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Civil Society Initiative

Program Fees Civil Society Initiative

The term Civil Society can be defined as ‘the individual and collective efforts for the common public good,’ it is known as the ‘third sector,’ working for people, independent of government and business.  VIN seeks motivated volunteers or interns to contribute to the growth and development of civil society in marginalised communities of Nepal.

Nepal is notorious for political instability and for a want of effective leadership.  Despite becoming a Federal Democratic Repulic in 2008, successive coalition governments have failed to write an effective constitution and the country’s identity and infrastructure remain in a state of flux.

VIN’s overall objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities with a focus on women and children.  We adopt an integrated approach to development of the community, focusing on health, education, the provision of basic economic tools and a basic infrastructure.  We have been working with Jitpurphedi Community since 2007 and have recently begun foundation work with Okhaldunga, in the Everest region.  Our ultimate aim is to bring about a sustainable improvement in the quality of life, leading to independence.

VIN need confident volunteers to help to work towards that independence by strengthening the communities, bringing people together to engage in local representation and organisation.  You will help to encourage the formation of, or empower existing broad or thematic civil society organisations.  You will encourage participation in public affairs and conduct meetings or create networks to promote human rights. You will also help to strengthen these community-based organisations by providing management training to responsible representatives.

During your placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family.  This will ensure that you become immersed in Nepali language and culture and will also help you to understand how civil society and interaction take place in the community.

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