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  • 03 Jun 2010
    Irrigation canal brings prosperity

    The 21 households of Guta settlement of Devesthan Village Development Committee in Achham district have greatly benefitted from the irrigation project supported by the UNDP Quick Impact and Peace support Initiative (QIPSI) programme implemented in 2009. Achham is one of the remotest districts of Nepal. It is accessible by automobile from Kathmandu via a paved road that runs along the western border of Nepal from Dhangadi.

  • 07 May 2010
    Drinking water tap changes lives of the rural poor

    The construction of the Utisedi drinking water scheme has brought a big relief to the residents of Tamakot in Kalidanda village of Achham district, a remote settlement, 44 kilometers away from the district headquarters Mangalsen. Due to the availability of the water tap nearby, the villagers are able to keep themselves clean and healthy. There are less chances of suffering from water-borne diseases and the number of people suffering every year from diarrhea has greatly reduced. With the availability of water at accessible distance, people now have also constructed toilets in their houses and sanitation has improved immensely - "all thanks to the support of UNDP Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative (QIPSI) Programme" say the villagers.

  • 07 May 2010
    Sale of rice husk stoves on the rise

    Rice husk stoves have been gaining popularity in the Terai region. Metal Nepal, a Bhairahawa based enterprise with its 60 employers produces 300 stoves in one day under the enterprising leadership of Shekhar Rayamajhi. One rice husk stove is being sold for Rs. 625 thanks to mass scale production. Earlier it used to be sold for Rs. 900. Rayamajhi has sold more than100,000 rice husk stoves in the Terai region in the past one year.

  • 07 May 2010
    Regional conference on the impact of the Global Financial Crisis

    The UNDP Regional Centre for Asia Pacific in collaboration with UNDP Nepal and the National Planning Commission hosted a South Asia conference on the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis and their linkages with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 07 May 2010
    Consultations for the next APHDR on Climate Change kicks off

    The South Asia consultation on the next Asia Pacific Human Development Report (APHDR) on Climate Change took place in Kathmandu from 29-30 April. About 35 participants from nine different countries participated in this workshop. The participants were representatives of governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, civil society, academia, think tanks and media institutions based in the respective sub-region.

  • 06 May 2010
    Microfinance services to be expanded to hills and mountain regions

    The Enhancing Access to Financial Services (EAFS) project was launched on 8 April by Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Bank) in the presence of the representatives from microfinance institutions, donors, development partners and other stakeholders. The project provides grant support to selected microfinance institutions to enable them expand their services in 24 districts in the hills and mountain regions covering 54 out of 75 districts in the country. The major objective is to provide access to affordable financing to very remote areas and poor people.

  • 06 May 2010
    Voter registration piloting exercise completes

    The Election Commission has just completed the voter registration pilot exercise with the new digital photo and fingerprint recognition system in seven Village Development Committees of five districts- Kathmandu, Solukhumbu, Rupendehi, Dang and Dadeldhura with the Danish assistance.

  • 11 Apr 2010
    Gender Issues likely to get prominence in the Constitution

    With one-third women in the Constituent Assembly (CA), the gender issues are likely to get prominence not only in the Constitution, but also in the state mechanism. However, women leaders still believe that their participation in the CA is only a foundation to build a gender equal society and that continuous efforts are required to keep this on the right track.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Communication for empowerment

    The Regional Initiative (Regional Centre Bangkok) conducted a pilot assessment on 'Communication for Empowerment (C4E) of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal'.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Target of reducing poverty likely to be met

    The National Planning Commission with UNDP's assistance is in the process of producing the MDGs Progress Report 2010 and consultations are on the way with the Government, donors, UN Agencies and civil society to finalize the report.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    National Wetland Committee launched

    In an effort to conserve the Wetlands and to ensure their sustainable use, the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MFSC) has finally launched the National Wetland Committee (NWC). The Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands in Nepal project supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and IUCN played a crucial role in making the NWC formation process participatory, inclusive and consultative.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Training to review the draft constitution

    The Support to the Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN) Civil Society Outreach (CSO) initiative organised a four day Master of Trainers Training workshop.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    The Badi women want to be heard!

    Parvati, 18, gathering much courage and confidence in her voice, held the microphone in her hand. She was representing the Badi women community to express their frustrations and desire to live a normal and decent life. The plight of Badi women has been ignored by the state till now. These women now know that the Constitution is being drafted; they want to raise their voice and make their presence felt.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    NHRC proposes for Forensic and Body Exhumation Unit

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is in the process of establishing a Forensic and Body Exhumation unit, developing a pool of experts on the same and also establishing a network of available experts, including those trained by ICRC.

  • 05 Feb 2010
    Discharge and rehabilitation continues

    The discharge, which is scheduled to be completed in seven cantonments across the country by mid February 2010 is part of the 1612 Action Plan signed on 16 December 2009 by the Government of Nepal, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (UCPN-M) and the United Nations. To date, after completing 6 cantonments in Sindhuli, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Ilam, Kailali and Surkhet districts, 2126 young people disqualified from the Maoist army as children or late recruits have been discharged.

  • 09 Jan 2010
    From military to civilian life - first group of minors discharged from Maoist army in Nepal

    A group of young Nepali men and women left their military lives behind and returned to civilian life after a discharge ceremony in the main Maoist army cantonment in Sindhuli in the central region of the country on Thursday, 7 January 2010.

  • 05 Jan 2010
    UN, GoN and UCPN-M sign Action Plan for discharge of minors

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Mr. Rakam Chemjong, Representative of the Secretary General (UNMIN), Ms. Karin Landgren and UCPN Maoist Chairman Mr. Puspa Kamal Dahal witnessed the signing of an Action Plan between the Government of Nepal, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-M) and the United Nations for the discharge of Maoist army personnel disqualified in the United Nations-led verification process in 2007.

  • 05 Jan 2010
    Remittance is a relief but not a long term solution

    Nepal is likely to meet the target of halving the number of people living under extreme poverty (# 1 Millennium Development Goals ) up to 24 per cent of the total population by 2015.

  • 04 Jan 2010
    Community mediation to resolve disputes

    The formal justice system in Nepal suffers from several drawbacks. It is cumbersome, time consuming and expensive, leaving behind a major portion of the marginalized and poor people, deprived from getting access to justice.

  • 07 Dec 2009
    Early recovery works in Sunsari

    Early recovery works are ongoing in the four villages of Sunsari district affected by the Koshi river flood 15 months ago. A total of 7563 families were affected including 1422 landless families.