Our Stories

  • Rebuilding lives

    November 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.

  • New study report on Nepalese Masculinities and Gender Based Violence launched

    The 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.

  • Bringing out the entrepreneurship in women ex-combatants
  • “Our hands will not carry guns anymore…...”
  • Ex-combatant Mukhiyas bicycle workshop...
  • 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