About Us

The origins of CDM-Nepal can be traced back to 1993, a year marked by one of the most devastating floods in Rupandehi district’s history. Witnessing the havoc caused by the disaster, a group of local development professionals came together and informally founded the “Save the Environment and Rural Development Institute (SERDI).” Later, on May 16, 2000, the organization was officially registered as CDM-Nepal to further its mission of fostering positive change and sustainable development in the region.


Our vision is to make just, equitable, peaceful, prosperous and disaster-resilient society for all citizens of Nepal.


Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families in the poorest, vulnerable, socially excluded and marginalised communities of Nepal.


  • Reduce – Contribute to substantially reduce disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries
  • IMPROVE – Improve socio-economic status of the poor, marginalized and vulnerable sections of the community by implementing risk-informed, gender-responsive and inclusive livelihood improvement, health, WASH and education programmes with a rights-based perspective
  • PARTNERSHIP – Partner with local governments and civil society organisations for programme design, implementation and evaluation
  • LEARNING – Generate learning through applied research on relevant socio-economic, climate, disaster and environmental issues and utilise learning for advocacy and also utilise for organisational development
  • GOVERNANCE – Advocate and campaign at the local, province and national levels to address the root causes of development challenges
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