The Initiative

We are a legally registered Nepali Not-For-Profit Organization co-founded by fourteen prominent Nepali citizens to build inclusiveness and climate resilience in Nepali society and economy.

Our co-founders actively participate at our periodic Governing Board meetings providing our executives with strategic directives. The Board supports the organization in its partnership and resource mobilization functions. The Board creates enabling environment for our executives to achieve organizational objectives.

Our Founder and Chairperson, Prashant Singh guides the young management team on regular basis as a mentor. 

Building an Economy that is Fair and Sustainable.

The liberal economic model followed the world over has done wonderful things for the humanity. Yet, it fell short of being fair to hundreds of millions at the bottom of the economic pyramid who were left to live in a vicious cycle of misery and poverty.

Nepal follows and is likely to follow the same widely accepted-yet- lopsided model. We, through our innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives, make the ‘markets’ work for the poor.

Finding Smart Solutions- Building all round Climate Resilience

The liberal economic model, with its sole emphasis on economic efficiency, ended up making our progress environmentally unsustainable. Climate Change is a direct result of that.

The threats of Climate Change in the Himalayas are huge and real. Nepal, sitting at the center of the Himalayas, is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. The response of Nepali society has to be significant and all round. We work with all strata of Nepali society- both rural and urban; we work with businesses, industries, consumers to develop all round climate resilience in Nepali society and economy. We work with international agencies, and global personalities from various walks to seek their support in our mission.

We design, incubate and accelerate inclusive and climate-smart initiatives and make them sustainable in partnership with variety of agencies. Once sustainable, we scale up the initiatives, and create a governance structure around them making them into thriving organizations in their own rights.

Building a large pool of Young Leaders for a better tomorrow

We recognize that the enormity of task at hand to fulfill our mission requires rightful actions and leadership much beyond the time span of a single generation. We commit ourselves whole heartedly in creating a large pool of young Nepali Leaders who would continue to steer our society and economy on a fair and sustainable path.

Transparency and Corporate Governance remain at the core of the organization. It is only by applying these measures that the monumental task on hand could be accomplished.

OPERATIONAL STANDARDS

Volunteerism: We believe in the supremacy of passion to serve the society above technical competency. We encourage volunteerism at all levels of the organization, and in all facets of our work. OurFounder works as our CEO voluntarily without taking any remuneration from the organization.

Corporate Governance: Our Governing Board, comprising of accomplished professionals from Nepal, meets regularly, discusses important agenda items, deliberates, and takes decisions for our executives to follow. The Board provides strategic directives to the executives, supports the organization in partnership and resource mobilization. It creates enabling environment for our executives to achieve organizational mission.

Transparency: We practice transparency in all facets of its work. Our website has a dedicated section on transparency where all publicly relevant legal and financial information are openly shared with public. Our office provides ourAudited Financial Statementsto any member of the public that are interested in HCI’s financial state of affairs. 

Zero Carbon and Low Cost Operations: We are committed to Zero carbon and low cost operations. Ouroverhead costs remain minimal given the volunteerism at the top as well as in our ranks, and our commitment to maintain a sleek organizational structure overall. We buycarbon offsetsannually to take care of any unavoidable carbon emission that our operations end up making.

Information Technology: Wemake use of available and affordable informational technology to the utmost in our operations. We use online social media for most of our outreach functions. We strive relentlessly to create a paper-less work environment and place-neutral work opportunities promoting online contributions. We have developed a slogan ‘Printed with Regret’ to constantly remind ourselves of the negatives of printing on paper.

Discipline on Execution: We provide our executives with clear job descriptions. Each of our executives sign a contractual performance matrix. Their annual evaluation is based on their performance against the mutually agreed matrix. We practice a 360-degree evaluation every year where executives get a chance to evaluate the effectiveness of their seniors and peers to execute the work at their hands and to fulfill the organizational mission. 

Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) is a legally registered Nepali Not-For-Profit Organization co-founded by fourteen Nepali entrepreneurs to build Nepali Society and Economy in Inclusive and Climate-Smart ways. As Board Members, all Fourteenco-founders actively participate at regular HCI Governing Board Meetings providing strategic directives, and supporting the organization in its partnership development and resource mobilization functions. 

Building an Economy that is Fair and Sustainable.

The capitalistic economic model followed the world over has done wonderful things for the humanity. Yet it fell short of being Fair to hundreds of millions at the bottom of the economic pyramid- who were left in live in a vicious cycle of misery and poverty never to share the fruits of success of the larger society. Moreover the model, with a sole emphasis on economic efficiency, ended up making our progress environmentally unsustainable.

Nepal is following and is likely to follow the same capitalistic model. We, through our innovative initiatives, get those who have already fallen or are likely to fall outside the economic prosperity benefit from the well being of Nepali society in particular and that of the world in general.

Finding Smart Solutions- Building all round Climate Resilience

The threats of Climate Change in the Himalayas are huge. Nepal, sitting at the center of the Himalayas, is one of the most Climate Change vulnerable countries in the world. The response of Nepali society, therefore, has to besizeableand all-round. HCI works with all strata of Nepali society- rural and urban communities, businesses, industries, consumers- to develop all round climate resilience in the Nepali society and economy.

