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  • Willed into reality
    Feb 19, 2018

    Samina Hussain’s long-standing political ambitions have finally borne fruit with her nomination to the House of Representatives in the recent elections

  • Preparing the ground: PREPARE's contributions
    Dec 6, 2017

    How comprehensive preparatory support to Nepal’s move to federalism is ensuring a smooth transition

  • Hope at last
    Sep 19, 2017

    For Rupandehi’s Prem Kumari, being helped UNDP’s Socio-Legal Aid Center through her legal problems was not just a reminder of the need to exercise her rights, but also of the many other women who were suffering owing to the difficulty of navigating a complex court system

  • Leading conflict resolution and accountability: Birbas Rural Municipality
    Sep 10, 2017

    A rural township in Gulmi is proving something of a role model in effectively implementing a mechanism to resolve locals’ grievances and disputes, and clearing a path for development

  • More women on the political frontlines
    Sep 5, 2017

    Thanks to constitutional and legal provisions that introduced compulsory quotas for women in different posts in local governments, as well as intensive campaigns for women’s engagement in politics carried out by the Election Commission Nepal with the support of UNDP’s Election Support Project, a record number of women have won seats in the first two phases of the local-level elections

  • Making it count: Voter education campaign proves an eye-opener
    Aug 30, 2017

    The Election Commission Nepal’s voter education campaign, conducted with support of UNDP’s Election Support Project in 29 districts, has proved largely effective in bringing more people to the polls and ensuring their familiarity with the voting procedures so as to minimize the number of invalid votes around the country

  • Seeking a safe space
    Aug 24, 2017

    Safe Houses and other designated spaces—such as the ones established by the Government of Nepal and UNDP—are crucial in helping victims of violence recuperate, obtain legal assistance and start to mend their lives

  • Alcoholic Tek turns workaholic preacher
    Jul 24, 2017

    Not long ago, Tek Tamang spent his days drinking, gambling and causing nuisance. But when SCDP launched an initiative to promote social cohesion in Panchthar, Tek luckily, had the opportunity to attend a two-day training that changed his life forever

  • Connecting the Chepang community with government services
    Jul 23, 2017

    Janakala Chepang, who belongs to the highly marginalized indigenous Chepang community, had never had the chance to directly interact with government officials regarding public services, nor had she expected that some essential items were made available for free by the government

  • Cohesion campaign helps in knowledge transfer
    Jul 21, 2017

    A victim-turned-warrior, Maya is now known as a community mediator and a model farmer in Masuriya – a small town of Kailali district of Far Western region of Nepal.

  • Mobilizing mass media for voter education
    Jul 15, 2017

    The mass media played a crucial role in the Election Commission Nepal’s voter education campaign—conducted with support of UNDP’s Election Support Project—for the 2017 local level elections in helping to bring information regarding the voting process and the importance of taking part in polls directly to people’s homes through targeted messages disseminated through radio, TV and social media

  • Collective farming bringing communities together
    Jun 28, 2017

    In order make a difference and to implement a social cohesion campaign through inter-communal interaction and collaboration, SCDP is partnering with local actors to heal the psychologically divided communities in Sunsari

  • Righting historical wrongs: UNDP-supported monitoring group takes on caste-based discrimination
    Jun 19, 2017

    The National Dalit Commission's Joint Monitoring Group, formed with UNDP support, has helped over 30 families access justice, as well as raising awareness among thousands of Nepalis regarding existing anti-discrimination laws

  • Five sisters in action!
    Jun 13, 2017

    A group of five sisters, from Munuwa village and others under the Melmilap Women Cooperative, are now actively involved in the promotion of social harmony through a forum where all can voice their opinions and continue conversations

  • Transformation from the ground up
    Jun 12, 2017

    Citizen Awareness Centres are effective means of bringing women and marginalized families into the local development process

  • Badis from Bardiya Campaigning for Social Cohesion
    May 23, 2017

    The Badi people belong to the Dalit community, and have been marginalized and treated as ‘untouchables’ throughout history.

