  • Micro project implementation through graduated SWI students

Our ongoing Projects and coverages:

Support for Training Program:

Sn. Name of project Duration Total beneficiaries Project districts Name of implementing partners
From To Families Population
Male Female Total
1 Support for Social Work Training Mar-18 Apr-21 90 45 45 90 Nepal SWI Training center, Lalitpur
2 Protection of Children and promote children's rights in Lalitpur, Kathmandu Nov-20 Oct-22 60 30 30 60 Nepal SWI Training center, Lalitpur
3 Capacity Building for CBOs Jun-18 Jul-20 3000 2000 2000 4000 Banke, Bardiya, Bajura, Jumla & Kalikot
4  Strengthening for rural self-reliance Mar-18 Apr-20 2500 1500 1500 3000 Jumla, Kanchanpur, Dailakh, Rolpa, Bardiya
5 Sustainable Livelihood and women empowerment Kailari Apr-19 May-22 1500 325 1175 1500 Kailali
6 income Generation and Women Empowerment through Cooperative in Humla District Nov-17 Dec-19 500 0 500 500 Humla Women Peace Society, Humla
7 Child Safe Guarding Project Jan-19 Dec-19 15 15 30 Nepal SWI Training Center
8 Women Empowerment Project Jan-19 Dec-20 200 0 200 200 Solu Women Cooperative


Name of Partner Organization:

S.N Name of Partner District Types of Organization Remarks
2 SAADA Kalikot NGO
3 Women Development forum Bajura NGO
4 Maigar Samudiak Sanstha Bardiya CBO
5 Janajagaran Samaj Banke CBNO
6 Trevani Development Society Banke CBNO
7 Khadkamai Cooperative Bandipur Tanahu Coop
8 Dalit women cooperative Bardiya Coop
9 KDCSS\ Hatemalo Coop Jumla NGO/COOP
10 Hatemalo community Development Organization Dailakh CBO
11 Janaekata Youth club Rolpa CBO
12 Maigar community development Organization Bardiya CBO
13 Janajagriti Bikas samaj Kanchanpur CBNO
14 Sagarmatha Mahila Sanakishan Krishi Sahakari Solukhumbu Coop
15 Samudiak Krishi Sahakari Sanstha Kailali Coop
16 Jana Chetana Mahila Saving & Credit COop Kailali Coop
17 Pragatisil Mukta Kamlari Krishi Sahakari Kailali Coop
18 Pariwartan Multi Purpose Coop Kailali Coop
19 Krishak Bhalai Cooperative Kailai Coop
20 Namuna Saving & Credit Coop Kailali


Name List of Former Partners:

No Name of Partner District Types of Organization Remarks
1 Marshyangdi Saving & Credit Coop Tanahu Coop
2 Community Development Organization Rolpa CBO
3 Shrijana samajik Udhami Women coop Rolpa Coop
4 Dipmala Women saving & credit coop Rolpa Coop
5 Janaekata Samaj Banke CBNO
6 Jana Ekata krishi coop Banke Coop
7 PEASE Nepal, Jumla Jumla NGO
8 Pargatishil Saving & credit coop Jumla Coop
9 Sahastra ling community Organaization Baitadi CBNO
10 Shivaling Women agriculture coop_ Bhumeshwar Baitadi Coop
11 Banarasi Women saving & credit coop __ gujar Baitadi Coop
12 Bhumiraj Women Saving & credit coop _ shakar Baitadi Coop
13 DWO Bardiya NGO
14 Dheblu Atmajagaran Saving & Credit COop Okhaldhunga Coop
15 Udayadev Women saving & credit coop -- Patan Baitadi Coop
16 Pargati Women Saving & credit __ Dehimandu Baitadi Coop
17 Shankar Women saving & credit coop __ Shankarpur Baitadi Coop
18 Pargatishil women saving & credit coop __ Gajari Baitadi Coop
19 Laligurash Women saving & credit Baitadi Coop