We’re working with 15 communities in Nepal to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • The inclusion of communities most at risk in assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of government led risk reduction activities and programmes needs to be institutionalised
  • Development programmes and projects need to consider the disaster, ecosystem degradation and climate risks faced by communities, in order to holistically build resilience at the local level
  • There is an urgent need to address the underlying vulnerabilities of communities most at risk – especially access to information and resources for risk reduction activities

Surveys undertaken in Nepal

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Nepal were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 5,122 random households, 151 civil society organisations, 152 local government representatives, and undertook 78 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised these risk areas:

  • Province 1 and 2
  • Province 3
  • Province 4 and 5
  • Province 6 and 7

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Kamal Rural Municipality Ward 1, Udayapurgadhi Rural Municipality Ward 5, Khumbupasang Rural Municipality Ward 1, Triyuga Municipality Ward 11, Lalitpur Metropolitan city Ward 12, Chandragiri Municipality Ward 3, Changunaryan Municipality Ward 8, Kalinchok Rural Municipality Ward 1, Gandaki Rural Municipality Ward 2, Vyas Municipality Ward 5, Galyang Municipality Ward 1, Chaukune Rural Municipality Ward 10, Chandannath Municipality Ward 9, Birendranagar Municipality Ward 10, Sinja Rural Municipality Ward 2.

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Construction of facilities to address water and sanitation issues, for example, the construction of open toilet walls, water supply connections to households, and construction of dams 
  • Structural mitigation measurements for land risk management
  • Structural measures carried out for disaster preparedness such as construction of evacuation roads

Impact of activities

  • Water scarcity issues were resolved at the community level with the support of the local government
  • Sanitation behaviour of the communities improved
  • Landslide risk will have less impact on the lives and livelihoods of the communities

Unlocking local government collaboration for disaster risk reduction

Chappan, Nepal is nestled between two rivers – Chappan River to the north and Baruwa River to the south-west. Although strategically located, Chappan is dry as a desert, and had no irrigation facility, solely relying on local rivers for water.

Nawa Prabhat, a Views from the Frontline (VFL) partner and Chappan community members agreed to construct an underground well on the Chappan Riverbank to respond to the community’s pressing water needs using VFL seed funding.

To further scale up the project, the community requested the community ward office and municipality for additional funds with the community contributing towards the project through voluntary labour. 

What started as a Chappan community disaster reduction activity costing just 100,000 Nepali Rupees has now grown into a million-rupees irrigation scheme through the co-operation and coordination of the ward chair, community leaders, community members, and CSOs. 

Our project partners in Nepal

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • National Society for Earthquake Technology

Partner organisations

  • Nawa Prabhat
  • Friends Service Council Nepal
  • Fulvari Integrated Rural Development Organisation
  • Forum for Awareness and Youth Activity

View all data from Nepal

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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Photo credit

Photo by Suraj Shakya on Unsplash.