  • Police-Public Partnership in Panchthar
    May 17, 2017

    The police and the public share a unique mutual relationship. The police force has been mandated with taking care of public security.

  • Bijula KC – a Model Moderator for Social Cohesion
    May 12, 2017

    When Bijula KC, married Tabu Master, a tailor from the Muslim community, she had to put up with plenty of remonstrations from her neighbours and the society. Born and raised in a Hindu household in a far-flung village in Bajura district, Bijula faced further stigmatization when she refused to wear a Hijab on her head, like the women from her husband’s community.

  • Chepangs Set off Journey to Make Services Accessible
    May 12, 2017

    Bishal Chepang and Rajkumar Chepang of Shaktikhor, in Chitwan district, had to deal with bureaucratic obstacles while acquiring their citizenships because their parents’ marriages had never been registered at the local administrative body.

  • Tapping the Youth for the Promotion of Social Harmony
    May 6, 2017

    Narsinhatappu, a Village Development Committee (VDC) that lies on the East-West Highway, is considered to be one of the most vulnerable VDCs of Sunsari district.

  • Kalika Community is Our School
    May 4, 2017

    It was in a little chapel that Bishnu Pariyar, from Madi in Chitwan, tied the knot with the man she had fallen in love with. At the time of her marriage, Bishnu did not realize that their inter-caste marriage would cause a stir, but because she was from a “low-caste”, “untouchable” Dalit family and her husband from Tharu community, the union became stigmatized for breaking taboos.

  • Information Centre Connecting an ‘Island’
    May 2, 2017

    Connectivity has always been an issue for the residents of the “island-like” settlement of Dodhara-Chandani in Kanchanpur district. Flanked by the Mahakali River and connected to the mainland only by a suspension bridge, the settlement also remains highly susceptible to flooding when the water level rises during the monsoon.

  • Preachers Promoting Social Harmony
    May 1, 2017

    “I am under severe pressure from some fundamentalists who want me to stop collaborating with Muslim Maulanas, Christian pastors and Sikh gurus. But I will not leave my team from the Inter-Religious Network,” said Mahantha Chandra Nath Yogi, a well-known Hindu priest, at an event organized in Neplagunj. “Some extremists dislike our efforts in promoting social cohesion but I will leave no stone unturned to promote social harmony in Banke,” he emphasized.

  • The story of a return
    May 1, 2017

    Manjari was able to reclaim her old life and her dignity thanks to a joint intervention on the part of the National Human Rights Commission and UNDP to promote and protect the rights of people with mental disability

  • 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

  • December 2010; The UNDP Enhancing Access to Justice for Consolidation of Peace in Nepal Project (A2J) project is maximising its efforts to increase the number of women in the judicial sector. In order to encourage more women to join this sector, the project has been organising one month long preparatory Bar Council exam training classes for the women candidates. Recently the project organised this training for 23 women law graduates. The result was overwhelming, all of them passed!

  • May 2008; On 25 May, the tenth and final Nepali member of the First Inclusive Women's Sagarmatha Expedition (FIWSE) completed her summit bid, making FIWSE the most successful female expedition to conquer Sagarmatha (Mount Everest). This group unfurled the MDG 3 banner offered by the Danish Embassy at the summit in support of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

  • November 2005; Shyam Prasad Bhattarai, a participant of MEDEP in Treveni program location in Nawalparsi district says "I think if we do everything seriously and with perseverance, it will yield. I along with my wife work 16 hours a day." Despite having passed his School Leaving Certificate examination (grade ten) some fifteen years ago he did not have the income or employment opportunities in his village then. Being the eldest sibling in a family of 13 members, Shyam had no alternative but to leave for India in search for work. He returned home a year ago but with no money in his hand and once again unemployed. He came home as he had gone but he had the experience, skills and the recipe to make a success by playing with milk.

