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.  
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Introduction

New ERA 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. 

Goal

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.

Origin and Development

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 and tourism.

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.