About Us

Sahakarmi Samaj (SS) in 1997 AD was formed to promote self-sustainability approach by facilitating the disadvantage and marginalized communities to be empowered by helping them being self reliable and inter-dependent. The whole initiation of SS is targeted to make their equal access in inclusive and well governed society. SS believes on collective action and hence as a consequence of its' interventions the targeted communities are focused on providing benefits through participation in Community Groups (CG) and networking organizations(MCs & CBNOs) formed by the initiation of SS. These groups and networking organizations is the forum for enabling marginalised people to advance their interests by engaging in collective action to increase access to resources and to influence local government planning processes, so that they could identify the better way to access local resources for their own sustainability.

SS is being recognised to be the leading exponent of the FEST (Facilitation for Empowerment and Social Transformation) process-led approach for the community development in Nepal, which was originally developed in the early 1900s by the Surkhet project,a pioneering community empowerment initiative in which a number of the current SS staffs were involved. The FEST approach enables the community groups and institutions, as well as local government, to work towards a more just and interdependent society through critically-informed collaborative action. The approach aimed to help disadvantaged and marginalised people to combat fatalism and to bring about sustainable, justice-oriented change through community-based organisations that support participatory analysis, planned collective action, resource optimisation and mobilisation and constructive engagement with government and non-government agencies. Hence, the approach focused to reduce the external donor dependency and facilitate communities/CBOs to optimise and mobilise local and external resources in order to achieve their goals and provide support for capacity development in local government institutions to enhance them to make more responsive and accountable toward marginalised citizens

SS has replicated this approach in different areas over the past 20 years by itself and has delivered this approach to other NGOs and INGOs as well. At this point of time, around 20 CBNOs including around 1,000 CGs having 25,000 community people as members are working together to address the issues of community using this approach. Hence, the outcomes and impacts of this process lead communities towards long-term sustainability, which enable them to take active initiation and maintain ongoing development. SS has maintaining its current learning partnership with the CBOs/CBNOs and encourages them to affiliate with the National CBO Federation for their sustainability as well as to strengthen their influence at the national level after being formalized.

 

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