A Powerhouse for development and Himalayan Region Gender Mapping

A powerhouse for development

We are institutionally committed to learning about and from the Himalayan Region. As such we derive and develop knowledge concerning the region through our engagement in development-related dialogue with communities and institutions.

The Centre for Women in the Himalayas gathers knowledge and information, and undertakes in-depth research and analysis on key aspects affecting women’s lives in rural areas. Built on the projects and experiences of Norlha and partners/users of the Centre, including all relevant national, regional or international entities which address women’s issues in the region, actively promoting partnerships and synergies. Furthermore, research and analysis has an action-oriented focus, to bridge the gap between development practitioners and research institutions. It also aims to identify and curate innovative practices and solutions, building on the knowledge and know-how of local people, to improve the standard of operations of development actors operating in these most isolated rural areas. Through integrated research and analysis, CWH aims to improve the inclusiveness and impact of current and future initiatives and projects targeting Himalayan women and girls.

Himalayan region mapping

A large number of organisations operate at all levels, in the field of gender equality in the Himalayan region. The Centre has mapped development actors operating in the region on women and gender issues. The idea behind the mapping was to identify “who does what” in the region regarding women and gender. The map is a data base of relevant organisations and it indicates the scope and subject of their activities by geographical location. The map is a first step of a broader gender expertise gap analysis being conducted by the Centre.