Completed Projects



1.Support for Inclusive and Accountable Peace Project (2013-2015)

Key services provided:

  • 727 episodes of radio program, focused on the minority rights, constitution writing, and governance, were produced and aired with over 1,201 representatives from various backgrounds at the district and national level took part in the radio programs ranging from CA members, government agency officials, political leaders, media, minority leaders and other civil society actors.

  • 7 national-level workshops were organized during the project period besides the production and broadcasting of one television program participated by 795 representatives from various walks of life. The workshops were centered on contemporary issues of minorities in line with national level political developments.

  • 6 quarterly coordination meeting, in each of the 10 project districts, were organized, participated by 1,118 government and non-government organizations at the districts. The quarterly coordinating meetings were meant to be providing a common and open forum for the government and non- government organizations for coordinating various stakeholders for outreach efforts.

  • 80 events, under 8 broader themes, of quarterly outreach campaigns in the 10 project districts, were organized bringing about 1,118 organizations together to design and organize campaigns mobilizing over 2,291 community members and organizations on a voluntary base. Over 48,973 individuals from 50 project VDCs in 10 districts directly benefitted from the campaigns resulting into regular access to public services.

  • Similarly, after the devastating earthquake, 3 of the worst earthquake affected districts; Sindhuli, Ramechhap and Okhaldhunga, supported the government’s efforts in organizing VDC level consultations on the post-earthquake issues. Over 1,590 local government and nongovernment organizations and community groups in the working VDCs were coordinated to prioritize and focus on immediate needs in of the relief and reconstruction works. Over 33,251 earthquake victims directly benefitted by the earthquake victims registration campaigns, organized in coordination with the local government agencies.

  • Besides, a capacity building training-cum-workshop on human rights based approach to post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction was also organized in Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Dolakha and Okhaldhunga districts. Over 118 representatives, including 40 women, from DDRC and disaster focused other organizations were provided with tools and knowledge about key disaster focused human rights lens applicable to different phases of the reconstruction.

  • 6,636 organizations directly benefitted from the resource-cum-information center in the 10 project districts. The centers have been running with two main facilities- to provide a one-stop space for minority-related information and update at the district level and to provide a common and open space for interaction and meetings.

  • “Localizing Peace Mechanisms” training was organized in each of the 10 project districts which brought together 266 participants from Local Peace Committee (LPC), District Chapter of NAP 1325 & 1820 and some selected peace and human rights organizations. Likewise, another training was organized on Mainstreaming GESI in Peace and Human Rights Works aiming at equipping the peace and human rights organizations with practical tools and techniques to mainstream GESI in their work. 295 participants from various peace, human rights and minority-focused organizations benefitted from the events.

 


 

2. Inclusion of Minority Groups for Sustainable Peace in Nepal (2010-2012)

Key services provided:

  • 215 minority leaders received capacity building training on State Restructuring and Minority Rights during 15th December 2010 to 12 January 2011 at 7 different locations in Terai. The training improved the skills of minority leaders and activists in minority rights, state restructuring, federalism and minority participation during transition.

  • 5 regional level workshops on State Restructuring and Minority Rights, organized during 7-16 January, 2012 at 5 different locations in Terai, provided common platform to 223 dominant and minority leaders and stakeholders of 23 districts to discuss the controversial yet very significant issues of state restructuring. The workshops established and promoted inter/intra-group discussion required for making informed decision on state restructuring.Key recommendations of the workshops were submitted to almost all CA members. Report of the workshop was highly appreciated for being first of its kind in bringing dominant and minority together in to discuss specific and common agendas of state restructuring.

  • 119 events of community/public discussion were organized throughout the rural and semi/urban areas of the project districts. The discussion raised understanding about the needs, rights and issues of minority group leading to their meaningful participation in peace and constitution writing process. The discussions reached over 3454 stakeholders from dominant and minority communities in project districts.

  • Similarly, 119 episodes of fortnightly radio program in local, regional and national language were also broadcasted. The radio programs focused at the highlight of community discussions and also facilitated the direct link between the policy makers and the minority population. Regional partners had several requests from the communities to intervene and facilitate in resolving their issues.

  • SUPPORT co-sponsored an international symposium on Ethnicity and Federalization organized by the Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology (CDSA), TU on 22-25 April, 2011 in Kathmandu. The Symposium provided interactive space to stakeholders to discuss whether or not, or to what extent, ethnicity provide the best possible platform for a federal structure for a new, in the making, state of Nepal. More than 300 participants discussed on 25 presentations made during the symposium; 13 international and 12 national, on non/ethnic dimensions of federalism.

  • 40 episodes of weekly TV soap-cum- talk program were produced and broadcasted in a national level satellite TV channel. More than 36 issues of minority groups were analyzed from minority rights perspective, discussed and broadcasted. More than 12 episodes were produced based on ground realities of more than 10 Terai districts. The TV program was first of its kind to raise minority rights issues in national TV channel. The program highlighted hidden and ignored issues of minorities. The program can be watched atwww.youtube.com/user/SUPPORTNepal

  • Likewise, 19 feature articles were published by a national newspaper on minority issues discussed during the TV programs. 19 TV episodes were covered by a national newspaper (partnered with SUPPORT) with average of 60,000 subscribers on weekly basis.


