Partner Agencies

NFIWUAN (National Federation of Irrigation Water Users Nepal) was legally established in 1999. It is an autonomous umbrella institution of irrigation water users. It works for the benefit of Nepal\'s irrigators. So far, NFIWUAN has established district level chapters in 66 districts, and it has affiliated to about 2139 irrigation water user’s committee of the country.

nec (Nepal Engineering College) was established in 1994 as a non-profit institution under private sector initiative. The foundation of nec was laid by few visionary Nepalese professionals and academicians who realized the need of an institution serving the technical education needs of the country for accelerated economic growth, reaching to wider section of Nepalese students and making the quality technical education accessible and affordable to the masses.

nec is committed to retaining its long earned reputation of “an institution with concerns for quality and academic freedom”. Since its inception, it has been constantly engaged in designing, upgrading and standardizing the academic curricula and offering Bachelor and Masters level courses in engineering, technology and allied disciplines. All the Bachelor level courses are underway at main campus at Changunarayan and Masters level courses at nec - Center for Postgraduate Studies at Pulchowk in Lalitpur. Bachelor level courses are conducted in Civil Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil and Rural Engineering and Bachelor in Architecture. Similarly, Masters level courses are conducted in Construction Management (CM), Natural Resources Management (NRM), Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Transportation Engineering and Management. (http://www.nec.edu.np/)

FMIST (Farmer Managed Irrigation System Promotion Trust) is a non-profit non-partisan non-governmental professional organization. It is established to recognize and promote the national heritage of FMIS. In Nepal, farming communities have been managing and using water as common property resources for many years. Their efforts have been significantly contributing to the socio-economic well being and political stability of the country. FMIS represent a sustained pattern of organizations that are essentially autonomous. Indigenous operational strengths of FMIS provide a basic hope for the sustainable management and development of the nation\'s natural resources wherein water is the most precious resource of all.

Despite the country\'s national FMIS heritage, there are no dedicated institutional means to recognize the FMIS that have been surviving in the face of all sort of social, organizational, economic, technical and environmental challenges. No self-initiated and systemic institutional support exists to facilitate these FMIS to develop their comparative capacity vis-à-vis the challenges. Besides this, these FMIS have largely remained incommunicative to the global community. Such a situation has constrained the FMIS from evolving into a competitive socio-economic entity. There is, therefore, a clear need to conserve and preserve such a national heritage in the form of FMIS as competitive functional institutions in the diverse socio-economic and geographical setting of Nepal. The Trust intends to realize its objectives by instituting a Trust Fund in order to annually award the best performing FMIS, conduct training programs, sponsor applied research, share experience and undertake national and international networking and partnership activities. (http://cmsnepal.org/fmis/index.html)

DOI (Department of Irrigation) is the sole organization of the Government of Nepal with the mandate for planning, developing, maintaining, operating, managing and monitoring different modes of environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable irrigation and drainage systems in Nepal. It oversees a large range of irrigation systems ranging from small to larger scale surface systems and from individual to community groundwater schemes. Its ultimate aim is to provide year round irrigation facilities and increase the irrigable area of the country to higher limits.

IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations collectively known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It is a non-profit organization with a staff of 350 and offices in over 10 countries across Asia and Africa and Headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
IWMI, the then International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI) first began its activities in Nepal in 1986 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with His Majesty\'s Government of Nepal, now the Government of Nepal and funding from the Ford Foundation. Pioneering research in Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems (FMIS) and Agency Managed Irrigation Systems (AMIS) was carried out in Nepal by IWMI which showed that FMIS were outperforming systems managed by central agencies, and that they paved the way for irrigation management reform more oriented towards farmer participation and empowerment in the operation and maintenance (O&M) of public irrigation schemes
IWMI\'s Mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and the environment. Please see http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/.

JVS (Jalsrot Vikas Sanstha) is a non-profit, non-government, non-political and professional organization and is incorporated under Association Registration Act 2034 with the following preamble:

§  Water resource development and its conservation have not yet been pursued in an appropriate manner in most part of the world.

§  Nepal is endowed with water resources.

§  Water from Nepal flows to India and Bangladesh and has a regional dimension.

§  There is immense potential for the development of water resources and it can be used for the economic upliftment of the whole region.

§  Water resource has not been utilized as per the need of the people despite the possibility of its development for overall benefit of the society.

§  The pace of water resource development is slow due to suspicion among partners for development, unavailability of fund and lack of knowledge about the possible benefit from it.

§  Due to lack of farsighted vision, policy and action plan this sector has been sidelined depriving the people of this region from its benefits.

§  Water resources development and management has been a challenge to all professionals associated with this sector.

Global Water Partnership (GPW) was established in August 1996 to interpret and bring into practices these internationally recognized principles. IWRM is a major means to move towards the GWP goal. In the context of Nepal\'s underutilized water potential, there is a clear need for networking and developing local, national, intra-regional, regional, inter-regional and international partnership to promote and help utilize the resource through IWRM. Nepal Water Partnership (NWP), under the network of GWP, has been initiated to promote networking in water resources and promote IWRM. The members of NWP have consensually decided to designate JVS as the host institution for NWP. This decision was guided by the concerns of sustainability and the significant networking characteristic of the country water partnership. (http://www.jvs-nwp.org.np/)

LILI (Local Infrastructure for Livelihood Improvement) was conceived in 2003 by Helvetas Nepal launching a “build-up phase” in 2004. Under bi-lateral agreements between the Governments of Nepal and Switzerland, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)/Helvetas funded a first implementation phase in 2006 followed by a second four year phase in 2009.

LILI’s main aspiration is to improve food security and income by providing better access to water for irrigation to poor farmers with predominantly marginal landholding in selected food deficit areas in Nepal’s central-eastern and mid- & far-western Regions.

Project Goal:
Improved food security of small farmers in the rural areas of Achham, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Khotang Districts.

LILI interventions are designed to achieve quick impacts for higher levels of income derived from increased agricultural production and cropping intensity and diversity and marketing of cash crops. LILI’s Impact Statement is that approximately 80% farmers associated with supported irrigation schemes will attain more than 6 months food sufficiency and their on-farm income will be increased by 50%.

LILI expects to achieve two outcomes or operational objectives that are associated with two main areas of LILI support: 1) delivery of physical irrigation infrastructures, and 2) provision of quality and timely services associated with use of infrastructure delivered. Achievement of these outcomes will contribute to the realisation of the overall goal of the project. (http://www3.helvetas.ch/nepal/wEnglish/projects/LILI/)

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