COPPADES is a non-profit, non-governmental social development organization with its various activities in the rural areas of Nepal. For twelve years of its operation COPPADES' focus has been on the empowerment of the poorest and the discriminated and on promotng self reliance among the people in the more poor and remote districts in Nepal. As a rural based social development organization COPPADES was founded with a belief that sustainable development requires a process which proceeds with combined activities of enhancing educational, organizational and economic opportunities for the people.
Committee for the Promotion of Public Awareness and Development Studies (COPPADES) is a rural based, non profit, non governmental organization registerd under the Institution Registration Act of the Government of Nepal in the year 1990.
The vision of COPPADES is to contribute positively to the creation of an equitable society in the grassroots as well as to the national level that helps to the realization of social justice.
The mission of COPPADES is to promote organizational activities among women, the poorest and the discriminated groups of people by building up awareness among them and empowering them through organizational activities and economic self dependence.
COPPADES started its activities, initially in 1988, with the financial support of the Student Alumni Association of the World College West, a liberal arts college operating with its home campus in Petaluma, California, USA. The college had its regular study abroad program in Nepal with focus on international development through which students came to Nepal, stayed with Nepali host families and participated in community development activities as part of their study.