Name of the Project:

Good Governance and Livelihood Project (GOAL)

Thematic Area

Livelihood, Governance, Climate Change and DRM

Project Background

The project provides communities with holistic approach to development and with rounded activities that are suitable to their setting. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable groups and communities of Dhading, Rolpa and Pyuthan districts through income generation, strengthened local governance, local level climate adaptation and disaster risk management.

Key components are:
•Micro-enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development
•Capacity Development of Civil Society Organizations
•Resiliency Enhancement through Environmental Planning and Management

The GOAL project will support to SDG 1 of No poverty, SDG 8 of Decent work and economic growth, and SDG 13 of Climate action.


Australian Government through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and ADRA Australia
Implementing Partners Rupantaran, RUDAS Nepal, FIRDO Nepal and RIMS
Budget (in USD) AUD 1,657,158 (USD 1,176,528)
Project Period (Month/Year-Month/Year) Feb 2014 – Jun 2019

Geographic area of project

Province-5: Rolpa district (Runtigadhi, Subarnawati and Lungri rural municipality), Pyuthan district (Pyuthan municipality, Sworgadwari municipality and Naubahini rural municipality)
Province-3: Dhading district

Number of Beneficiaries
8914 (direct)
37144 (indirect)

The goal of the project

To enhance resiliency of vulnerable communities through improved livelihood, strengthened leadership and sustainable environmental management in Pyuthan, Rolpa, Dhading districts of Nepal

Major Outcomes

OUTCOME 1 – Increased income of vulnerable user groups (mainly consisting of rural women who had no or very limited knowledge on running small businesses) through micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship development initiatives. It is expected by the end of the project:
• 40% of targeted beneficiaries (out of 1800 trained) initiate their own business
• 10% gradual increase of income annually of targeted beneficiaries who have initiated their own business.

OUTCOME 2 – Strengthening the capacity and competency of civil societies through leadership and management skills.

Focused on developing the leadership skills of vulnerable community through proven Result Oriented Leadership Development Program (ROLDP) approach. The beneficiaries are given training in this approach enabling them to design and develop a community project, termed as Challenge Projects which they deem important for their community. 120 Challenge Projects will be developed. It is expected that:
• 80% of 120 Challenge Projects will be completed
• The community will be able to secure 70% match funds from the government and other stakeholders
• Remaining 30% will be supplied by local community (in-kind and cash contributions).

OUTCOME 3 – Enhanced resiliency through environmental planning and management systems.

Focused on strengthening the capacity of local community in better environmental management through development of Local Adaptation Plan of Actions (LAPA), Community Based Adaptation Plan (CBAP), Community based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) as well as developing cooperatives as Resources Centres and raising climate change awareness through schools, cooperatives and day celebrations. It is expected that:
• 20% of target communities will invest in climate change adaptation interventions,
• 20% increase from the baseline of communities’ knowledge in climate change and adaptation interventions.
• 100% of target communities and 12 VDCs will have and review the CBAP and LAPA annually.