Apr 2015
Following the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake and the multiple aftershocks, we have received a lot of offers for volunteering and requests from people who want to make contributions. We have been engaging in knowledge management, quelling rumors through social media and helping coordinating people who are working in disaster relief.  Read more
May 2015
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal was one that many had anticipated, although there was little strategic planning or advance preparation. The youthful tectonic plate wrinkle called the Himalayas was long overdue to shake up the region. Read more
May 2015
The physically affected areas of an earthquake exercise an almost hypnotic effect on relief organizations. The needs are so glaringly obvious and overwhelming that it seems something of a diversion to look at non-affected areas. But in the case of a disaster hitting the capital or major city, there are repercussions for the whole country. Central government administrative and other service delivery is inevitably weakened. Below are some recommendations and lessons for Nepal from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Read more
May 2015
On May 01, 2015, the Minister of Finance made a statement allowing registered NGOs to be engaged in relief work by receiving development relief and funds intended for relief victims. While it is encouraging to hear such a statement, as we have seen in the past, issues tend to emerge at the time of renewal of NGOs, audits and submission of records to tax offices. What is needed is therefore a clear circular released by the Government providing clarification on key issues. Read more
May 2015
The 2015 Nepal earthquake is comparable to the 2010 Haiti earthquake in terms of magnitude, destruction as well as response from the international community. The experiences in Haiti can act as lessons, as Nepal makes strides in terms of relief and moves towards rehabilitation and reconstruction following this natural disaster. The experiences in Haiti have been both positive and negative, and Nepal has a lot to learn from them. Read more
May 2015
The major earthquake on April 25, 2015 has inspired the country to work towards rebuilding it in unity. This inspiration is particularly essential to transform damages from the earthquake into strengths. The biggest positive from this experience has been the growing national unity. Read more
Sep 2015
The Nepal Constitution promulgated on 20 September 2015 marks a historical end to a seven-year transition that began after the popular uprising against an absolute monarchy in April 2006. The Constitution formally declares Nepal as a Federal Democratic Republic and accepts secularism. This Constitution is the seventh one since 1950 when the autocratic 104 year Rana regime came to an end, and the first constitution was written by a Constituent Assembly elected by its citizens. Read more
Nov 2015
Seven months since the April earthquake, reconstruction in Nepal is yet to begin. While political disagreements have stymied the formation of a reconstruction authority with the mandate to fast-track reconstruction efforts, the prolonged unrest in the Tarai and the acute shortage of essentials and fuel have further delayed the process. With the looming uncertainty around reconstruction, donors are becoming increasingly wary of pouring in the support they pledged back in June. Read more
Feb 2016
Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the first hints of the impact of the blockade on the lake city can be picked up in the form of the unusually thin traffic along the highway. There is a visible drop in the number of Pokhara-bound private vehicles, microbuses and other tourist buses, while most eateries along the highway look relatively empty. Read more