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  • In pursuit of justiceIn pursuit of justiceMar 19, 2015Sunita Chaudhary, 35, of Darakh VDC-5 in Kailali district was a victim of domestic abuse, and suffered from the same helplessness and insecurity that many women in Nepal are faced with as a result of gender inequality in household matters. Finally, after being thrown out of her home, along with her son, Sunita sought help.

  • Building safer communities Building safer communities Jul 22, 2014At the Citizen Awareness Center hall in Prastoka VDC, Bara district, a group of people are gathered to discuss women’s safety and security issues in the village. A facilitator asks some basic questions, “Where do you feel unsafe in your VDC?” and “What changes would help you feel safer?”

  • Mobile Legal Clinics bring justice at the door stepMobile Legal Clinics bring justice at the door stepJul 22, 2014December 2010; Lack of efficient justice system makes it difficult for the people especially in the rural areas of Nepal to avail justice on time and in the prolonged process makes it very expensive also.

  • Nepalese voted to elect an Assembly to write a new constitutionNepalese voted to elect an Assembly to write a new constitutionJul 22, 201419, November 2013: On Tuesday voters in Nepal cast their ballot in another round of Constituent Assembly (CA) election in a bid to formulate a new constitution and form a stable government.

  • Model sub health post for safer and healthier lifeModel sub health post for safer and healthier lifeJul 22, 2014December 2010; The Badalamjee village located at a distance of 16 kms from the district headquarters of Dailekh was suffering due to lack of proper health services. The patients, mainly the pregnant mothers suffered during child birth due to the dilapidated condition of the old sub health post lacking basic facilities such as electricity, water, proper delivery room and the irregular presence of health attendants.

  • Need for safe drinking water brings along inclusionNeed for safe drinking water brings along inclusionJul 22, 2014August 2010; Jaidhan settlement of Kuntibandali, one of the acute water diarrhoea affected villages among the 15 Village Development Committees of Achham'one of the remote districts of Nepal, now has access to clean drinking water.

  • Empowering the socially excludedEmpowering the socially excludedJul 22, 2014February 2010; The 'Agricultural and Professional Tools Producing Factory' lead by Raju Biswakarma, 28, in Tukuche, Kavrepalanchowk is earning anywhere between Rs 120,000 - Rs 200,000 a month.

  • Public Private Partnership for greener environmentPublic Private Partnership for greener environmentJul 22, 2014September 2009; The garbage collectors are active from 6 o'clock in the morning in Hatkhola Chowk, the residential area of Biratnagar municipality. The collectors work for the Forum for Social Improvement and Environmental Development (FoSIED)' a private sector company working with the municipality to manage the solid waste. The population of Biratnagar is 1,80,138 and 60 metric tonnes of garbage are produced every day. The garbage collectors work for 4 hours daily to collect garbage from market places and residential areas.

  • Doko library' new public information initiativeDoko library' new public information initiativeJul 22, 2014September 2009; The Jana Utthan Public Library of Palpa district has adopted a new and interesting way of making the information materials accessible to the general public. The books are now being carried in doko by the potters to certain areas where people can assemble and read.

  • Women in the far-west looking forward for more to happenWomen in the far-west looking forward for more to happenJul 22, 2014July 2009; Gajari, a village located in one of the remote green hills of Baitadi district in the far-west Nepal looks serene and beautiful from afar. However, life for the people of this village is one hundred years behind. It is one of the many backward villages where almost 100% women are illiterate. Only the old, the women and children are left in the village as 90% of the men are working in India or elsewhere as migrant labourers. They go in search of work because the yield from their small fields is not sufficient to feed the family for 12 months.

  • Tackling with urban sanitationTackling with urban sanitationJul 22, 2014July 2009; With the fast growing population in Kathmandu and its surrounding districts, urban sanitation has become a huge problem.

