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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

  • In pursuit of justice

    Sunita 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.

  • Ward Citizens Forum- bottom-up approach for inclusive development
  • Empowering women to strengthen local governance...
  • The 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.

  • Community Mediation Centres become popular
  • UNDP supports training of 64 new women VDC Secretaries among others
  • Citizen charters play increasingly important role in partner municipalities

    November 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.

  • Online links replacing paper in Nepal municipality

    A 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.

  • GIS proves boon for planners

    November 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.

  • Election Observation Resource Centre re-established

    February 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.

  • EORC rapidly advances preparation for the CA election

    March 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 .

  • April 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.

  • An improved madrasa' a peace dividend for a religious minority

    March 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.

  • Women in the far-west looking forward for more to happen

    July 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.

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