RAN is a non-governmental and non-profit making organization committed to overall development of the citizens of Nepal. It was established in 2066 B.S. (2009 A.D.) by a team of active youths. It is registered under Society/Organization Registration Act, 2034 B.S. at the District Administration Office of Kathmandu. It is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) and twelve districts of Nepal; namely Tanahun, Kaski, Chitwan, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Ramechhap, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Manang, Mustang, Makwanpur and Nuwakot.
The Executive Committee of RAN consists of seven women and two men represented also from Dalit, Janajati, madheshi, etc. communities. It has 53 general members inclusive of women and all marginalized communities. It functions through its central office established in Kathmandu and branch offices established in Lalitpur and Kaski districts.
RAN works to inspire and empower Nepal for fighting against social, economic, legal, political and environmental problems.
Creating justifiable and equitable access inside communities, civil societies, governmental bodies, and political parties for youths, women, and socially excluded people through social mobilization, empowerment, participation, etc.
The overall objective of RAN is to facilitate the national and international governmental and non-governmental agencies in their efforts to enhance the social, economic, political, and cultural status of people of Nepal. Its specific objectives are to:
- Design and implement capacity development programs including skills/entrepreneurship/income generation, enhancement training programs.
- Carry out action oriented research activities in various parts of the country.
- Conduct social science research on various sectors with particular focus on Right to Information (RIT), local governance, gender, and social inclusion.
- Conduct international, national, and local level seminars/workshops in various issues.
- Extend consulting services to local governments (District Development Committees, Municipalities, and Village Development Committees), line agencies, and Civil Society Organizations such as clubs, Community Based Organizations, Users Groups, and other Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Carry out advocacy and campaigns against corruption, gender based violence, violation of human rights, absence of good governance, accountability, etc.
- Publish and disseminate books, periodical, manuals, leaflets, and reports of various actives such as researches, surveys, trainings, seminars, workshops, etc.
- Organize and participate national and international exhibition/seminar/workshop/training regarding promotion of Nepalese domestic products.
RAN exercises mainly the following strategies and approaches in accomplishing its objectives/activities.
- Capacity Building: Capacity enhancement of target groups/beneficiaries; individually and institutionally, is an integral part of project/program implementation that greatly helps sustainability and scaling up of the projects/programs.
- Social Mobilization: RAN is well versed with the application of participatory tools and techniques in social mobilization under its project implementation work especially in awareness raising, peace building, and livelihood activities. PRA, PLA, REFLECT, Strength Based Approach (Appreciative Inquiry), self help group formation, and advocacy are some of the examples of such participatory tools and techniques. These tools strongly encourage the target people to assess their needs, problems, opportunities and livelihood aspects.
- Broad-based Participation: Effective involvement of Dalit, Janjati, marginalized/disadvantaged groups, and women in major decision-making including project/program planning, implementation, supervision/monitoring and impact evaluation.
- Awareness Creation and Rights based Advocacy: Increased awareness and advocacy program for the rights of Women, Dalit, Janajati, Children, and Marginalized Groups.
- Networking/Coordination and Linkages: Networking and establishment of coordination with all stakeholders including government agencies, local government, Civil Society Organizations, academic institutions, etc.
- Sensitive to gender equity and social inclusion: Non-discriminative on the rounds of religion, region, caste, gender, and political affiliation. Sensitive to maintain gender equity and ensure inclusiveness in all project/programs and recruitment employment.