The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal, a country program of the LWF Department for World Service (DWS), has been working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities of Nepal since 1984 on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness and Response; Sustainable Livelihoods, and Community-led Actions for Governance and Justice. Its core commitments are Human Rights; Impartiality; Inclusion and Participation; Accountability; Gender Justice and Climate Justice; and Environmental Sustainability.
People in Nepal, living in a just society in peace and dignity, united in diversity and empowered to achieve their full potential, claim their universal rights, meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life
Inspired by God’s love for humanity, LWF Nepal responds to and challenges the causes and effects of human suffering and poverty
- Core Values
a) Dignity and Justice: Respect for the dignity of every person. LWF Nepal empowers and supports vulnerable communities in their efforts to achieve justice, human rights and a sustainable future. We address the underlying causes of poverty and exclusion and work for a more equitable distribution of power, resources and opportunities.
b) Compassion and Commitment: Care and compassion for those who are suffering. We are committed to being professional in program management and implementation.
c) Inclusion and Respect for Diversity: Respect for diversity within the communities. LWF Nepal works with and encourages diversity and respect within its workforce.
d) Transparency and Accountability: Commitment to transparency in all its motives, actions, programs, financial decisions and results. We aim to balance accountability toward affected populations, to government, partners and donors.
- Core Commitments
a) Human Rights: Human rights are at the core of all that LWF Nepal stands for, its actions and operations.
b) Impartiality: LWF Nepal assists disaster-affected people, irrespective of caste and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, race or political conviction. Assistance is provided in response and relative to need, without discrimination or favoritism.
c) Inclusion and Participation: LWF Nepal is committed to be inclusive and enable the full and equitable participation of women and men, people with disabilities, indigenous and minorities and Dalits in all programs and decision-making processes.
d) Accountability: Guided by the LWF/DWS Accountability Framework, we are committed to maintaining high levels of staff competence and professionalism, and continued affirmation and adherence to HAP Standards, SPHERE and being accountableto the populations and communities our programs assist for maintaining the highest standards.
e) Gender Justice: LWF Nepal includes gender perspectives in all aspects of its work and undertakes specific advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives to change attitudes and practices and to institutionalize gender justice.
f) Climate Justice and Environmental Sustainability: We are committed to incorporating environmental concerns into all development decisions and operations aiming at behavioral change, increased resilience and reduced vulnerability and shall apply Climate Adaptation Framework Tool across all programs.
The working approaches of LWF Nepal mentioned below are mutually reinforcing.
a) Community-based Empowerment Approach: This implies consulting the people first, in particular the poor and the oppressed, considering the impact of decisions and activities on them, and enabling them fully to participate in and own these activities.
b) Human Rights-based Approach (HRBA): HRBA aims at strengthening the capacity of duty bearers and empowering the rights holders by assisting them to acquire knowledge and skills that lead to changed attitudes, and transforming people into informed decision-makers and active citizens.
c) Integrated Program Approach: LWF Nepal accords the highest priority to those programs that are aligned with government programs and also focuses on the poor and oppressed communities. It strives to create synergy with existing programs, projects and to utilize local capacities and resources.
d) Participatory and Inclusive Approach: We develop our planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs involving rights-holder communities through participatory approach. We support local government bodies to include the poor and oppressed communities in the formal and informal institutions, and support them to develop the capacity of community members for effective participation in local bodies and institutions.
f) Climate Justice and Environmental Sustainability: We are committed to incorporating environmental concerns into all development decisions and operations aiming at behavioral change, increased resilience and reduced vulnerability and shall apply Climate Adaptation Framework Tools across all programs.
LWF Nepal at a Glance
Backstage Impressions of Namgyaling Settlement, Marpha
On their trek through Nepal, the LWF Backstage Pass group also visited the Namgyaling settlement for Tibetan refugees in Marpha.
Located in the highland area on the Thak Kola river, the area is very alike to Tibet, with cold climate and little arable land. Still it is famous for apple and apricot farming. 225 people live in the settlement. LWF is the only non-governmental organization assisting there. Their work includes infrastructural work, vocational training and capacity building. The main objective is to create sustainable livelihoods as the settlement population grows older and young people move to the cities or abroad.
It is communities like the Marpha settlement which keep Tibetan culture alive in Nepal.
6. November 2014
Photos: LWF/ C. Kästner