3. Constitutional Roundtable on Protecting Minority Rights in Federal System (2012)

Key services provided:

    • With an aim to provide an interactive space for policy makers, leaders, researchers and practitioners working in the field of protecting and promoting minority rights in federal countries to share experiences and successful approaches of minority rights protection in federalism, SUPPORT organized a Constitutional Roundtable on the Protection of Minority Rights in Federal System in Kathmandu, Nepal on 25-26 March, 2012.

    • 65 representatives from Madheshi, OBC, Muslim, Indigenous Nationalities, women, Dalit, persons with disability, sexual, linguistic and religious minorities and the Chair of the Minority & Marginalized Communities Rights Protection Committee, members of the political parties, civil society and journalists participated in the roundtable.

    • The roundtable provided an interactive forum to explore ways for more effective and sustainable safeguard mechanisms so that minorities will be neither marginalized at the center nor at the level of federal units. The roundtable also provided exposure to the challenges and mitigation approaches related to minority rights during transitional periods, providing a bigger picture of protection mechanisms and instruments of incorporating wider minority groups’ concern and rights under the federalization process in Nepal.

    • The roundtable was inaugurated by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Children and provided in depth discussion over 9 papers presented during the roundtable.

    • 3 international and 6 national experts/practitioners presented their papers/presentations on different topics of minority rights protection in federal systems. Among them, Mohna Ansari presented Ensuring Rights the Minority Women through Positive Discrimination, Dr. Madan Pariyar presented Changing Context of Dalits in Nepal, Dr. J. Wickramaratne presented Sri Lanka: Experiences and Perspectives, Dr. Ram Dayal Rakesh presentedMinority Rights in Nepal: Linguistic Perspective, Agit Mirzoev and Alexandra Delemenchuk presented Protection of Minority Rights: European Experiences, Professor Dmitri Dubrovsky presented Minority in Russian Constitution: Principles of Minority Rights Protection, Professor Krishana Hachhethu presented Ethnic Assertion for Political Space in Federal Nepal, Dr. A.R.Mikrani presented Development of Madheshi, Muslim and OBC Communitiesand Lalbabu Pandit presented Proposals of Minority Rights Protection in New Constitution.

    • At the end, the roundtable was concluded with 14-point Kathmandu Declaration which was handed over to the Speaker of the Constituent Assembly on 27th March, 2012. He expressed his gratitude to SUPPORT Nepal and urged to continue the effort of pressurizing the stakeholders though peaceful means.

    • The Declaration focused on identity, protection and representation of person belonging to minority groups in Nepal. It also emphasized that minorities not only need equality but also a fair share of power sharing.


4. National Census 2011 Citizen Observation Project (2011-2012)

Key services provided:

  • Organization of an one-day national level consultation workshop on 12th June, 2011 in Lalitpur. The consultation workshop highlighted the needs and importance of independent observation by MINEs in the census process and brought together stakeholders from variety of fields. Participants emphasized on the importance of citizen observation to contributing in census acceptability and credibility.

  • Development of an Observation Guideline in Nepali language. Divided in 6 chapters, the guideline consisted of, Tips for observers, Checklists for enumerators, supervisors, household, interview observation, District Census Officer, and members of DSCC, Code Sheet, Assigned caste/ethnicity for the district and municipality/VDCs, Observers’ Field Plan and Household Listing Format.

  • 90 observers were selected from MINEs group to train on census observation. Organization of 2-day training on Census Observation on 10-11 June 2011.

  • 80 trained citizen observers were mobilized to observer the national census took place on 17-27 June, 2011. 80 local assistants were hired and mobilized to assist the observers in their respective VDCs/district. The social composition of the observers: women: 37%, Dalit: 16%, Janjati: 49%, Madheshi: 14%, PWDs: 4%, Muslim: 9%, Brahman/Chhetri: 24%, LGBT: 7%[1].

  • Radio PSA was produced appealing the MINEs to participate in the census process to be held during 17-27 June, 11. The radio PSA was re-produced in local languages and broadcasted through local FM stations in 72 districts throughout the country. Similarly, a TV PSA was also produced and broadcasted through Nepal Television during the enumeration period. 2 episodes of TV talk show were hosted at Kantipur TV that brought together key stakeholders such as the CBS authorities and discussed on census process.

  • Mobilization of a 21-member monitoring and supervision to monitor the census observation work at the fields. The members of the team were consisting of NAC members including CA members, NSC and other related professionals. 54 census districts were covered by the monitoring and supervision team.

  • A 7-member team of experts on population and MINEs was mobilized for rapid assessment. 31 FGD, 85 KII were conducted during the assessment, in 14 sample districts.

  • Organization of a one day Post Observation Review Workshop in Kathmandu on 6th July 2011. Observers shared the experiences and updates from field observation in their respective districts.

  • Mobilization of 3 experts of review the overall census process with focus on institutional set up, data generating principles and processes in the PHC 2011, and inclusion.

