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.
is an employee-owned, non_profit research organisation specialising in
policy-driven research, technical assistance, technology transfer and
training for development in Nepal. New ERA was founded in 1971 to
articulate Nepali aspirations in the development process with the
mission to provide an independent Nepali perspective in the
construction, implementation and assessment of development policy and
programmes. Employing a wide range of quantitative and qualitative
methodologies, New ERA's professional staff work closely with government
and development partners to realise the aspirations and development
goals of Nepali people in the fields such as reproductive health, child
health, nutrition, health policy, health system design and
strengthening, drinking water and sanitation, agriculture,
monitoring and evaluation,
gender and development,
communication, population and migration, education, rural development,
environment and forestry, tourism, and training.
As a matter of policy, New ERA reinvests
all its operational income into upgrading the institution and conducting
further research for implementing development projects aiming to
alleviate rural poverty.
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, one of the first non-governmental research institutions in Nepal,
founded by a group of Peace Corps Volunteers and Nepalese educators to
provide research support for the implementation of the National Education
System Plan for 1971-76. Thoroughly committed to the goal of helping
assure the highest possible standard of education for Nepal, New ERA as a
matter of policy adopted two strategies. First, it aimed to develop itself
as an independent educational research and development institution.
Second, it aimed to serve as a support agency to technical assistance
programs and foreign scholars.
Notwithstanding its critical exclusive focus on
education, the scope of New ERA's research activities quickly broadened to
include other aspects of national development. By mid-1970s, New ERA was
involved in projects concerning rural and human resources development,
communications and women development. Later half of the 1970s saw New ERA
engaged in training (language and culture) for foreign technical and
volunteer agencies such as the American Peace Corps and in the
implementation of Semester Abroad Program for American college students.
In early 1980s New ERA's activities expanded to newer
fields like agriculture, livestock, horticulture, communications, drinking
water and sanitation, forestry, environment, gender issues, human
resources, migration and resettlement, population and family planning,
health and nutrition, rural development and technology, socio-economics
In the beginning New ERA's projects were designed,
negotiated and carried out jointly by the Nepalese and Americans. As New
ERA got more organized with Nepalese attaining Capabilities of directing
the activities, expatriate participation was gradually phased out. It
eventually ended in 1977. Although New ERA was run entirely by a team of
Nepalese professionals, it was only in 1981 that it became a Nepalese
organization in the real sense of the term.