• 8th Global Conference

    on Human Development

    Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2012

    Conference Link


    “I had a great time working with the ICA Nepal tech team.  Consisting of staff & volunteers, they worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly.  From late night wiring sessions to early morning projector setups and everything in between I could not be more proud of the work that we were able to accomplish.” Lloyd Philbrook, Taiwan 

  • "Thank you for a wonderful experience at the ICA Global Conference.  The topics were essential areas for us to focus on for the future of our planet.  I met both new and old colleagues, all eager to make a contribution.  I complement the team for weave such a rich tapestry of dialogue, reflection and commitment.  Well done!", Janet Sanders, PEOPLEnergy, Canada 


Kushendra B. Mahat
Executive Director
Babar Mahal, Kathmandu,

Contact: + 977-01-4224145
Fax: + 977-4220450

Welcome to ICA
>>Welcome to ICA

Welcome to ICA


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.


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The Institute of Cultural Affairs – Nepal (ICA-N) started working in Nepal from 1996 and was formally established in March 1998 in Kathmandu as an autonomous, non-governmental organisation registered with the Government of Nepal and Social Welfare Council, Nepal.

Globally, the Institute of Cultural Affairs has over five decades of experience of building human capacities through participation, training and facilitation activities and setting up community development programmes. ICA is concerned with the 'human factor in development', strengthening human capabilities in the public, NGO and private sectors.

Since its formal establishment in 1998, ICA-N has grown rapidly, focusing on research, training, facilitation and community development activities. As a strategy, ICA’s basic concern is on participation based activities which focus on building human capacities across the cultures, regions and genders. 

ICA's mission is to promote social innovation by enhancing participation and community building. ICA Nepal aims to promote a culture of participation at all levels of the society, encourage people and groups to participate in alleviating poverty and discrimination, introduce the experience of other world-wide ICAs into the Nepali context, and empower communities and organizations through facilitation skills.


ICA Nepal aims to enlarge opportunities of the disadvantaged communities and ordinary people in Nepal enhancing individual and organisational capacity through training, facilitation and human developmental activities.