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The Nepal research programme

It is now eight years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement brought an official end to a decade-long conflict (the ‘People’s War’) between the Nepalese state and Maoist insurgents. Yet peace remains fragile and the construction of a state able to effectively deliver services to its citizens is very much a work in progress. International aid actors’ engagement in Nepal is largely premised around support to state- and peace-building processes, with the 2010–2015 Nepal Peace and Development Strategy developed by donor agencies (including DFID, USAID, the EU and UN agencies) making explicit connections between effective service delivery and state-building. However, little is known about how people have been accessing services and interacting with local-level governance structures in the post-conflict period, which leaves the central premise of donor engagement in Nepal on shaky foundations. Furthermore, the limited evidence we have suggests some significant challenges persist, including: the presence of local political vacuums stemming from an absence of elected local government; weak government and aid interventions in remote rural areas; and uneven inclusion of various conflict-affected groups in formal social protection programmes.

The Nepal research programme seeks to generate usable evidence on livelihoods, service delivery and social protection that will help inform better modes of international engagement in Nepal. The programme is driven by two central research themes, outlined below, and focused geographically on Rolpa and Bardiya – two of the most conflict-affected remote areas in the mid-western hills and Terai – as well as Ilam, a relatively accessible district in the far eastern hills.

The Nepal Research Programme will focus on the following themes:

  1. State-society relations in ‘New’ Nepal: What determines people’s views of the state and how do perceptions affect legitimacy?
  2. Rules of engagement: What can international actors do to improve post-conflict capacity development in Nepal?

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The team

Our SLRC Nepal Research Programme is being led by the National Center for Contemporary in Research (NCCR) based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Contact us

Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti
Nepal Center for Contemporary Research
Ekantakuna, Jawalakhel
GPO Box: 910
Kathmandu
, Nepal
Tel. + 00977 1 555 47 56, 500 00 5
Website: http://www.nccr.org.np/
Email: slrc@odi.org.uk
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Title Author Summary Country Date
Taxation, livelihoods, governance: evidence from Nepal Richard Mallett, Gopikesh Acharya, Georgina Sturge Tax more, but also tax better: that is the central message of this report on taxation in Nepal, where formal taxes appear to be at an all-time low. Nepal 29/01/2016
The drinking water service and users' perceptions of the state in Rolpa, Nepal Gopikesh Acharya, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Annal Tandukar and Paul Harvey Over 96% of Nepalese households can still not access drinking water at home. In this paper, the authors examine what effect this has on users’ views of the government Nepal 02/09/2015
Could do better: Education in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state Annal Tandukar, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya Despite significant investment by the government, quality education still seems to rely on individual leadership. Why? Nepal 25/08/2015
Taking the temperature: Health services in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar Going to a no-fee government district hospital in Nepal can be more expensive than visiting a private clinic. Why? Nepal 25/08/2015
Thirsty for change: Water services in Nepal and users’ perceptions of the state Gopikesh Acharya, Suman Babu Paudel, Annal Tandukar Three quarters of all Nepalese households still have no sanitation. Why? Nepal 25/08/2015
Education services and users’ perceptions of the state in Rolpa, Nepal Annal Tandukar, Sony KC, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya and Paul Harvey Significant progress has been made in rebuilding Nepal's education services post-conflict, but the government’s role in this is not widely understood. In this paper, the authors examine why Nepal 25/08/2015
Health services and users’ perceptions of the state in Rolpa, Nepal Suman Babu Paudel, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar and Paul Harvey Free medicines and basic health services have failed to improve the view of the government in Nepal. In this paper, the authors examine why Nepal 25/08/2015
What does Nepal’s Old Age Allowance mean for the elderly? Evidence from Rolpa Sony KC, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar and Babken Babajanian In Nepal, the Old Age Allowance is an essential lifeline for the elderly, but a series of constraints in its design and implementation are limiting its effectiveness in practice. This briefing paper looks at what should be done to further improve the programme. Nepal 31/10/2014
The Old Age Allowance and perceptions of the state in Rolpa District, Nepal Sony KC, Bishnu Raj Upreti, Suman Babu Paudel, Gopikesh Acharya, Annal Tandukar and Babken Babajanian This working paper explores the Old Age Allowance programme in Nepal, focusing on how it influences people’s views of the state. The paper offers valuable insight into the beneficiaries’ experiences, concerns and priorities and looks at what can be done to improve the Old Age Allowance programme. Nepal 27/10/2014
Gambling on a better future: is international labour migration worth it? Jessica Hagen-Zanker and Richard Mallett Drawing on research carried out in Rolpa district in western Nepal and the districts of Swat and Lower Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in north-western Pakistan, this briefing paper asks: is international labour migration actually working for those people gambling vast amounts of money – and, in some cases, their lives – to participate in it? Nepal 01/10/2014