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With an aim of changing lives and changing societies, Institutes of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal was established in early 1998 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since its establishment, following its philosophy ‘every individual has a capacity to bring change in his/her situation’ ICA Nepal is continuously working in human capacity development and hence emerged as one of the leading organizations in training and facilitation in Nepal. ICA Nepal believes that no sustainable change and development is achieved without considering existing cultural dynamics and pluralities. Thus, it is dedicated to create an environment, an opportunity of participation in building sustainable change and development.

Philosophy ICA Nepal’s activities are guided by two major philosophies namely Participation for Sustainable Development and Lifelong Learning. ICA Nepal believes in participation for development. Every group or individual should actively participate and should give the chance to participate in order to build a sustainable pattern of change and development. ICA Nepal follows the ideology of lifelong learning that is pursued throughout life. It crosses sectors, cultures and promote learning beyond traditional format and structures. We believe in developing creativity, initiative and responsiveness in people thereby enabling them to adapt uncertain changes, communicate across and within cultures and sub-cultures, and negotiate conflict. Vision ICA Nepal aims to enlarge opportunities of the disadvantaged communities enhancing individual and organisational capacity throughout the country through training, facilitation and developmental activities. Mission and Objectives ICA's mission is to promote social innovation through participation and community building. The objectives of ICA Nepal are to: • Promote a culture of participation at all levels of society; • Encourage people and groups to participate in alleviating poverty and discrimination (in access to resources, social status etc.), • Introduce the experience of other world-wide ICAs into the Nepali context, and • Provide facilitation skills to communities and organisations.

About Us

A Leading NGO for Human Development In the past 16 years, several changes occurred at local, national and global context. Nepal witnessed decade long insurgency, political upheavals and movement which replaced traditional monarchy system to republic system. During the turmoil of conflict and violence, the presence of government in the villages, local communities; civil organization like ICA Nepal played a remarkable role in making transformation. ICA worked in changing attitudes of warring factions and enhancing public participation for the revival of democracy. Through its small initiation, it has been able to reach thousands of people at various parts of countries. Since its inception, ICA Nepal is playing significant role in the country to achieve remarkable improvements in terms of people’s participation, equality, leadership and improving lives. ICA will continue this role in future and expects to bring a big impact by transforming societies. Since, 1999, ICA Nepal introduced its community development activities in ten districts of Nepal; and applied ToP method at local level in Nepal. “Dalit” (so-called untouchables) empowerment movement was started in Parbat district, which is one of the remarkable achievements of ICA Nepal. In the same year, Eva Harris of Vision Trust supported ICA Nepali for organizational strengthening activities. With the incredible support from MOFA, Japan and MISEREOR, Germany, in 2001 ICA Nepal started a comprehensive community development projects in western part of Nepal. In 2002, ICA accomplished another project “Decentralized Transformative Approaches Leadership Programme”. In the same year, a learning center was established in Changunarayan, Bhaktapur. In 2003, ICA Nepal facilitated to start ICA Bangladesh and ICA International team trained local staffs on ICA methodology. In 2004, Tatwa P. Timsina, elected as the President of ICA International. In 2005, ICA launched Social Artistry Leadership Program in Nepal. With the technical support of CIVICUS, and partial financial support of Action Aid Nepal and IDRC, ICA Nepal released “Civil Society Index”. ICA worked as a partner organization of MSH, and ADRA Nepal in Result Oriented Leadership Development Programme supported by USAID in 2006 and ICA trained 300 teachers on life skills based education. ICA implemented CSI recommendations nationally. In 2007, ICA Nepal in partnership with Global Forest Coalition launched an action research work entitle “Underlying Causes of Forest Destruction” in three districts. ICA Nepal implemented an intensive community development project in Far Western Region with the support of Poverty Alleviation Fund, Nepal. Professional Career Development Training (PCDT), a 3 months long training program was started and since 2006 ICA has successfully completed series of PCDT. 2008 is a notable year for ICA. In this year, ICA joined JHF and planned to train 5000 people on SA leadership in Nepal. In partnership with Robertson Work International Fund for Social Artistry and International Institute of Social Artistry, ICA implemented Micro Grants Support to 30 youths. In 7th Global Conference on Human Development, 2008 held in Japan, ICA Nepal proposed to host 8th Global Conference on Human Development in Nepal due to then ongoing change and development taking place in the Nepal. In 2009, ICA supported the ideas of some facilitators to start ICA Associates and in 2010 worked in developing Masters’ Level Curriculum on Training and Development. In 2011, ICA Nepal established Institute of Training and Human Development (ITHD) as a sister organization; which is registered and governed by company rule of Nepal. The only objective of establishing ITHD is to support ICA. ITHD conducts training and facilitation courses as a source of income generation. 2012 was another exciting year for ICA Nepal. ICA Nepal hosted 8th Global Conference on Human Development. The 8th Global Conference ran over 5 days from October 29 to November 2, 2012 and has included 6 major themes which range from leadership, education, peace building, building viable future planet earth to building strategies for comprehensive development and resourcing human development.


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Donation | Earthquake Relief Fund

Kathmandu along with other peripheral districts were struck by devastating earthquake last Saturday afternoon (25th April, 2015). This has caused an immense damage in already financially strapped nation. Although it is reported that the death toll is over 4500 so far (as of April 29th) it is highly likely that the number will rise exponentially as the rescue efforts have not reached to some of the worst hit areas that are largely outside Kathmandu valley. ICA team visited earthquake affected areas inside the Katmandu Valley and learned that there still are many people trapped in the debris of the fallen houses. Several heritage sites are completely or partially damaged. The continued tremors (aftershocks) could cause further casualties and loss of properties. It has been reported that the earthquake was more intense in and around Kathmandu where the population density is abnormally high. ICA has been active for almost two decades in contributing to the well- being of the disadvantaged people of Nepal through its various development activities. Additionally, it is committed to provide support to the affected people particularly during the emergencies. The Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Sushil Koirala has reiterated the need of international support to tackle this devastating cause of human tragedy. To meet the national expectation, we eagerly look forward to your support that is intended to provide relief and recovery of the affected people. You support will be utilized on disaster recovery and relief activities that include providing food, clean drinking water, fuel, shelter, hygiene and sanitation products. We will continue our presence to enable the affected people to recover from the impacts on longer term. We will update all the donors regarding the use of the support. Please Donate to
ICA Nepal
Acc. No.: 01006378902
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
Address: New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal


ICA Nepal
Kriti Marg Koteshwor (Near Balkumari Bridge)
Kathmandu Nepal
Tel. No. 977 – 1 – 460 2005
P. O. Box: 20771, Kathmandu Nepal
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