Strategic Framework and Results

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has experienced great changes in the past ten years, with rapid population growth, economic development, urbanization, and high rates of out-migration and consequent feminization of rural activities. In particular, the mountains have gained greater attention as hotspots of climate change. These changes pose challenges to traditional livelihood strategies and coping mechanisms. At the same time, the mountains have been increasingly recognized for the ecosystem services they provide. To respond better to the changing needs, ICIMOD revisited its Strategic Framework in 2017 with the following Strategic Results:

  1. Widespread adoption of innovations and practices developed by ICIMOD and partners to adapt to change, leading to positive impacts for women, men, and children
  2. Significant advances in the generation and use of relevant data, knowledge, and analysis.
  3. Significant advances made in approaches and knowledge that promote gender equality and inclusive development. 
  4. Significantly developed human and institutional capacity. 
  5. Policies considerably influenced by the work of ICIMOD and its partners.
  6. Enhanced regional cooperation related to sustainable mountain development.
  7. Global recognition of the importance of mountains to ensure improved and resilient livelihoods and ecosystems. 

The new Strategic Framework, prepared through extensive consultation with the regional member countries, unveils a major shift in ICIMOD's structure with the aim to facilitate interdisciplinary work. Impacts will be delivered through six Regional Programmes - Adaptation and Resilience Building, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins and Cryosphere, Atmosphere,  Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. All of these programmes will draw on the varied expertise from ICIMOD’s four Thematic Areas – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – while also integrating cross-cutting topics such as gender, governance, poverty, economic analysis, and private-sector engagement. Knowledge Management and Communication will remain core functions of the centre.

These changes are aimed to make the organization more responsive to the needs and demands of its stakeholders, partner organizations, and especially the women, men, and children of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.