New ERA's main goal is to provide an independent Nepalese perspective in the design, implementation and assessment of development policies & programs by employing a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and PRA methodologies.  
  New ERA Initiatives


1. Revolving Fund Support to Poorest of the Poor Households of Tinjure NFTP Network

In 2006, New ERA has provided a gift of Rs. 40,000 to Tinjure Hattisar NTFP network of Sankhuwasabha district for a revolving fund to be invested in running IGAs for the poorest of the poor users. A total of 50 poorest of the poor households of Tinjure Hattisar NTFP network, a federation of 10 CFUGs, have been involved in NTFP enterprise development activities. 

Reflecting the influence of this initiative on poor people's control over and benefits from a community-based NTFP network enterprise, a paper published by the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) in January 2008 (page 14-24) states:

"… The approach involved shifts in governance and management, especially regarding inclusion of marginalized people and the development of risk and uncertainty analysis. The major outcome of the network’s adoption of this approach is a redistribution of control over livelihood benefits from NTFP resources towards the 'poorest of the poor' families in the enterprise area.

Another notable change is that network members shifted from working in relative isolation to building alliances and greater interdependence, a change that helped mitigate conflicts between them regarding benefit sharing. Significant enterprise ownership and decision-making opportunities have been created for these poorer households by providing them access to revolving funds that enable them to become shareholders in the network enterprise. Furthermore, because of the learning-based collective action, this network has been able to increase its profit margin from the sale of processed NTFPs …"