This article describes the evolution of WaterAid’s programme of work in Nepal, based on the author’s experiences while working as WaterAid’s Representative Engineer in Nepal from 1987 to 1991. It examines how WaterAid’s philosophy of working in partnership with local organisations was actually put into practice. Various problems and constraints are identified and discussed, and certain points are highlighted which may be of general interest to other external support agencies working in similar ways in other countries and sectors. The overall conclusion is that this programme represents a viable methodology for an international NGO to achieve useful results in supporting local NGOs working in development.
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