  • An improved madrasa' a peace dividend for a religious minorityAn improved madrasa' a peace dividend for a religious minorityJul 22, 2014March 2009; Children aged between 5 and 15 years are reciting the holy Quran in their madrasa (Muslim school) in Tulsiyahi Nikash village, Dhanusha. Since 2007 this madrasa has been housed in a new building constructed with support from UNDP's Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative programme (QIPSI). Until then the school had been based in a rented room as the Government had not responded to the community's many pleas to improve the school. Neither was the school officially recognised'meaning that it could not follow the regular curriculum.

  • CCD, a hub for knowledge networkCCD, a hub for knowledge networkJul 22, 2014February 2009; The Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) in three weeks time since its opening has already hosted approximately 650 visitors, most of them being the members of Constituent Assembly and civil society. Until now, 92 CA members have signed up for the computer training and 75 have signed up for Basic English training. These classes are expected to start in March 2009.

  • Addressing the petrolemum price hike from the hot seatJul 22, 2014

  • Government replicates performace based grant systemJul 22, 2014April 2008; The Government of Nepal (GoN) has decided to replicate the performance based grant system in all 75 District Development Committees linking the results of the performance assessment with its own development grant.

  • EORC rapidly advances preparation for the CA electionEORC rapidly advances preparation for the CA electionJul 22, 2014March 2008; The Electoral Observation Resource Centre(EORC), established in early February 2008 to assist the Election Commission, is coordinating the observation work for domestic and international electoral observation groups. The EORC is serving as a clearing house and centralized repository of essential election-related information and resource materials. It has, so far, accredited more than 600 international electoral observers and 43,000 domestic observers .

  • Election Observation Resource Centre re-establishedElection Observation Resource Centre re-establishedJul 22, 2014February 2008; With the new date for the Constituent Assembly(CA) election rescheduled for 10 April 2008, the Election Commission (EC) has requested UNDP to re-open the 'Electoral Observation Resource Centre,' as a matter of urgency.

  • Citizen charters play increasingly important role in partner municipalitiesCitizen charters play increasingly important role in partner municipalitiesJul 22, 2014November 2005; The growth of urban area of Nepal over the recent years has brought about corresponding challenges in urban governance. As the crucial relationship between good governance and development become ever more apparent, there is an urgent need on part of the development agencies to focus more on enhancing the capabilities of local governance. The transparency attributes of good governance has many ramifications that touch upon discipline accountability and efficiency aspects of local government functions.

  • GIS proves boon for plannersGIS proves boon for plannersJul 22, 2014November 2005; Slowly but steadily, the Geographical Information System (GIS) is making its mark on the country as an indispensable tool for planning and decision-making.

  • Pilot district courts aim to strengthen Nepal's judicial systemJul 22, 2014The Supreme Court of Nepal has appointed 11 district judges to four pilot district courts, a key step in a judicial reform project supported by UNDP.

  • Online links replacing paper in Nepal municipalityOnline links replacing paper in Nepal municipalityJul 22, 2014A digital pace is starting to replace the rhythm of filing paper forms and stamping documents for a long queue of people at the municipal offices in Bharatpur, a town of 90,000 in central Nepal.

  • Empowering women to strengthen local governance...Empowering women to strengthen local governance...Jul 22, 2014

  • UNDP supports training of 64 new women VDC Secretaries among othersUNDP supports training of 64 new women VDC Secretaries among othersJul 22, 2014

  • Ward Citizens Forum- bottom-up approach for inclusive developmentWard Citizens Forum- bottom-up approach for inclusive developmentJul 22, 2014

  • Community Mediation Centres become popularCommunity Mediation Centres become popularJul 22, 2014

  • Civil society groups in Nepal endorse the Millennium Development GoalsApr 2, 2013Nepalese civil society organizations meeting in Kathmandu recently pledged to support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to monitor both their own and the Government's activities in doing so.

  • A Nepal district puts old records to new digital usesA Nepal district puts old records to new digital usesApr 2, 2013Old records used to lie in dusty corners in Kanchanpur, a district in far-west Nepal. Now they have become part of the digital revolution. Kanchanpur is one of the areas in this mountainous country most dedicated to using information technology to modernize public administration and promote local development.