Sahaastitwa- Strengthening Local Cultures to Build Harmony in Nepal 2010-2013
Funded by EU
The major objective of Sahaastitwa is to contribute to social harmony and reduce intercultural harmony tensions by strengthening the culture of minority and indigenous cultural/ ethnic groups in Nepal. The project is based on five themes – encourage intercultural harmony, respect intercultural harmony, respect and enjoy each other's culture, promote the conservation of minority culture identity and respect the human rights outlined in ICESCR and the UDHR.
- Trained 102 journalists (69 female, 33 male) from print, TV and radio on cultural reporting.
- Produced and aired Radio PSAs in 13 different local languages (Awadhi, Rai, Bhojpuri, Newari, Chepang, Gurung, Limbu, Tamang, Magar, Maithali, Nepali, Sherpa and Tharu) for 18 months.
- Five skill enhancement training conducted, 125 registered their organization.
- 501 producers (80% female) benefitted through follow-up and additional skill development training on marketing and entrepreneurship.
- Producers training manual developed and distributed.
- Network between cultural producers developed.
- About 70% of general public in the target districts were informed about cultural diversity and motivated for cultural preservation.
- Sensitized, informed and motivated 692 students from 20 project districts on cultural diversity and its importance.
- 238 producers (120 indigenous, 52 Brahmin/Chettri, 40 Dalits, 17 Minority and Marginalized and 9 Muslim) exhibited their produce through five cultural fairs in different districts.
The targeted districts were Baitadi, Dadelhura, Kanchanpur, Dailekh, Surkhet, Banke, Dang, Kaski, Kapilbastu, Rupandehi, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Chitwan, Dhanusha, Taplejung, Panchthar, Khotang, Bhojpur, and Siraha
Implementing Safe Migration to Prevent Trafficking in Women 2008-2009
Funded by IAWRT/FOKUS
The goal of this project was to prevent trafficking by empowering women with information/knowledge on safe migration including their rights. The general public including women were informed through media (print, radio and TV) and IEC materials.
- Trained 21 media persons from India, Bangladesh and Nepal in reporting on trafficking issues from a rights-based perspective.
- Designed, produced and disseminated 150 copies of media guidelines handbook "Reporting Safe Migration and Trafficking" to journalists in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, to further cover safe migration and trafficking issues.
- 23 participants from the government and non-government sector enhanced their knowledge on changed framework for combating trafficking; identified gaps in the work on trafficking and recommended initiatives for a holistic approach to trafficking through national-level stakeholders’ workshop.
- Produced and aired six audio spots in three languages,
- Produced and disseminated user-friendly IEC materials on safe migration and the rights of migrants in Nepal, Bangladesh and India
The targeted districts were Makwanpur and Banke
Community Campaign in Response to HIV/AIDS- 2007
Funded by UNAIDS
The project aimed to enhance mobilization of youth for advocating on prevention of HIV/AIDS in the four project districts. Various Advocacy materials like 5,000 cloth hankies, 2,000 cloth posters, 200 Flex Banners were developed and distributed through local organizations in the districts for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS related issues.
- 22 media persons enhanced their knowledge on HIV/AIDS issues through workshop.
- 40 feature articles on HIV/AIDS produced by the journalists.
- 5,000 Cloth Hankies with informative message on HIV/AIDS were distributed.
- 2,000 Cloth Posters with key HIV/AIDS related message were designed and distributed.
- The general public including women and men increased their basic knowledge on HIV/AIDS and prevention measures and related messages.
The target districts were Achham, Kailali, Dang and Banke.
JANA AWAAZ Project: February 2007-March 2008
Funded by CIDA/CECI
The overall objective of this project is to promote people's participation particularly women and socially excluded on the Constitutional process in Nepal through developing and implementing communication strategy in 16 districts of Nepal.
- Community people, particularly women and socially excluded groups of 400 VDCs of the project districts were sensitized on democratic and constitutional issues through wide dissemination of promotional IEC materials.
- Capacity of partner networks enhanced in facilitating non-partisan debates on democracy and constitutional issues.
- Capacity of civil society organizations enhanced in communicating citizen's input to the Constitution making body.
