Our Story

Vision: ICA Nepal aims to enlarge opportunities of the disadvantaged communities enhancing individual and organizational capacity throughout the country through training, facilitation and developmental activities.

Mission and Objective: ICA’s mission is to promote social innovation through participation and community building. The objectives of ICA Nepal are to :

  • Promote a culture of participation at all levels of society;
  • Encourage people and group to participate in promoting culture and tourism alleviating poverty and discrimination (in access to resources, social status etc.)
  • Introduce the experience of other world-wide ICAs and other partners into the Nepali context, and
  • Provide facilitation skills to communicate and organizations.


We have been a Leading NGO for Human Development for the past 25 years, during which time, several changes have occurred in the local, national and global context. Nepal witnessed a decade long insurgency, political upheavals and movement which replaced the traditional monarchy system with a republic.

During the turmoil of conflict and violence, the presence of government in the villages, local communities; civil organizations like ICA Nepal played a remarkable role in making the transformation. ICA worked in changing attitudes of warring factions and enhancing public participation for the revival of democracy. Through this small beginning, it has been able to reach thousands of people in various parts of the country.

Since its inception, ICA Nepal has been playing a significant role in the country to achieve remarkable improvements in terms of people’s participation, equality, leadership and improving lives. ICA will continue this role in the future and expects to make a big impact by transforming societies.

Since, 1999, ICA Nepal introduced its community development activities in ten districts of Nepal; and applied the ToP method at the local level in Nepal. ‘Dalit’, (so-called untouchables), empowerment movement was started in the Parbat district, which is one of the remarkable achievements of ICA Nepal. In the same year, Eva Harris of Vision Trust supported ICA Nepal for organizational strengthening activities, with incredible support from MOFA, Japan and MISEREOR, Germany.

  • In 1996: ICA ToP Training in Nepal by ICA Malaysia, Dr. Tatwa P. Timsina founding chairperson attended several ICA training in Begium
  • In 1997: Formed a group of people in Nepal and trained on ICA methods. The team was allowed to start ICA in Nepal by ICA International
  • In 1998:  ICA Nepal formally established in Kathmandu, conducted first ToP Trainers’ Training in Nepal
  • In 1999: Community Development Activities initiated in five districts of Nepal, Dalit Empowerment in Parbat. Eva Harries of Vision Trust supports ICA Nepal for organizational strengthening. ICA Nepal started participatory strategic planning activities in various villages in Jhapa district.
  • In 2000: ICA Nepal started working in 10 districts of Nepal
  • In 2001: ICA Nepal started a comprehensive community development project in the western part of Nepal.
  • In 2002: ICA Nepal accomplished another project, Decentralized Transformative Approaches Leadership Programme. In the same year, a learning center was established in Changunarayan, Bhaktapur.
  • In 2003: ICA Nepal trains people in Bangladesh and facilitated establishing ICA Bangladesh
  • In 2004: Tatwa P. Timsina, was elected as the President of ICA International.
  • In 2005: ICA Nepal launched the Social Artistry Leadership Program in Nepal. With the technical support of CIVICUS, and the partial financial support of Action Aid Nepal and IDRC, ICA Nepal released Civil Society Index.
  • In 2006: ICA Nepal worked as a partner organization of MSH and ADRA Nepal, in the Result Oriented Leadership Development Programme supported by USAID, and ICA trained 300 teachers on life skills-based education. ICA implemented CSI recommendations nationally.
  • In 2007: ICA Nepal, in partnership with the Global Forest Coalition, launched an action research work entitled Underlying Causes of Forest Destruction in three districts. ICA Nepal also implemented an intensive community development project in the Far Western Region with the support of the Poverty Alleviation Fund, Nepal. Professional Career Development Training (PCDT), a 3-month long training program was started and since 2006, ICA Nepal has successfully completed a series of PCDT.
  • In 2008: ICA Nepal joined JHF and planned to train 5000 people on SA leadership in Nepal. This was in partnership with the Robertson Work International Fund for Social Artistry and the International Institute of Social Artistry and implemented Micro Grants Support to 30 youths. During the 7th Global Conference on Human Development in 2008, that was held in Japan, ICA Nepal proposed to host the 8th Global Conference on Human Development in Nepal, due to the then-ongoing change and development taking place in Nepal.
  • In 2009: Social Artistry Cultural Lab; ICA supported the ideas of some facilitators to start: ICA Associates.
  • In 2010:  Masters Level Curriculum on Training and Development.; Conducted 6 months long Diploma Course on Training Development and produced 30 skilled trainers and facilitators on ICA Methodology. Initiated Centre of Excellence for PhD Studies and facilitated more than 250 PhD scholars.
  • In 2011: Global Conference Coordination Meeting held in Nepal and other countries. Conducted series of training courses for government, non-government organizations, and corporate houses. Continued the community development projects in Bhaktapur, Parbat, and Kathmandu.
  • In 2012: ICA Nepal hosted the 8th Global Conference on Human Development. The 8th Global Conference ran over 5 days from October 29 to November 2, 2012, and included 6 major themes which ranged from leadership, education, peacebuilding, building viable future planet earth, to building strategies for comprehensive development and resourcing human development. International training on Meetings That Works by Bill Staples from ICA Canada, Social Artistry Leadership Training by Jean Houston Foundation conducted.
  • In 2013:  Carried out Community Development Projects.
  • In 2014: ICA started working for supporting local NGOs, initiated fundraising programs through NGO support program, works for Physically Challenged People.
  • In 2015: Intensively works in relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction after the massive earthquake in April and May 2015, Builds houses for 25 physically disabled people (Disabled Service Centre) at Goldhugna village with the support of ICA Australia, Jean Houston Foundation and many other individual donors.
  • In 2016: ICA Japan gets the status of INGO in Nepal. ICA Nepal reconstructs damaged Women and Children Learning Centre with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Japan, Washi Arts and Embassy of Japan through ICA Japan. Launches Reproductive Health and Sanitation Unit and initiated Menstruation Hygiene Management Program started Low-Cost Sanitary Mniking Unit in Changunarayan.
  • In 2017: ICA Nepal starts Joint Initiative for Entrepreneurship Development through Rubber Plantation and Promotion in Nepal; initiates Agro-Tourism in Nepal , starts Local Level Development Initiative with new perspectives; ICA’s Asia Pacific Regional Meeting held in Kathmandu; Conducts first international seminar on Agro-Tourism in Kathmandu in Nepal
  • In 2018: ICA Nepal completes 20 glorious years
  • In 2019: Constructs Community Training Centre at Karkitar Sindhupalchowk with ICA Japan
  • In 2021: Fundraising for NGO (FFN) and Social Artistry project  launched in Nepal.