At the restoration of democracy in 1990 the youth of Nepal were passionate and hopeful about the development of society. From this vision a community institution emerged that aimed to empower people to overcome disadvantage through effective management, utilization of resources and education. In 1991 Community Self-Reliance Centre (CSRC) was born and officially registered as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1993. Initially CSRC supported local people in one remote district in Nepal. The focus was non-formal education, group mobilization, post-literacy income generation and capacity development. From these actions CSRC became aware of the structural causes of poverty and its links to land issues. As a result, CSRC chose to focus their efforts on addressing the bigger issue of land reform. This began a national movement, with the aim of securing land rights through pro-poor land and agrarian reform.
Land for land poor farmers and their secure livelihoods.
Level of food sufficiency, level of participation and mobility, level of social status, quality of shelter, level of family income, level of education, level of health.
Simplicity and respect: CSRC believes in simple lifestyle of its members, leaders and staff in their personal and professional lives. CSRC is firmly guided by the principle of mutual respect and valuing each individual equally regardless of gender, class, ethnicity, race, religion or any other dimension.
CSRC strongly believes that every problem has a great solution. Therefore, CSRC does not glorify problems; rather, it strives for advancing alternatives.
CSRC strongly internalizes the significance of people's struggle for their betterment through non-violent means.
Results and Quality:
CSRC justifies its existence only when there are definite and tangible results with assured quality that the intended people can realize. CSRC is guided with the notion of highest possible quality of results as part of its accountability.
CSRC has inspired empathy with people whose fundamental rights have been denied curtailing their capacity to live a dignified life.
CSRC desires to see an egalitarian society with happy people. CSRC sees many structural barriers for people living in poverty and injustice. Therefore, CSRC takes the side of these people firmly to support their cause and mission of being prosperous and dignified citizens.
CSRC believes that self-reliance is fundamental for an individual, family, society and country to lead the sustainable development process. Thus, CSRC strives to become self-reliant in all its behaviors and actions.
Sustainable land use:
CSRC strongly believes that people love the land and environment, and are therefore the best architects to conserve and protect natural resources. They have the wisdom, knowledge and skills to develop and enjoy the benefits of the land in a sustainable way.
Commitment to the promotion and protection of 'all human rights for all'
CSRC believes in the interdependence and universality of all rights and is committed to advancing the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all- women, men and the third gender of all age groups as well as persons with disabilities- without discrimination on any grounds.
CSRC recognizes and respects pluralism and diversity of all ethnic, caste, religious and cultural groups engaged in the land and agrarian rights movement.
Inclusion of people from all socio-cultural walks of life in the processes and decision making structures of the land and agrarian rights movement is central to its success and the realization of land and agrarian rights.
In the struggle for attainment of land and agrarian rights, the movement is committed to adapt non-violent means of protest and expression. The movement relies on building a peaceful social movement as a means to achieve sustainable outcomes.
CSRC believes that fulfilling the aim of a transparent and accountable land administration cannot be realized without commitment to strictly adhere to the principles of Institutional Good Governance.
CSRC is committed to the fundamental principles of democratic practices. The movement strictly reinforces these principles at all levels and during the planning, implementation and monitoring of all activities.
CSRC adheres to the promotion of gender equality between men, women and third gender in all activities implemented to further the land and agrarian rights movement, including in the ownership and control of land.