Community Development Department (CDD), a pioneer department for implementing Community Development Programmes (CDPs) in Nepal Red Cross Society, aims to build resilient communities through diverse community-based programmes and projects.
The Community Development Department (CDD), a pioneer department for implementing Community Development Programmes (CDPs) in Nepal Red Cross Society, aims to build resilient communities through diverse community-based programmes and projects. It focuses on to enable healthy, safer and resilient living.
The ‘central community development committee’ is the governance body that facilitates and guides the process of defining the Community Development strategies and policies. ‘Policy and Procedure of Community Development Programme’ (1996). Now it is called the ‘Policy of Community Development and Resilience Programme’ (2017).
The department is known for its vital relief work in disasters and crises and remains committed to contributing to NRCS’ services. Major areas of intervention through the CDD programmes are:
- Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
- Sanitation and Hygiene (school, urban & rural)
- Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
- Public Health WASH
- Menstrual Health Management (MHM)
- Protection Gender and Inclusion (PGI)
- Risk Management (disaster & development)
- Climate Change (CC)
- Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) / Organizational Development (OD)
- Human Trafficking
- Knowledge & Learning Management (KLM)
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- Qatar Red Crescent Society
- Hong Kong Red Cross
- Austrian Red Cross
- South Korean Red Cross
- Irish Red Cross
- British Red Cross
- Finnish Red Cross
The department comprises of two division viz. ‘Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Division’ and the ‘Community Resilience (CR) Division.’
Community Resilience (CR) Division
Since its establishment, the Community Resilience Division has been guided by a clear set of humanitarian principles and values that aim to contribute effectively to build resilience. The Division endeavors to meet people’s basic needs for health, shelter, education, food, water and security; makes every effort to ensure that the social costs and benefits are fairly shared by all and inequities are eliminated; respects human rights, human dignity and local values; and ensures that non-renewable resources, biodiversity and the environment are managed responsibly.
Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Division
The WASH Division deals with drinking water and sanitation programmes with objectives of providing safe drinking water in order to bring improvements in people’s health and sanitation as well as to ensure their good health and wellbeing. NRCS has been implementing various activities under the Drinking Water Project in a number of districts from 1982 onwards and has been extending it to other districts. WASH-related interventions and initiatives have been guided by Drinking Water and Sanitation Policy (2003).
Emergency WASH and the Development WASH are the major focus areas of the Division. Sanitation and Hygiene, Safe Water Supply, Organizational Development and Capacity Building, Environmental Improvement, Food Security and Emergency WatSan are forming the major scope of the WASH program. As far as the Emergency WASH is concerned, preparedness and response in the WASH sector are prominent. Trained human resource for emergency response in the WASH sector and technical support across the department and programme are major interventions thereof. As far as the development WASH programme is concerned, the inclusive WASH programmes are being implemented in various districts, which integrate and address social and environmental issues, for example; menstrual hygiene management (MHM), disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI).
Director: Buddhi Sagar Shrestha