We design, incubate and accelerate climate-smart initiatives and make them sustainable in partnership with variety of agencies. Once sustainable, we scales up the initiatives, and create a governance structure around them making them into thriving organizations in their own rights.

Building a pool of Young Leaders for fair and sustainable tomorrow

The founders of HCI reckon that the enormity of task at handrequires actions much beyond a single generation. We therefore commit ourselves wholeheartedly in creating a large pool of young Nepali Leaders who would continue to steer oursociety on a fair and sustainable path.

THE FOUNDING DECLARATION

We the current generation of civil society leaders gratefully recognize the colossal efforts being made at the political levels to make Nepal a peaceful and prosperous society. These efforts must be complimented by civil society initiatives that create economic opportunities and employment—all helping to build peace. To deal with today’s challenges and to benefit from the opportunities thrown open by globalization, we Nepalis must devise smart strategies and execute them well.

Building Peace is a prerequisite for Building Economy. The abundant Natural resources at the disposal of our varied ethnicities have always had a strong bearing on establishing social harmony in our country. Our Rivers and Forests have been the lifeline of our millennium old civilization. Climate Change is threatening all of that.

Examples abound the world history of societal unity in the wake of external threats to the national existence. The mammoth threat of Climate Change can take away everything we Nepalis are proud of. It transcends caste, creed and religion and has the ability to destroy our natural resources putting the nation on a path of endless violence and misery. We must fight against it. And for us to win this battle we must stand united. Let the threat of Climate Change deliver the all-needed peace dividends in our country.

Building Climate Resilience in our Economy will lead to building a prosperous Nepal. We must convert Low Carbon Development and Climate Adaptation as self-sustained ventures. The world is committed to help emerging economies like ours tackle this monstrous challenge without compromising the development needs. Let us take advantage of this global goodwill.

Globally, the consumer preferences are changing. They put a lot of value to the notion of supporting green and clean economies. The world sees Nepal as one of those exotic places where the nature is in its most pristine form. Nepal, a nation of 29 million has a close to none role in the global warming. We must play our image to our advantage bringing benefits to our society and economy.

Nepal is home to the highest peaks of the Himalayas. These great mountains are hailed as water towers of the earth—the biggest reservoir of fresh water available to mankind. They quench the thirst of billions including substantial parts of population of China and India—the world’s fastest growing economies. The Himalayas house globally significant bio-diversity and a unique cultural heritage.

The Himalayas are assets the world cannot afford to ignore. We must inspire the global citizenry to join us in our climate battle in the Himalayas. Exhibiting leadership at home, and among the Himalayan range countries will lead to recognition of Nepal as a global leader on sustainability and Climate Change.

Giving cognizance to the above, to help the country deal with the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities, we the undersigned recognize the urgent need to work with the government of Nepal, its development partners and larger civil society in a structured way.

With these intents, we are co-founding Himalayan Climate Initiative.

Signed Tuesday 1st March, 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal
Ajay B. Pradhanang | Anand Bagaria | Anil Chitrakar | Anuj Agarwal |
Dawa Steven Sherpa | Dileep Agrawal | Malvika Subba | Nakim Uddin |
Nirvana Chaudhary | Prashant Singh | Ranjit Acharya | Sanjay Golchha |
Saurabh Jyoti | Siddhant Raj Pandey

STRATEGIC VISION

Himalayan Climate Initiative believes that every nation has to choose its own path to glory. We the Nepalis must choose the path that values our traditions yet takes in its stride the progress of the modern day world. We will prevail.

The Vision

A peaceful, confident and prosperous Nepal that exhibits global leadership in governing its natural resources and harnessing its clean energy sources

The Mission

Build a climate resilient, peaceful and prosperous Nepal and to construct a civil alliance among the mountain countries across the globe to effectively advocate against Climate Change

The Method

Communication and Dialogue
Demystifying climate and development communication. Bringing hard facts to the forefront. Communicating success stories. Inspiring confidence and mutual trust. Expediting strategic dialogue among stakeholders. Connecting Missing Links. Taking the Development Agenda forward.

Partnership and Collaboration
Building on existing strength and capacity. Forge partnership within the country and outside to support the mission. Collaborate with all stake holders without prejudice. Cementing the Agenda.

Program and Projects
Developing and running exemplary programs and projects to support the mission. Exemplifying the succeful execution of pojected ideas.

CORE VALUES

Transformational: We attempt to transform the problem-situations into solutions in such a way that the former become non-existent. We take entrepreneurial route as far as practicable while devising and implementing our innovative solutions. 

Rational: We take approaches that are driven by practicalities rather than any socio-political or economic dogma. We take into account the modern-day knowledge generated across the world. Yet we also value the age-old wisdom of our societies.

Innovative: Innovation remains central to all our work- be it administrative, be it programmatic. We come up with noble yet smart initiatives to benefit communities in our countries on a regular basis.There are innovations in our work processes too.

Synergistic: We believe in the collaboration being the key to our success. We make useof the invented wheel rather than try re-inventing it. We believe social work can achieve huge efficiencies if organizations involved benefit from eachother’s strengths.