  • May 2009; The Sheetal Mahila Samuha (womens group) constituted by Tharu women in Raikhaliyan village of Dang district have become successful micro-entrepreneurs. They started a mushroom enterprise with an initial investment of Rs. 20,000.00 (US $ 250 approx.) in 2008, through technical and financial support of the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP). They started their mushroom production business from one hut, sized 18 ft x 12 ft.

  • November 2005; Dhan Shree Sherpaja and Jhalmaya Purja are two friends who were involved in household chores in Salija Village Development Committee in Parbat district prior to them being incorporated into the Micro Enterprise Development Program in the district in 1998. They were part of MEDEP's target group i.e. people who were living on the edge of poverty, earning less than four thousand seven hundred rupees annually. Both these friends were involved in household chores, cutting fodder for the cattle and working in the fields where output was little. There was no monetary or economic return for their contribution in the field or washing and cleaning the dishes at home. They were educated enough to read and write but not sufficient to find themselves a job. They were unemployed and had no income to call their own. They were in search for opportunities to put food on the plate for their family in place where there was no economic activity.

  • November 2005; As he sips tea with fellow villagers in a roadside tea stall, Thule Biswokarma wonders how times have changed. There were times when he had to stand outside the hop to get a glass of tea. As he puts the finished glass on the table, he also recalls how he had to wash the glass himself.

  • September 2006; The day is not very far off when majority of rural people will have access to internet connections, with the development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT): a far-fetched dream for many rural boys and girls of Nepal.

  • November 2005; Recently village experts have been developed in villages of Nepal with the help of local authority and the support of UNDP. The villagers that were deprived of any kind of service centres i.e. in health, livestock, agriculture have begun to see few service centres opening up in villages where the Village Development Programmes have been launched by the UNDP Governance Programme.

  • April 2006- 'Unity and a supportive municipality have been the core ingredients of our success.' The pride in Dal Bahadur Chauwan's voice leaves no doubt that he and his fellow citizens feel they have contributed significant changes to their neighborhood.

  • It is a common practice in our society that male members of a family are generally regarded as the breadwinners whereas women members are traditionally confined to looking after the household chores and raising children. However, time and again women seem to be willing to break away from their traditional roles and engage in income generating activities with great deal of diligence and sense of responsibility. A case in point is Blanket Entrepreneurship Committee of ward No. 7, Bagaale Tole of Tribhuvannagar municipality in Dang district in far-western Nepal. This enterprise group comprising of women members has proved that illiterate women are able to generate family income with far better performance records - challenging in many ways a deep rooted notion held that the illiterate women are best suited to only looking after household chores.

  • Among the different themes that UNDP has emphasized upon, women empowerment has begun to be seen in several villages where the Village Development Programme of Local Governance Programme (LGP) has been launched.

  • November 2005; Mr. Govind Bharati is a member of the Setidevi Community Organisation of Kunchok Village Development Committee of Sindhupalanchowk district. He has been involved in incense stick making after participating in a week long training organised by Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP). He has proved how small investment can be very fruitful to increase income. Mr. Bharati says, "I have invested Rs. 18,000 in the incense stick making and I have earned handsome amount from this income generation activity." There is glow in his wrinkled face and seems to be proud to have started his own business rather than request others for help.

  • February 2008; Women from Pakuwa village, Pratibha and Nawabihani community organisation (CO) in Parbat district say, 'Earlier we were shy even to tell our names to a visitor but now we are able to present our achievements with pride.We have been able to take part in income generating activities. It gives us a sense of satisfaction to be able to spend our earnings to look after our family.'

  • March 2008; Kesha Pariyar, a micro-entrepreneur and chairperson of National Micro-enterpreneurs Association takes pride in not only being able to earn her living and looking after the whole family but also being able to become a symbol of inspiration for other women in her community.

  • October 2006; 'We did not know that our baskets could draw so much of interest among the tourists who come to Lumbini,' says Birma Bindravati Tharu, a local resident of Rupandehi, Madhubani village.

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