The target districts were Banke, Bariya, Gorkha, Lamjung, Syanja, Saptari, Rautahat, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Jhapa, Parbat,Tanahu, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Dhading and Baglung.
Towards Conflict Transformation through a More Independent Media and Increased Citizen Participation 2006-2008
Funded by European Union
The overall objective of this project is to work towards a more independent media by creating a forum for high level policy advocacy for independent media, through discussions and negotiations amongst publishers, media houses, politicians, editors and journalists.
Improving the Quality and Coverage of Human Rights 2006
Funded by European Union
- 120 media journalists are being trained in balanced, non-partisan, professional reporting.
- A climate for constructive conflict transformation, reconciliation, and confidence building measures amongst the general public will be created via the airing of 48 fortnightly radio programs and the formation of radio listeners groups in the 22 districts.
- The target districts are Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Doti, Surkhet, Dailekh, Achham, Bajang, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Mugu, Argakhanchi, Kapilvastu, Palpa, Gulmi, Kaski, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Nawalparasi , Rupandehi.
The action aims at improving the quality and coverage of Human Rights issues and broadcasting Human Rights messages to remote areas of Nepal.
- 120 media personnel/managers from radio, TV and print are being educated on human rights, child rights, international humanitarian law and women rights so that they improve the quality and coverage of reporting on Human Rights.
- Coverage will also be improved by broadcasting Human Rights messages over Radio, to reach remote areas of Nepal.
- The target districts are Banke, Bardia, Dang, Jumla, Kalikot, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Ramechap, Dolakha, Siraha, Saptari, Udayapur, Khotang, Okaldunga and Solukhumbhu.
Educating Change Agents and the Public on Human Rights (ECAPHR), 2004-2007
Funded by the European Union
The project aims to achieve increased knowledge and awareness on Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) amongst the Nepali population. Over 140 persons have been readied to train a total of 5,720 people directly through 138 workshops in 14 districts (Kanchanpur, Kailali, Bardia, Banke, Dang, Kapilvastu, Rupandedhi, Nawalparasi, Bara, Parsa, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur). The general public, teachers, school children and the residents of remote regions are being reached through social mobilization and a mixed media campaign. Innovative tools like national level advocacy workshops, inter-school competitions, and national drama competitions amongst youth clubs on the topics of Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, CEDAW and the CRC are being utilized to promote knowledge on these issues among the younger generation of Nepali people.
Education and Advocacy on Sustainable Elimination of Bonded Labor, 2002-2005
Funded by International Labor Organization
This is a joint action programme between ILO/IPEC/DECLARATION and Worldview Nepal in support of HMG Ministry of Land Reforms and Management. The primary goal of this project is to raise awareness, educate, sensitize and advocate against bonded labour amongst local and national actors. The major target groups, which this initiative aims to educate are former Kamaiyas, with special focus on children, agricultural workers, landowners, employers, governmental authorities and the media at national, regional and district levels. The project is being implemented in Kanchanpur, Kailali, Bardiya, Banke, Dang, Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi districts where bonded labour is most practiced.
This action program designs produces and disseminates audio spots and radio programs, booklets, calendars, videos, street dramas and wall newspapers for public education and social mobilization.
Steps to Peace and Development, 2002-2003
Funded by UNDP Support for Peace and Development Initiatives
Worldview held workshops to find answers and solutions to the conflict, and take action at the individual level to bring the country closer to peace. Such diverse groups as internally displaced persons, children affected by violence, media, NGOs, INGOs, Government authorities, indigenous ethnic groups, and members of civil society took part in the workshop. Worldview provided a neutral forum where participants were free to express their concerns as well as present recommendations to five main stakeholders (King, Political Parties, Maoists, Civil Society and Government) in the conflict. The recommendations were distributed to key stakeholders such as high level government officials, political leaders from various parties, members of the diplomatic/expatriate community and other key persons involved in the peace process
Media reporters from over a dozen districts of the mid and far western region were trained by media experts on how to disseminate information in a balanced manner.
Participatory Communication for Democracy and Sustainable Development (PCDSD) 1995-2000
Mandate the Future (MTF) 2000-2000
Funded by Worldview International Foundation /NORAD
The PCDSD project was started with the objective to motivate, sensitize and train rural communities to contribute to, and participate effectively in the development process. Worldview Nepal created a network of over 70 Community Based Organizations and provided knowledge and skills on Participatory Communication. The issues included were Community Based Education, Health, Development, Drinking Water, Sanitation and Personal Hygiene, Forest Protection, Promotion of Environment, Energy Generation etc. Over 200 persons were trained on participatory communication techniques.
