RRN Central Office, Kathmandu

INTRODUCTION

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 preceding name as '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.

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 ensure success throughout this 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 500 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 800,000 households. 

RRN has been granted the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 1997. It is also accredited to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 

VISION

A world with JUSTICE, EQUALITY, PEACE and PROSPERITY for all citizens.

MISSION

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.

OBJECTIVES

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 control 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. 

CORE BELIEFS

  • The rural poor in Nepal, as elsewhere in the world, are confronted by four basic and interrelated problems signified as poverty, ignorance, disease and civic inertia.
  • Because the rural poor comprise two-thirds of the world's population in the developing world; hence, social peace is likely to always remain as an unattainable dream unless these rural poor are able to solve their basic problems and achieve a standard of living equal to that of the rest of the society.
  • The rural poor have the potential power for self-development, what they lack is the opportunity to release and develop this power.
  • The rural poor also have personal dignity and should be regarded with respect, not pity.

FOUR-FOLD APPROACH

RRN focuses all its development programmes on the four-fold approach of Rural Reconstruction as the foundation upon which its programme and project activities are based. The focus lies on the following four key building blocks:

  • Education and awareness - to combat illiteracy, and provide exposure to the outside world
  • Livelihood - to fight poverty and hunger
  • Health - to prevent disease, and promote rights to health
  • Self-Government - to overcome civic inertia through institutional development leading to self-reliance.