Samari Utthan Sewa (SUS) is a non-government, not-for-profit social development organisation. It was founded in 2008 by a group of committed youths from Dalit community. It is registered with the District Administration Office in Chitawan district and affiliated with Social Welfare Council (SWC), Kathmandu, Nepal. Since its inception in 2008, SUS has been working with the Dalit, poor, vulnerable and other socially excluded segments of the society focusing on their basic needs and improving livelihoods, while also contributing in the process empowering them to raise their voices for the cause of human rights, particularly Dalit and women human rights.
SUS takes the privilege of contemplating Mr. Markku Voutilainen, from Finland, as its Honourable Member, for his contribution in establishing the organisation. SUS feels pride in mentioning that Mr. Voutilainen initiated and involved himself in the implementation the Uplift Project (UP) – Empowerment and Community Development project focusing on the poor and oppressed communities (Dalit and landless) of Badarjhula in Chitwan and Punarbas in Sarlahi districts from 2005 to 2007. This project, in fact, laid the foundation for the establishment of SUS. Soon after the completion of the project, with the practical experiences of working even during the conflict situation and inspiration received from such a result-based project, a team of like-minded young and creative persons including the then project staffs was formed to establish this organisation, which later took the responsibility of continuing and accomplishing the project.
VISION: A peaceful society with social justice, equality, and prosperity for its entire citizens
MISSION: SUS is committed for empowerment, dignity and holistic development of oppressed people (especially Dalit, women, squatter and marginalized people).
GOAL: SUS’s overall goal is creating an enabling environment for effective participation of oppressed people (especially Dalit, women, squatter and marginalized people) in mainstream development and governance through empowerment and effective transformation process.
CORE VALUE: Core values are the basic philosophy that determines SUS commitment to reach its target groups.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES: SUS will take into account the following six guiding principles for designing its programme and projects.
STRATEGIC APPROACHES: In order to carry out its mission, SUS will adopt the following strategic approaches to implement its programme/projects.
RIGHT BASED APPROACH: SUS takes the right-based approach to development as one of its working approaches in the implementation of development programmes. It duly adopts the principles of non-discrimination, empowerment, participation, accountability legal linkage and transparency in project cycle management. Its interventions reflect both the supply side (duty bearers) and demand-side (right holders) of governance.
PARTNERSHIP/RESOURCE SHARING: SUS works within cooperation and collaboration with diverse organizations and agencies on resource sharing basis. The partnership and collaborative action with government agencies at the local level is the priority that aims to build local capacity and institutional ownership for the replication and expansion of good development practices.
PEOPLE CENTERED: SUS focuses on the people, who are in desperate need of development support, for building and strengthening their capacities in order for them to become self-sufficient in the long run. It helps people in addressing their issues building their own capacity and turn into agents for positive change.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: SUS implements its development programmes/projects in such a way that these projects are continued by the beneficiary communities even after the project has been phased out. For sustainability of its development activities, SUS strives to make the local organisations sound, in institutional, financial and technical terms, and sustainability will be ensured through dedicated effort to work together with the beneficiaries and local level stakeholders.
RESULT BASED MANAGEMENT (RBM): SUS will employ and develop RBM as a system improving for management effectiveness and accountability at organizational level. SUS’s all processes, activities, products and services will focus on the results (i.e. actual social and economic benefits of projects and programmes) at the level of beneficiaries. In order to employ RBM, it collectively defines realistic expected results, monitor progress toward the achievement of expected results, document and integrate lessons learned into management decisions and reporting on performance.
RIGHTS HOLDERS: SUS, as a development actor was established to support the development process and improve the living condition of Dalits, squatters and most marginalized people in Nepal. Therefore, Dalit, women, children, landless people, disaster-affected people, people with disability, old aged people and ethnic minorities are its main rights holders and program beneficiaries.
CT-1: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion: SUS will mainstream GESI in its every intervention and organizational affairs, and uses GESI lens in all phases of programme cycle management.
CT-2: Human Rights and Social Justice: SUS, by its organizational attributes, engages itself in diverse issues of human rights (e.g., Dalit rights, women rights, land rights, etc.) through advocacy, campaign, and lobbying activities at all levels.
CT-3: Conflict transformation: The issues of caste discrimination and landlessness are also root causes of conflict in Nepali societies. Therefore, SUS will employ do-no-harm and conflict-sensitive approaches and contribute to conflict transformation.