This initiative provided trainings and mobilized community communication tools and techniques like wallboard, audio tower, cable television, audio and print newsletters etc. 'Ukali Orali' audio magazine was one such programme that was widely used by audio towers and FM radio stations.
In the year 2000, the Mandate The Future Project was added to the PCDSD program to bring about a youth focused orientation. The MTF project has sought to promote information dissemination on varying issues of importance among the marginalized youth of six districts, by encouraging issue identification and debate, on problems being faced by youth. It has also sought to promote youth interaction with other similar communities by introducing computers, email and Internet to these youth circles.
Facilitating Adolescent Communication and Training for Sexual Health (FACTS) 1999-2001
Funded by Worldview International Foundation/ International Family Health
This project sought to make vulnerable youth of rural Nepal become informed decision makers by educating them on sexual and reproductive health issues. This program used a participatory approach; existing youth club structures and roundtables for learning on a traditionally sensitive topic not effectively touched upon by existing settings. Peer facilitators utilized learning packs, flip charts, posters and audio/visual tools to conduct the roundtables. The discussion Topics were Human Rights, Good Health, Reproductive System, Sexual Issues, Safer Sex, Family Planning and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The project was conducted in collaboration with International Family Health (IFH) UK. 6000 youth between 15-24 of Nuwakot and Nawalparasi have directly benefited from these roundtables.
Competence Building in Communications for Environmentally Sustainable Development: 1995 -1997
Funded by NORAD/WIF
The goal of this NORAD/WIF funded program was to improve the professional standards of television and video producers to acceptable international standards and to increase the number of highly skilled staff to enter into the growing television production market. In addition, the project aimed to promote environmental, economic and sustainable development issues as part of the training on improving television and video production standards.
Productions of Video for Preventive Health Care in Nepal
Funded by Australian Embassy
The development of a video intended to impart basic health messages aimed at reducing mortality and morbidity has been made possible through the support of WID/Australian Embassy. Good health promotion messages are developed in Nepali language for the general public via use of basic print materials, audio and audio-visual programmes. Some key topics covered include (i) benefits of birth spacing (ii) home based oral rehydration therapy (iii) the importance of personal care/hygiene and (iv) environmental sanitation.
Media Training 1981-2002
Funded by Worldview International Foundation/NORAD
Worldview has played a pioneering role in organizing training in various types of media. Worldview has in the past organized TV and video production training for organizations and individuals. Emphasis was stressed on using available resources to create international quality content, including techniques such as "one man video". Many individuals currently working in the media field, particularly in Nepal TV and other government institutions such as the agriculture department, RONAST etc were trained during the various trainings organized by Worldview. At the community level, trainings were conducted for production and use of wall newspapers, audio towers, rural newspapers and other low cost media.
Population and Aids Prevention Project: 1993 - 1995
Funded by Swedish International Development Assistance (SIDA)
With SIDA support, Worldview Nepal initiated the "Population Education and AIDS Prevention Project" (PEAP) project in a total of 5 Village Development Committees(VDCs) in two districts(Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot). The purpose was to raise the general levels of awareness on population education, and AIDS/STD prevention issues, among other health issues. These VDCs were selected on the basis of the non availability of social welfare facilities and were identified as some of the areas with a high incidence of AIDS due to affected persons returning from brothels in India and Thailand.
Nutritional Blindness Prevention Program 1990- 1993
Funded by Stromme Memorial Foundation
Nutritional Blindness Prevention Pilot Project encouraged rural people to consume more vitamin A-rich foods to prevent the blindness, provide medical help to those who have been stricken with eye problems, and develop educational media material. Such materials as training manuals, flipcharts, calendars and posters were produced and distributed to village volunteers. The materials were supplemented by videos to encourage development of school and kitchen gardens.
A total of 34 people were cured of cataracts and medicines were provided to above 400 eye patients in Mirkot and Khoplang of Gorkha located 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu.
