The Abhiyaan comprises four sister organizations, inspired by the shared values of innovation, collaboration and service and guided by the shared principles of social justice, impact sustainability and community empowerment. It promotes inclusive and equitable economic growth by accelerating grassroots innovations, strengthening government institutions and vitalizing a virtuous cycle of grassroots-government collaboration.
The Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program (REAP) identifies growth-oriented rural women and youth entrepreneurs, capacitates them to exploit local innovations, connects enterprises with financial institutions and bolsters the municipal enterprise ecosystem. The Public Service Fellowship Program identifies service-minded talented youth, capacitates them to conduct policy research, connects their policy recommendations with government actions and builds an evidence-based policy ecosystem.
Through the Leadership for Economic Governance Program, it enables local governments to dissect economic growth challenges, learn leadership and management skills and execute team-based public innovation pilots. In partnership with Inclusion Economics at Yale University and researchers at the London School of Economics, it seeks to understand how policy and development programming can support the objectives of inclusive political and economic growth in the context of Nepal’s recent federal transition.
NLA conducts research, develops curricula, and provides in-practice leadership coaching. Utilizing a leadership framework, co-developed at Harvard Center for Public Leadership by the NLA Executive Coach, the courses underscore two key leadership theories - adaptive leadership and community organizing and four key leadership principles - listening to oneself, empathizing with others, analyzing adaptive issues and doing collaborative work.
It has organized fund-raising campaigns, such as Walk for Nepal, to grow leadership capacity in diasporic youth, raise funds for non-profit organizations in Nepal and build a culture of civic collaboration and practical philanthropy among Nepalis worldwide.