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  • Bringing out the entrepreneurship in women ex-combatants
  • “Our hands will not carry guns anymore…...”
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  • Ex-combatants start a new life………….
  • An ex-combatant builds a future
  • Emphasizing that development can occur only with an end to current political violence, Nepal has adopted a 15-year plan to spur economy, reduce poverty, put every child in school and improve healthcare.

  • Entrepreneurs hopeful that peace will bring greater prosperity

    June 2006; 'It's too early to see the change,' says Rachana Pandit, chairperson of Business Development Services. 'But there is tremendous hope among the entrepreneurs.' This optimism among Nepal's grassroots business community is confirmed by entrepreneurs like 23-year old Surya Lama, who recently launched a small mushroom farm in the basement of his home in Kakani with a little help'skills training and credit'from UNDP. 'Up until now I've only been selling these mushrooms in the local area, but if peace comes then transport will be more reliable and I might be able to expand to other areas also, perhaps even Kathmandu,' says the determined young man.

  • A day in the life

    14 October 2007; Rolpa, It is early in the morning in one of the seven major Maoist army cantonments in the western highlands of Rolpa. I am woken up by the army's fitness drill and the noise of instructors. I can hear the wind blowing strongly against my tent. The thick fog hides the beautiful green hills of Rolpa at 1,800 metres above sea level, at the Himalayan foothills

  • The bumpy road to improve maternal mortality

    February 2010; Nepal is very close to achieving the maternal health goal, but there is a budget gap to put the commitments fully into action. The government is committed to increasing health sector budget gradually and allocate at least 7 per cent of the national budget by 2008-09. The total budget in the health sector increased from Rs 14.9 billion in 2008-09 to Rs 17.8 billion in 2009-10. As yet, the allocation for the health sector reached only 6.3 per cent of the national budget.

  • Combatant turns into an independent entrepreneur

    September 2010; To date, more than 1,484 men and women, verified minors and late recruits, discharged from Maoist cantonments in February 2010 have opted for the ongoing voluntary rehabilitation packages offered by the United Nations Interagency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP).