About Us

Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) is a professional non-governmental organization engaged in developing and promoting appropriate rural technologies effective in meeting the basic needs and improving livelihood of rural people. Established in August 1989 under the Company Act, CRT/N has been re-registered with Government of Nepal (GoN) under the Social Organization Registration Act 2034 since October 1998. The organization is actively engaged in upgrading traditional technologies as well as developing new technologies with diversified and versatile applications to meet rural needs.


CRT/N as a professional/innovative organization and knowledge centre in renewable energy/appropriate technology delivering quality services to local communities for improving their livelihood.


Develop, promote and disseminate environmentally sound rural/appropriate technologies and strengthen capability of rural communities in creating better opportunities through mobilisation of local resources to improve their livelihood conditions.


  • Promote and disseminate rural/appropriate technologies to meet the basic needs of the people and improve their quality of life.
  • Conduct adaptive and action-oriented research on indigenous and improved rural/appropriate technologies.
  • Train and transfer technical information and know-how on production, installation and management of rural/appropriate technologies.
  • Assist in development of technical and institutional capabilities for sustainable development.
  • Provide technical support and consulting services in the field of rural energy and environment conservation.

Area of Specialization

          Development and promotion of rural/appropriate and Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs):

  • Household, commercial and institutional Improved Cookstoves (ICS) (fixed type, prefabricated portable rocket stoves, metallic stoves);
  • Briquette, pellet and charcoal;
  • Improved Water Mill (IWM) with diversified end uses including electrification;
  • Hydraulic ram pump;
  • Solar cookers/dryers;
  • Other appropriate technologies

Priority Themes

  • Total access to energy (through intervention of technologies like ICS, IWM, hydram, solar dryer/ cooker, and others);
  • Household air quality;
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in energy sector;
  • Community water management;
  • Climate change – adaptation and mitigation;
  • Productive end use – employment and income

Organization Profile

CRT/N’s organizational structure consists of a General Assembly comprising general members and promoters, and Board of Directors at the second level consisting of members elected by the General Assembly. The General Assembly provides policy direction to the management. Management is headed by the Executive Director, who is the Executive Head and Member Secretary of the Board and is responsible for the day-to-day management and smooth implementation of the projects and programmes.

The Central Office of CRT/N has several divisions and units which are adequately staffed with qualified persons. The CRT/N office is equipped with adequate number of computer/printers, photocopier, telephone, internet, multimedia, etc.

Human Resource

The CRT/N family consists of about 30 professional staff with background in engineering, environmental science, management, accountancy, gender issues as well as social mobilization. Most of the staff members are based in the working districts. About 29 percent of the staff is female. CRT/N pools experts and consultants as per need from among its vast network of professionals.


CRT/N’s efforts have been recognized in international area through following rewards:

  • Hydraulic Ram Pump Project was awarded with “Protsahan (Encouragement) Prize by UKaid DFID supported Adaption at Scale Prize, Ideas to Impact-Rewarding Innovative Climate Change Adaption in Nepal, 2016
  • IWM Programme was selected as final nominee for Energy Globe Award 2010
  • T h e A s h d e n Awa r d s f o r Sustainable Energy 2007 to IWM Programme (Ashden Trust for Sustainable Energy, UK)
  • Recognition for Best Practice from Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WISION) in 2004, Germany on “Women in Energy and Water Management Project” supported by UNEP/ICIMOD.
  • Consolation prize on the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2002 to IWM Project (Ashden Trust for Sustainable Energy, UK)
  • Green Energy Letter of National Felicitation 2001 to IWM Project (Green Energy Mission, Nepal)
  • IWM Project registered as Projects around the World at Expo 2000 Hanover, Germany.



Regional/International Activities

CRT/N has been involved in following regional and international level activities:

Nexus Carbon for Development
CRT/N is a founding member and also a Board member of Nexus Carbon for Development, a global alliance for carbon project development. Nexus has been incorporated in Singapore. It is a signatory of the Gold Standard Pledge for premium quality carbon credits.
Link to www.nexus-c4d.org

International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA)
Based in the Netherlands, ENERGIA Hivos links individuals and groups concerned with energy, sustainable development, and gender in various countries in Asia and Africa. CRT/N has managed the Regional Secretariat of ENERGIA for Asia Region from July 2007- February 2009 providing support to the National Focal Points (NFPs) of ENERGIA in Asia Region consisting of NFPs in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
Link to: www.energia.org


Past Assignments in Other Countries

Support for Efficiency Increment of Locally Produced Stoves for Wood and Dung Fuel in Tibet:
CRT/N has supported institutions in Autonomous Region of Tibet, China and conducted training for the local production of efficient improved wood and dung fuel stoves with support from the GTZ in April 2006.

Regional Study on Stoves:
CRT/N along with GERES, France and ARECOP, Indonesia, was involved in a regional level study on “Opportunities in ICS Dissemination”. Supported by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), the study was conducted in six countries, namely, Laos PDR, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Productive Skill on Renewable Energy and Uses, Kabul, Afghanistan:
CRT/N has provided technical support for trainings of Master Trainers and assessment of various technologies including improved biomass technologies in Kabul, Afghanistan. This initiative was
supported by UN-Habitat Afghanistan and conducted during January-February 2010.

Technical Support to RSPN, Bhutan:
CRT/N assisted Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), a National NGO of Bhutan, in strengthening its organizational capability to undertake RETs related activities in Bhutan within the project “Women in Energy and Water Management Project” supported by UNEP/ICIMOD in 2003.


Consultancy Assignments/Training

CRT/N has a long experience of conducting various studies in renewable energy sector. The studies conducted by CRT/N range from policy study to baseline, feasibility, monitoring and assessment/impact evaluation studies relating to hydropower, biomass and solar technologies.

Likewise, CRT/N has conducted a number of regional/international meeting/workshop.


CRT/N co-hosted The ENERGIA Phase 6 Strategic Planning Meeting in Nepal from 18-21 April, 2017. The objective of meeting were: to review and revisit ENERGIA’s implementation strategies and partnerships, including good practices and lessons learned, to share and reflect on the findings and recommendations of the going ENERGIA phase 5 external evaluation and to develop a strategic plan for the next phase (2018- 2021) of ENERGIA, including an updated vision and mission, operating principles, main target groups; working approach and core activity areas.

Likewise, DIB/INFORSE- Regional Meeting on EVD Phase 1 closing and EVD Phase II kick off meeting was held in Nepal from 28 June-2 July 2017. The objective of the meeting was to review and share the outcome from phase 1 and discuss the plans with its regional partners.