Activities We Conduct
NWCF conducts following activities.
NWCF’s study of water issues critically explores the underlying stresses of and challenges to management in diverse geo-physical and social context. The organization adopts a framework that encourages space for dialogue among the state, the market and critical civic movement. The framework suits the diversity of the region and will be useful in addressing emerging disputes. A key feature of this type of analysis is the synthesis of natural and social aspects of disasters. A major focus of NWCF’s research is understanding vulnerability in the face of the recurrent monsoon floods in the Himalaya -Ganga region. Natural hazards and extreme hydro-climate events occur with the particular social context of communities, and research is guided by the need to enhance the ability of these communities to adapt to these events.
Our research includes an array of subjects that range from local management to adaptation and enhancing livelihood resilience of community facing extreme climatic events. Insights from the research are made available to public through publication and dissemination. It has created interest among other agencies to analyze the development problems they face using similar approach. NWCF receives requests from various agencies to provide its research expertise to help them plan their field programs. NWCF has adapted a strategy to carryout collaborative research involving organizations with similar interest. Initially NWCF began collaborative research with few organizations. Its research activities have allowed NWCF to collaborate with more than nine organizations regionally and as many as 20 organizations at local level.
NWCF holds public lectures and interaction programs called Pani Satsang, a forum for professionals, policy practitioners, and civil society groups. Pani Satsang represents a participatory feedback loop and is a core methodological element for larger social dialogue. The forum enables analysis of institution activities, functions and position as part of the overall institutional mosaic. Such forum serves as a mechanism for dissemination of research results. The dialogue initiated in this manner is intended to inform the public through coverage in local media: vernacular and English press as well as radio and television. The approach raises the level of dialogue within civil society and begins the process of negotiation that should lead to identification and implementation of solution. It also helps to build local ownership of project results and ensue that key local details are not lost or under-emphasized in larger analysis.
Whenever an international expert comes to Kathmandu, NWCF takes advantage of the opportunity to request him/her to deliver lectures on cotemporary issues of water management. Generally, people from different walks of public life, professionals, politicians and journalists participate in the public lecture. NWCF is actively involved in global water debates; one of its approaches to participate in the dialogue is organizing international conferences. The principal investigators and the research associate of NWCF participate in national and international engagements as well.
Capacity building of young professionals
NWCF supports young professionals to acquire interdisciplinary analytical capability. They write reviews of gray literature expand their theses or field research into journal articles and monographs under rigorous supervision by senior researchers. These also get published after anonymous peer review in its journal Water Nepal. NWCF maintains also linkages with educational establishments in order to share its research findings with students and faculty members. NWCF’s researchers are visiting faculty members of universities and research institutes and act an external thesis supervisors to post graduates students in Nepal and abroad.
NWCF maintains a well-equipped library and information centre managed by trained personnel. The centre has a repository of about 6000 books and gray literature on resource management and water issues. The centre also has a substantial collection of maps, atlas, pictures, video, newspaper clipping, and broachers. The library materials has been catalogued and computerized for easy and quick access. The centre is open to all including researchers from universities and academic institution colleges, local groups and other institutions. In addition, the library has collection of workshop materials/ presentations/posters and newsletters. About 150 CDs and VCDs covering presentations and deliberations have been collected. NWCF has also made two documentaries on local water management and floods. The CDs are available for distribution. Since 1998 NWCF maintains newspaper clippings (cutting of local papers) as data base for research.
The cuttings are maintained under the following headings:
- Water Resources
- Water Drinking Water
- Disaster Risk Mitigation
- Food System
- Gender and Water Issues
- Water Quality