Effecting development in the Himalayan region is a steep challenge. Given the paucity of documented development work and success stories in the region, there is not much to guide development action, and development practitioners must experiment and learn. While this could be the wellspring of innovations, it also tends to dissuade practitioners from undertaking development work.
Researchers and development practitioners in various parts of the world have developed models and guides that could be applied in the Himalayas. The HV team has culled out some such models, indicators and guides that have the potential of facilitating development in the Himalayan region, and these are presented in this section.