After a decade of armed conflict, a peace process and eventual promulgation of the Constitution in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, Nepal is transitioning from a unitary state to a federal system of government. In this context, the Foundation supports Nepal’s efforts to strengthen subnational governance, mitigate conflict, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.
Labor migration and the changing workforce
Many of Nepal’s citizens work abroad where they can access higher wages. Though remittances contribute significantly to the national economy, migrant workers suffer due to limited awareness of labor market opportunities, recruitment and migration processes, money management skills and financial literacy. With funding from U.K. DFID, the ILO, and MetLife Foundation, we leveraged mobile and digital platforms, multimedia formats, and live call-in radio to connect migrant workers to financial access points, mobile course materials, and job opportunities. In just one year, 527,000+ individuals accessed these resources directly through their mobile devices, plus 15,000+ viewers per day on social media.
NEWS FROM NEPAL
Independent Impacts and Recovery Monitoring Nepal
On 25 April 2015, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Thousands were killed, tens of thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. A second major earthquake struck less than three weeks later, killing hundreds more and adding to the destruction. National and international aid providers quickly responded with emergency aid. But developing effective plans for long-term sustainable recovery requires knowledge of the needs of the affected, how they evolve over time, and the effectiveness of aid in addressing these needs. The Independent Impacts and Recovery Monitoring Nepal (IRM) project contributes to this by assessing longitudinally five issues through two research components.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
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November 20, 2019
Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2019 Survey of the Afghan People
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – Fall 2019
November 18, 2019
The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank Host Livable Cities Forum
November 15, 2019
Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future
Meet Akshat Singhal and Sohara Mehroze, two of our 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.