Research & Publications

  • Communication for Empowerment in NepalCommunication for Empowerment in NepalJun 30, 2010In recognition of UNDRIP, the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok launched the Regional Initiative of Communication for Empowerment of Asia’s Indigenous Peoples in December 2007. The initiative emphasized the role of a diverse media and inclusive communication channels as empowering mechanisms to enhance voice, inclusive participation and democratic governance.

  • Power, Voice and Rights : A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the PacificPower, Voice and Rights : A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the PacificFeb 28, 2010The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed remarkable economic progress and rapid development in recent decades, yet gender inequality remains entrenched even through this era of change. The region lags behind on gender parity on multiple counts, despite progress on several other dimensions. While overall indicators for economic prosperity, educational attainments and access to healthcare have improved for the region’s population over the recent decades, gender gaps have not closed. Moreover, the region has seen divergent trends towards gender equality—notably, while East Asia and the Pacific have made significant advances, South Asia’s progress on many counts has been slow. A girl born in South Asia today still has very different life chances compared to her counterpart in East Asia in terms of health status, educational attainments or employment opportunities. All countries face challenges—even those performing well on the income, health and education indicators. People, particularly women, continue to confront discrimination in jobs, disparities in power, voice and political representation, and laws that are prejudicial on the basis of their gender. This Asia-Pacific Human Development Report (APHDR) interrogates how some countries in the region have succeeded in narrowing gender disparities more than others.

  • Report on Assessment of Village Development Committee Governance and the Use of the Block GrantsReport on Assessment of Village Development Committee Governance and the Use of the Block GrantsSep 11, 2009Since 1995, Nepal’s village-level local government bodies (village development committees — VDCs) have received annual block grants from the central Government for spending on improving local infrastructure and services. In fiscal year 2008/09 these grants were increased to a minimum of 1.5 million rupees and a maximum of 3 million rupees. A major rationale behind the greatly increased amounts of Government and donor money going to local government is to reinvigorate the local bodies and local government processes after the ten years of armed conflict and to enable the local bodies to become the main channel for fostering and implementing local development.

  • Report for UNDP Nepal of the Outcome Evaluation Mission on Gender - 2004Report for UNDP Nepal of the Outcome Evaluation Mission on Gender - 2004Jan 7, 2009This evaluation assesses Nepal’s efforts to develop gender responsive national and local level policies and plans over the period 1999 to 2003, and to assess UNDP’s contribution to this outcome, in tandem with other actors in the development sector and in civil society. It identifies strengths in UNDP which contributed positively to achievement of the outcome, and outlines areas needing to be addressed to improve performance. The timing of the Outcome Evaluation Mission (OEM) was selected so results could strengthen the focus of UNDP interventions, and contribute to the UNDP programming cycle 2004-2007. It is forward looking, as per the requirements of the TOR ‘to draw lessons from past programmes and build strategies for future programme interventions’, in the 2004 context of Nepal’s current challenges of poverty and conflict

  • DLGSP Mid Term Review 2006DLGSP Mid Term Review 2006Aug 20, 2006The programme was launched in Nepal in 2004 and is due to end late 2007. It follows on UNDP supported predecessor projects PDDP and LGP, which started in 1995 and 1996. The overall goal is to enhance effective participation of people in the local governance process, ensuring improved access to socio- economic services by rural poor, particularly women, Dalits and other disadvantaged groups. Intended outputs include enhanced capacity of LBs, MLD and NPC; a VDP implemented in 1000 VDCs based on positive discrimination to favour the disadvantaged; and HIV / AIDS mainstreamed in training packages. DLGSP focuses mainly on the community level, but aims to provide inputs into capacity building for local bodies (DDCs and VDCs) and to contribute to central government policy debates on decentralization.

  • Local Self-Governance Act 1999, MoLJ/HMGLocal Self-Governance Act 1999, MoLJ/HMGNov 10, 2005The Act is expedient to: Make provisions conducive to the enjoyment of the fruits of democracy through the utmost participation of the sovereign people in the process of governance by way of decentralization, Institutionalize the process of development by enhancing the participation of all the people including the ethnic communities, indigenous people and down-trodden as well as socially and economically backward groups in bringing out social equality in mobilizing and allocating means for the development of their own region and in the balanced and equal distribution of the fruits of development, Have institutional development of local bodies capable of bearing responsibility, by providing such responsibility and power at the local level as is necessary to formulate and carry out plans, and Constitute local bodies for the development of the local self-governance system in a manner that they are able to make decisions on the matters affecting the day-to-date needs and lives of the people, by developing local leadership.

  • Nepal Country ReportNepal Country ReportMar 8, 2012

  • Nepal Disaster Report 2009 : The Hazardscape and VulnerabilityNepal Disaster Report 2009 : The Hazardscape and VulnerabilityMar 15, 2010Nepal Disaster Report: The hazardscape and vulnerabilities is an indication of Nepal’s resolve to tackle the challenges posed by natural disasters. For a country facing the difficulties of socioeconomic development, efforts to address the risks of disasters are necessary because disasters undermine social and economic well-being. By highlighting challenges and presenting the way forward, this report shows the growing sense of urgency and the need for seriousness in reducing disaster risks in Nepal.

  • Community Based Disaster Management Practices, 2006-2008Community Based Disaster Management Practices, 2006-2008Feb 25, 2010Realizing the gravity of the situation reflected by alarming mortality and economic loss statistics generated by disasters, UNDP piloted the Community Based Disaster Management Project.This Project commenced operation at the community level from April 2006. It encouraged and supported the local communities and people from 42 wards of Syangja, Tanahu, Chitwan, Makawanpur, Sarlahi and Sindhuli districts which were worst hit and constantly facing problems of flood, landslide and river cut each year with the onset of monsoon to start activities for minimizing the impact of these disasters.

  • Experiences from the Field: UNDP-CSO Partnerships for Conflict PreventionExperiences from the Field: UNDP-CSO Partnerships for Conflict PreventionJul 31, 2005The experiences presented in this report underscore the critical importance for UNDP and other international organizations to actively engage with civil society actors at all levels in preventing violent conflict and rebuilding peace. In many cases, the credibility and effectiveness demonstrated by CSOs have led to a transformation in the nature of their relationship with governments and the United Nations – from programme sub-contractors to policy advisors and interlocutors. This evolution in the scope of partnership with civil society organizations is essential in addressing the growing challenges of conflict prevention and peace building.