Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) is a Nepali non-government, not for profit, social development organisation, initially set up as a small organisation in 1989 by a group of graduates of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) with its initial name of ‘Grassroots Institute for Training and Services-Nepal’ (GRITS-Nepal). By subscribing to the basic principles of the International Rural Reconstruction Movement, GRITS-Nepal was renamed and officially registered in 1993 as Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN). With the passage of time, RRN has been able to expand itself into one of the fastest growing NGOs in the country together with its diverse development programmes covering vast geographical area and population.
RRN enjoys the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 1997 and is also accredited to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Currently, it is hosting the Sub-Regional Secretariat of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), the Regional Secretariat of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), and the International Secretariat of LDC Watch.
Since its inception, RRN has been working with the poor and marginalised people in rural Nepal to empower them in the process of meeting their basic needs, improving livelihoods and building their own institutions. It substantially contributes to rural people’s empowerment and socio-economic reconstruction process, by embracing the rights-based approaches to development. RRN is also committed to creating an enabling environment for building a just, equitable, peaceful and prosperous society through social, economic and political empowerment of the rural poor, particularly the poor rural women, peasants, landless people and other disadvantaged and socially oppressed strata of Nepalese society. Therefore, besides implementing integrated community development programmes at grassroots, it is also extensively engaged in advocacy, lobbying and networking at local, national and international levels to protect and promote human rights and social justice.
In the post-conflict context of Nepal, RRN has positioned itself to facilitate conflict transformation initiatives by adopting the approach that strongly focuses on institutionalising democracy and peace-building through reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation – RRR process. In order to successfully embark on such a significant process, RRN considers the following key aspects – people’s genuine participation, gender equality and social inclusion, transparency, accountability, social justice, coordination and collaboration, community’s demand, and community ownership over the interventions and sustainability as its strategies. RRN, with over 400 staffs and volunteers, has been able to successfully implement diverse community development programmes and projects in several districts of the country; covering the Mountain, Hills and Lowlands (Tarai) ecological zones. It is estimated that these programmes have benefited over 600,000 households.
A world with JUSTICE, EQUALITY, PEACE and PROSPERITY for all citizens.
To improve the lives of the poorest rural people, particularly rural women, peasants, landless people and other disadvantaged and socially oppressed strata of Nepalese society by providing them opportunities for their socio-economic empowerment.
RRN subscribes to the philosophy and principles of the International Rural Reconstruction Movement, which are encapsulated in its credo. The rural poor have the potential power for self-development and should be given opportunities to release and develop this power. The rural poor also have personal dignity and should be regarded with respect not pity.
RRN adopts the following broad objectives to fulfil its strategies:
- Implement development programmes with a rights-based perspective to improve the socio-economic status of the poor, oppressed, and vulnerable groups in rural areas and arrest accelerating natural resource degradation.
- Conduct action-oriented research on relevant socio-economic and environmental issues and utilise the learning within its development programmes and campaigns.
- Publish people-oriented educational, advocacy, and development publications for the rural poor, field workers, and others involved in rural development.
- Campaign at the local, national, and international levels on the root causes of poverty, human rights violations, and key development issues.
RRN embraces a two-pronged approach for its development intervention: (i) Working with peasant people by implementing integrated community development projects and action-oriented research focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable people/groups in rural areas and (ii) Policy research, advocacy, campaign and lobbying at the local, national, and international levels on the root causes of poverty; the problems of the resource poor; and social, economic, and cultural rights; and the right to development and environmental degradation.
It also works on impacting development activities like emergency relief, rehabilitation, rural infrastructure, life skill development, group savings and credit programmes among others. In recent times, RRN has also focused on conflict-affected areas pursuing a ‘conflict-sensitive development’ approach to create an environment for peace-building and for the overall development of affected people.