Rural Development Nepal (RDN-Kalikot) is born and brought up in Karnali (mid-west Himalayan region), a region that received scant attention of the State hence rendered the most backward and least developed region of the country. Though rich in natural resources, medicinal plants grow in abundance and yarshagumba (aphrodisiac) harvested in huge quantity and traded with Tibet, the people of the Himalayan region have remained largely illiterate, ignorant, meagerly informed, and resource-scarce. Few young, educated, energetic and change-seeking youth of Karnali got together and girded up their loins to change course of Karnali and thus the seed of RDN-Kalikot was sown. RDN-Kalikot which set off its development journey from Kalikot (the Headquarters of Karnali zone) Committed and zealous youth seek to alter the development paradigm whereby they limit themselves to the role of catalyst or stimulator, empower and enable the community to set their priorities, articulate demands, assert themselves to claim rights and resources form the State.
RDN-Kalikot believes in bottom up approach as top-down approach betrayed Karnali for long. A six year long journey down the road to development has earned regional acclaim and trust of important stakerholders such as government machinery, political parties and donor community.
Established in 2061 BS (2004), Rural Development Nepal (RDN), Kalikot is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-government organization. It has been working with poor and marginalized groups. Kalikot is one of the deprived districts of Karnali Zone despite of natural diversities and prosperities which was separated from Jumla in 2034 BS (1977). Kalikot is ranked in 70th district out of 75 in terms of overall composite index published by ICIMOD/SNV in 2003. However, in poverty and deprivation index, Kalikot is in 71 positions. These data demonstrate that Kalikot is poor and deprived in all development sphere.
A group of young people, intellectuals and experienced professional involved in various sector has established RDN. It envisions a prosperous and equitable society where people live with prosperity and dignity with fulfilling their fundamental rights in a sustainable way. To transform Dalits, women and oppressed community socio-economically and socio-politically, it has been implementing community development activities, human right promotion and governance related activities. Other arenas include Dalit and women empowerment, livelihood promotion and social inclusion.
RDN-Kalikot was registered with District Administration Office (DAO) Kalikot on 03/11/2061. It has obtained affiliation with Social Welfare Council (An Apex Body of Government to coordinate and facilitate development works of non-government actors) on 21/07/2062. It has affiliation with national level networks like NGO Federation Nepal.