Winrock International Nepal


Winrock International is a non-profit organization with its headquarter based in Arkansas, USA, with a global network of 65 countries spanning Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Winrock Nepal is committed to building human capacity, creating long-term relationships, managing effectively, communicating openly and promoting teamwork in order to create lasting solutions based on good science and sound economics. We match innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resource management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of rural communities in order to catalyze long term productivity, equity and responsible resource management. Our mission is to help the poor and disadvantaged.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Suman Dhakal
Secondary Contact

Address GPO Box. No. 1312

Phone 977-1-4467087
Fax 977-1-4476109
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Winrock International Nepal's initiatives are focused mainly within Nepal at present. In almost 3 decades of working experience in Nepal, Winrock International has periodically shifted program focus to address the current needs of the country. Keeping with Winrock International's global mission: 'To work with people to build a better world by increasing agricultural productivity and rural development while protecting the environment', the present day Winrock Nepal conducts activities to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment under the following programs: Agriculture; Clean Energy; Farmer to Farmer; Leadership Development; and Forestry & Natural Resource Management.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Carbon Finance
Renewable Energy
Small Business
Countries of Operation: India

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Social/cultural barriers is one of the main barriers in shifting to improved and cleaner fuels and technologies in Nepal. Winrock Nepal has interest in awareness raising among all stakeholders and conducting social marketing to overcome such barriers.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Increasing financing in clean energy is one major focus of the Clean Energy Group of Winrock International Nepal. Winrock is now working with the government and other national level household energy programs to mobilize micro-finance institutions to provide credit for rural energy technologies.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

National level programs on biogas and improved cooking stoves have developed standardization for biogas and improved cooking stoves. However, there is a need to diversify and develop standards for other types of improved cooking stoves to meet the demand of peri/urban areas and Winrock Nepal hopes to contribute to this activitiy in partnership with the government and other related organizations.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Monitoring of indoor air pollution levels with and without intervention is one key area where Winrock Nepal attempts to get involved in the coming years. However, focus will be given to partnering with the government, and other related organizations to maximize the use of limited resources and avoide duplication.

Relevant Publications or Studies

Status Report for Nepal on Household Energy, Indoor Air Pollution and Health

Our Contribution to the Partnership

Winrock International Nepal is an active member and contributed significantly to formalize the initiatives taken by Practical Action Nepal to establish Indoor Air Pollution and Health Forum - Nepal. Winrock Nepal is active in creating awareness in all sectors through presentations in different forums, meetings, awareness campaigns, etc. We would like to continue our efforts to make this important but so far neglected issue of indoor air pollution more visible. We would share our experience and skills in promoting cleaner fuels and more efficient technologies to all concerned. We give high priority to form partnerships with other like minded institutions to contribute to this sector.