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  • Reversal of fortune: From child soldier to entrepreneur
    Feb 15, 2017

    Although being a minor disqualified her from taking up the options available to other Maoist fighters following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Bindu’s return to a normal life and livelihood was paved with help from UNDP

  • Beset by water woes, quake survivors receive succor
    Sep 6, 2016

    A new drinking water scheme has brought relief to the earthquake survivor residents of Bhotechaur-2 in Sindhupalchowk district

  • Survivors at driver's seat for recovery
    Sep 1, 2016

    Assisted by UNDP Nepal and the Government of Mauritius, the earthquake- ravaged community of Kalyanpur in Nuwakot has successfully reconstructed a disaster-resilient vegetable collection and marketing centre

  • With Nepal again beset by conflict after the failure in late August of peace talks between the Government and Maoist insurgents, a UNDP programme is supporting efforts for peace and development and helping victims of the violence.

  • 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.

  • Integrating the internally displaced: An integral part of urban governance in Nepal

    November 2005; When Mehar Singh and his family arrived in the lively Terai town in Nepalganj, near the Indian border three years ago, all he had was 1000 Nepali rupees ($14 U.S. dollars) in his pocket, and a strong will to protect his family-even if it meant leaving their livelihood and hometown behind.

  • 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.

  • UNDP helps foster lasting peace in Nepal

    December 2006; Within seven short months a 'people's movement' that began with almost a million citizens taking to the streets of Kathmandu has cumulated into a peace process that could end almost 11 years of violent conflict in Nepal. The movement demanded that the King return power to parliament, and that a new national constitution be built to reflect Nepal's diversity.

  • 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

  • Support to the peace process