Logbook: Women´s Empowerment, New Businesses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Nepal
The Learning Route “Women´s Empowerment, New Businesses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Nepal” addresses the innovative experiences in the development of second ti er network organisations (Co-operatives) supported by the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme (LFLP) and the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), in the frame of IFAD interventions in Nepal.
These experiences are demonstrating success in generating new opportunities for the rural poor to develop and diversify their livelihoods, increasing biodiversity, strengthening networking and establishing pro-rural poor Private and Public Partnerships and in mainstreaming gender. The leadership role of women in the establishment and management of Saving and Credit Groups and the involvement of Dalit, Janajati and other socially marginalised groups have been crucial; women have been increasingly empowered, mainly through their role in household decision-making and their increased role in leadership positions within communities. The formation of Savings and Credit Groups has lead to the formation of Co-operatives themselves. The establishment of Public Private Partnership targeting poverty reduction has secured communities’ access to markets and, in turn, promoted the diversiﬁcation of livelihoods.
The Learning Route’s main objective is to analyse and learn from best practi ces and successful strategies on poor rural people’s livelihoods diversiﬁcation and improvement through formation, strengthening and building of Co-operatives where women´s leadership plays a fundamental role.