About Us

CDM-Nepal is a leading non-governmental development and humanitarian organisation of Province 5 of Nepal. Established in 2000 in Butwal, CDM-Nepal has worked in DRM, CCA, WASH, livelihood and GBV. CDM’s programmes have historically been targeted at underprivileged women and children.

Origins of CDM-Nepal

CDM-Nepal’s origin can be traced back to 1993, the year Rupandehi district experienced one of the devastating floods in its history. Having seen the havoc brought by the disaster, a group of local development professionals joined hands to informally set up “Save the Environment and Rural Development Institute (SERDI)”, which later became CDM-Nepal during official registration in 2000.


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