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HI-GRID project and GEDSI Orientation




Hotel Vinayak, Bardibas, Mahottari District, Nepal

Date & Time

03 September 2023 to 04 September 2023

About the event

We are organising an inception workshop for our project “Building capabilities for green, climate resilient, and inclusive development in the Lower Koshi River Basin (HI-GRID).” The meeting will familiarise our implementing partners – local NGOs and 28 municipalities offices in the lower Koshi Basin – with the project activities. The meeting will inform the participants on the project activities and requirements and explore synergies among the partners for cross-learning and out scaling, where possible.



The workshop aims to enhance collaboration, promote learning, and strengthen the implementation of the project through cross-learning. The objectives of the inception workshop are to:

  • Introduce the HI-GRID project and co-design implementation plan, and explore opportunities for scaling
  • Orientation on Gender Equity, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) framework and discuss its importance in the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Raise awareness on promoting inclusion with special focus on disability among participants



The HI-GRID project in the Lower Koshi River Basin (LKRB) aims to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to the impacts of climate change, particularly in the context of water risks arising from both too much and too little water. The LKRB is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with projections indicating an increase in both temperature and precipitation in the coming decades. An increasing population lives in the vulnerable areas of LKRB where urbanisation and floodplain encroachment are adding pressure to the fresh water and ecosystem of the region apart from increasing the vulnerability of communities to floods.

To address these challenges, the project takes a comprehensive approach that addresses both hazards and vulnerabilities, while also empowering local governments to take action. This includes devising solutions using a GEDSI framework and strengthening the capability of local governments to address the challenge caused by too much and too little water. The project aims to promote pathways towards green, sustainable, and inclusive development by ensuring that vulnerable communities are more resilient to climate, environmental, and socio-economic risks and have access to new and alternative livelihood opportunities.

The project approach aligns well with the Government of Nepal’s wider green, resilient, and inclusive development (GRID) framework and also contributes to Nepal’s commitments made at COP26, its National Adaptation Plan, and to its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), which all prioritise protecting the population from climate change, making progress towards net-zero, and promoting green jobs.



All timings are in Nepal Standard Time (NST)

Facilitated by CDAFN

Time Programme
Session 1: Project overview and objectives
8:00–9:00 Registration
9:00–9:10  Welcome by CDAFN

Followed by national anthem

9:10–9:20 Workshop objectives and agenda – Vijay Khadgi, Flood Preparedness and Early Warning Analyst, ICIMOD
9:20–9:40 Remarks key government representatives (4 representatives – 5 min each)
9:40–10:00 Remarks and ICIMOD’s Strategy 2030 and MTAPV – Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Action Area Coordinator, AA-A, ICIMOD
10:00–10:30 Introduction of participants and expectations (use metacard) – Vijay Khadgi, ICIMOD
10:30–11:00 Demonstration and handover of Ratu basin CBFEWS model to CDAFN
11:00–11:30 Tea break
11:30–13:00 Presentation and discussion on HI-GRID overview, objectives, and expected outcomes, and partner engagement by Neera Shrestha/Vijay Khadgi and partners (interactive slot)
Session 2: Palika Elevator Pitch
14:00 – 14:15 Findings of Capability Assessment by Unam Man Pradhan, Consultant, ICIMOD (Virtual)


Working tea/coffee

Elevator Pitch by Palika Representatives – Neera Shrestha/Vijay Khadgi

Preparing the pitch (45 min – guiding question provided)


  • 3 Major disaster risks in your palika (according to ranking)
  • Policy documents available for your palika
  • Solutions for DRR

Market place presentation

Session 3: Day 1 Wrap up and action points
16:00–17:00 Co-development of action plan

  • Identifying priority actions and next steps for each implementing partner and municipal representatives

Key takeaways

Reception dinner

Theme: GEDSI capability development

Time Programme
9:00–9:30 Recap of Day 1 and Agenda for Day 2
9:30–10:00 Introduction to GEDSI concepts and terminologies
10:00–10:30 Discussion on local level planning process and GEDSI mainstreaming
10:30–11:30 Tea break
11:00–11:30 Introduction to GEDSI Responsive Budgeting
11:00–12:30 GEDSI and DRR linkage
12:30–13:30 Lunch
Session 5: Contextualising Disability in DRR

Working tea/coffee

Understanding disability, barriers, and challenges

Disability related laws, policies, and practice

Disability mainstreaming and GESDSI responsive Budgeting

16:00–17:00 Action points facilitated by CDAFN
Participant’s reflection and key take home (4 representatives)
Vote of Thanks by ICIMOD and CDAFN