Higher Ground Nepal





Higher Ground Nepal uses an innovative, cross-subsidy model to build peace from the bottom up in Nepal, training and employing at-risk youth and women in their Bakery and Crafts enterprises to sustain operations for the Higher Ground Community Development Initiative [HCDI].

These individuals have often been victims of violence, struggling to reintegrate with society and usually remain economically disadvantaged, which amplifies their risk of relapsing into lives of exploitation. Higher Ground Nepal’s inclusive approach aims to break this vicious cycle of abuse by providing vulnerable individuals with redemptive employment opportunities, acting as a platform not just to lift themselves out of poverty and exclusion, but also to give them a voice at the peace table. HCDI further strengthens the nation’s social fabric by promoting awareness for human rights and providing support to trafficking victims.

As such, Higher Ground Nepal is a revolutionary organization working through the entire peace process from rehabilitation and recovery to resolution and resilience building.

Bimala Shrestha Pokharel (Chandrakala)
Founder & CEO

Oliin Rai

“Higher Ground Nepal’s vision is to restore the lives of individuals at risk of exploitation, human trafficking & social injustice through awareness, counseling and socio-economic empowerment.”


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The Organisers


The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX).

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)

IIX is a a leading organisation in the global impact investing space whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.

N-Peace Network

N-Peace is a UNDP-managed multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia advancing women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.