May 7, 2016Ex-combatant turns digital photographerNovember 2010; Ms. Shrestha who was discharged from Maoist cantonment in the category of 'verified minors and late recruits' in February 2010 has successfully completed her 3 months in-house training as a cook. She has started On-the-Job (OJT) training in one of the renowned hotels of Kathmandu.
May 7, 2016New study report on Nepalese Masculinities and Gender Based Violence launchedThe integral relation between prevalent norms of masculinities associated with patriarchy and the perpetration and tolerance of gender based violence is an often under-studied topic. UNDP has made efforts through its Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security Project to contribute to the knowledge on the issue.
May 7, 2016Rebuilding more livesDecember 2010; Chaudhary, 21 and Budha, 22 were verified as minors during the UN-led verification process in 2007. After being officially discharged from the Surkhet cantonment in February 2010, both of them contacted the toll free number and were subsequently referred to the UN Inter-agency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP), Western Regional Office in Nepalgunj to receive career counseling and referral to rehabilitation packages.
May 7, 2016Leaders come together for a confidence building exerciseApril 5 2013, Bardiya: Kailali district in the Far West region of Nepal had been the epicenter of recent political and ethnic tension in Nepal. The district remain shut for 31 days in April and May last year as disagreements over federalism spiraled into hostilities and rival protests between different communities living in the district. Although the situation seems to have normalized after the dissolution of Constituent Assembly (CA), the underlying tension remains with a potential for a violent breakout.
May 7, 2016An ex-combatant cherishes his new identity as shop ownerNayalal, a 24-year old former combatant from the eastern part of Nepal, had a very difficult childhood. He was born in a poor and marginalized community where most of the houses were made of mud, straw, and bamboo. “When I was small, our house burnt down twice and my family lost everything. To make matters worse, my father started drinking too much raksi (local alcohol),” he recalls. “My four brothers and sisters and I didn’t know what to do. We were looked down upon because of our poverty. It was miserable”, he says.
May 7, 2016Automated system to digitize building permits in KathmanduA new automated system supported by UNDP will make obtaining building permits easier in two municipalities in the Kathmandu Valley. The system expected to go live in June this year will integrate safer building codes into existing building permit approval system. This will be the first of its kind in digital recording system for building permits being brought into use in Nepal.