2007-2015: Learning by doing
The first project country of Karuna is Nepal.
- 2008 Start and development of Share&Care.
- 2011 Start and development of Inspire2Care.
- 2013 The first results become visible. Evaluations and studies lead to new lessons and adaptations.
- 2014 Independent research on the cost-effectiveness of Inspire2Care shows that the programme is highly cost-effective, according to the standards of the World Health Organisation.
- 2015 After an investigation in 37 Asian countries, the Asian Pacific Centre for Development and Disability selects Inspire2Care to be one of the five Best Practices in integrating people with disabilities into their communities.
First phase of scaling up in Nepal, jointly with private foundations and NGO’s.
- 2015 Phase 1 of the upscaling: in 15 new villages Inspire2Care is implemented. In the Nepalese district Ilam, 12 villages start with Inspire2Care together with Karuna Foundation Nepal and Ineke Feitz Foundation. In the Jhapa district, Inspire2Care is started by the Dutch Leprosy Relief foundation, with the support of Karuna Nepal.
- 2016 Karuna Nepal becomes an independent local organisation. The shared ambition of Karuna Nepal and Karuna Netherlands is to accelerate the upscaling of Inspire2Care to the rest of Nepal, in collaboration with communities, the government of Nepal and investors.
- 2016 Phase 2 of the upscaling: in the Ilam district, 16 villages start with Inspire2Care together with Karuna Nepal, UBS Optimus Foundation, True Blue and Foundation ‘t Bosje.
- 2017 Phase 3 of the upscaling: in Ilam Inspire2Care starts in 20 villages with Karuna Nepal, the Makoto Maki Foundation, Foundation ‘t Bosje, UBS and the Ineke Feitz Foundation.
- 2017 Zero Project Conference in Vienna: Inspire2Care was chosen to be one of the Best Global Innovative Practices in Entrepreneurship
- 2017 Karuna the Netherlands strives towards scaling up programmes in and outside Nepal, in collaboration with others. Collaboration and sharing knowledge will lead to greater impact. Several entrepreneurs and organisations are ready to embrace our approach.
Our models receive growing recognition in Nepal and at an international level from academics, institutes and organisations.
- During the Zero Project Conference in Vienna in February 2017, Inspire2Carewas was chosen to be one of the Best Global Practices in Entrepren At the conference, the results of an international study of the Zero Project on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities were shared. Read the report here.
- Independent research by the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute has proven that Inspire2Care is very cost-effective. The research, focusing on cost-effectiveness and the replicability of the model, was done by Health Economist Kelsey Vaughan. Read the scientific article here.
- In 2015, The Asian Pacific Centre for Development and Disability concluded after conducting research in 37 Asian countries, that Share&Care is one of the Best Practices in integrating people with disabilities in their community. At the end of 2015, Karuna presented the results and learnings at an international congress in Tokyo, organised by the World Health Organisation. Read the report here.
More reports and impact evaluations can be found on the page ‘sharing knowledge’.