Health Communication for Hospital Visitors
Funded by: WIF/Canadian Cooperation Mission
Two videos films on "Consequences of Population Growth on Limited Resources" and "The Advantages of a Small Family" were produced with the aim of educating the general public, especially hospital visitors on the benefits of maintaining a small family.
Social Marketing of Immunization in Nepal 1989 - 1991
Funded by WIF/UNICEF
This initiative was in support of Universal Coverage of Immunization (UCI) targeting six vaccine preventable diseases like Tuberculosis, Polio, Diphtheria, Pertusis, Tetanus and Typhoid. Expanded Programme of Immunization Division of His Majesty's Government was the counterpart agency. WIF conducted a baseline survey and designed messages based on its findings.
This initiative incorporated advocacy, programme communication and social mobilization components throughout the campaign. The media mix included audio, audio-visual, print media reinforced by localized and mobile interpersonal support. The Government of Nepal utilised some of the IEC materials produced by this project.
It was the second large-scale systematic and intensive communication intervention for child survival and development in Nepal.
Communications for Child Survival Project, 1986 -1989.
Funded by UNICEF
initiative conceptualized, designed and implemented
by WIF/N, was a nationwide multi-media communication
project for the promotion of Oral Rehydration Therapy
(ORT) in Nepal, to reduce Child Mortality by promoting
Nun Chini Pani, a home based solution in Nepal. This
project was implemented in 54 districts. Worldview played
a key role in disseminating information regarding the
home solution mix that parents needed to know in order
to make the rehydration drink correctly. A multimedia
campaign was conducted via use of posters, audio, video
and oral messages in key places in all the targets districts.
This project was successful in raising awareness of
these issues and resulted in the reduction child mortality
rate by over 20 percent. This was the first large-scale
systematic and intensive communication intervention
for child survival and development in Nepal.
The cloth was used as curtains for health posts and for a variety of other uses in rural areas. The cloth contained the words Nun Chini Pani and shows clearly the home solution mix that parents need to know in order to make the rehydration drink correctly.
Development Support Communication to Production Credit for Rural Women Projects (PCRW) 1985 -1987.
Funded by CIDA in cooperation with the Women Development Section (WDS) of the Ministry of Panchayat and Local Development
This pilot project facilitated community participation in the development process and turned "illiterate" village women into confident, articulate women, who could assess their communities needs, offer realistic recommendations and solutions to problems, and above all, follow through recommendations, to achieve development needs in their community. The various activities included training in participatory communication and Interactive video, a series of participatory workshops between policy makers and village women, video letters, public screening of development videos, assessment of community needs through video by rural women themselves, policy level advisory committee meetings and village meetings.
Communication Support for Small Farmers Development Project: 1986-1988
Funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development and Asian Development Bank
Communication support for SFDP was implemented in various districts of Nepal with the intention to generate additional income for farmers. The project was successful in generating additional income for the farmers and helped to maintain a minimum level of subsistence for small farmers in various districts of Nepal.
Production of Participatory Videos on Female Farmers
Worldview Nepal produced three video documentaries focusing on the gender issues of female farmers for the Ministry of Agriculture, Women Development Section.
Participation in Quality Tourism Promotion
Worldview Nepal produced six video documentaries to mark the 'Visit Nepal 1999' on tourism development efforts of Nepal. These videos were aired through Nepal Television as well as in various communities of the country with support from UNDP.
Effective Short Video Documentary Production Training Programme
Worldview produced short but effective video programs on alternate energy, public health, and environment issues, during the training of 130 persons, aired through Nepal Television as well as Aankhijhyal of NEFEJ. Most of the trainees are currently producing programs through major television channels. Training of female producers was the special feature of this programme.
Community Radio Related Programme
Worldview Nepal was actively involved in the establishment of Radio Sagarmatha, a Community Radio together with NEFEJ, Himal Association and Nepal Press Institute.
Documentary Production for Marginalized Communities
Worldview Nepal with assistance from Asian Development Bank and Worldview International Foundation produced 10 meaningful video documentaries as well as audio programs.
Public Awareness Documentary on HIV/AIDS
Worldview Nepal with assistance from Save the Children US produced a documentary to raise public awareness. This documentary was aired through YA*TV and Nepal Television.