  • Organization of a one-day interaction on 9th Sept 2011 to coordinate dialogue between CBS and MINEs and population professionals on data processing and analysis.

  • Organization of a one-day interaction on 10th November 2011 to coordinate dialogue between CBS and MINEs and population professionals on data processing and on the Preliminary Report of National Census 2011.

  • Printing and dissemination of National Census 2011 Citizen Observation Report in Nepali and English. The report consisted of the findings from desk review, field observation, rapid assessment and feedbacks collected from stakeholders.

  • Organization of a one day dissemination workshop on 29th of February 2012. Focus of the dissemination workshop was to share the findings and disseminate report among wider audiences including government line agencies, CBS, NPC, MINEs networks and organizations and media representatives.


5. Ensuring Inclusion of Minority Rights Provisions in New Nepali Constitution (2009-2010)

Key services provided:

  • Status of minority groups in Nepal was analyzed and findings and recommendations were published in, Nepalese Minority Groups; Struggle for Identity and Representation.

  • Training manual, Minority Rights and Advocacy Skills, was published prior to conducting regional level training to 210 minority rights activists representing 19 Terai districts. Seven 4-day training were organized to strengthen their capacity in advocating minority issues and in participating meaningfully in the constitution making process.

  • Seven regional level networks of minority organizations were formed representing Dalits, Madheshi, women, religious and linguistic groups from 19 Terai districts. 210 organizations were included in 7 regional minority networks. Network members organized various activities to raise awareness on minority issues, create pressure at policy makers and build consensus among different minority groups on the issues to be incorporated in the new constitution.

  • 19 district-level and 7 regional level workshops were organized by the network members to discuss minority issues and provide feedback on first draft of the MMCRPC under the CA. Besides, street drama, signature campaigns and rally was organized in 13 out of 19 project districts to raise awareness on minority issues and constitution making process in Nepal. More than 6086 people directly participated and benefitted from these activities planned under advocacy campaigns.

  • 140 public discussions were made in rural areas of 19 Terai districts mostly isolated and remote from district headquarters. The discussions were very effective in identifying minority issues, which led in production of 140 episodes of radio program bringing 160 CA members from the concerned constituencies expressing their commitment to lobby the issues in relevant committee of the CA.

  • A national workshop was organized at Dhulikhel on 26-28 March 2010 with 68 participants from various fields. Minority rights activists from 19 Terai districts spent ample amount of time and efforts in discussing issues of minorities and required actions to promote minority rights with 14 CA members and 18 journalists. Consensus was made over common issues of minority groups which was translated in the language of feedback on first draft of the MMCRPC. 16-point National Declaration of Minorities was issued on March 28, 2010 which was later handed over to the Speaker of the CA, Rt. Subhash Chandra Nembang. Various political parties including U-CPN Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML attended the hand over ceremony. Mr. Nembang assured to bring the issues to the concerned committee of the CA.

  • 2500 copies of Issues of Minorities in New Nepali Constitution was published in Nepali and disseminated among CA members and other stakeholders of Nepal’s peace process.

  • Four quarterly newsletters, Minority Voice, were published disseminating information of project activities and minority rights issues.

  • A video documentary, Constitution for Rights, was prepared covering Nepal’s peace process, issue of minority groups, emerging conflict among minority groups and radicalization of identity and rights-focused movement, and how EIMPNC activities contributed in bringing different groups together and built consensus and solidarity over issues to be incorporated in new constitution. Approximately 20-minute video documentary is in Nepali language with sub title in English.


6. Promoting Enterprise-based Solutions from SWM Management in Janakpur Municipality (2010)

Key services provided:

  • 467 community members through 15 community committees were trained and mobilized for improving SWM management system at the community level and promoting green jobs.

  • 314 Eco Club members trained and mobilized for raising awareness on environment issues including climate change.

  • Public message on environmental issues produced and aired through local FM stations and print media.

  • 401 community members, local government agencies representatives and political parties leaders participated in community awareness raising campaigns.

  • Clean volunteers were trained and mobilized for keeping neighborhood clean by mobilizing local resources and technologies for solid waste collection, separation and disposal.

  • Demonstration on waste-bio gas, community composting, bio-briquette, and vermin composting conducted at public sites to raise community awareness on waste as a resource.

  • Local youth clubs and entrepreneurs trained and provide with technical support to start waste-based enterprises.


7.  Communities for Peace and Reintegration in Dhanusha (2008-2009)

Key services provided:

  • More than 1230 CSOs trained and mobilized for promoting peace at the community level.

  • Approximately 600 signatures collected and were handed over to the President of Nepal, Rt. Honorable Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. He assured about raising the concerns as mentioned in the campaign to the concerned officials such as the Ministry for Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

  • Approximately 2000 people participated in various peace campaigns through rally and other activities of International Peace Day.

  • 10 VDCs population were provided with information and documents about rights issues, constituent assembly, and other key services being provided by various service providers at the district level.

  • Registration of conflict victims at the local administration, compilation and availability of VDC Offices’ Citizen Charter/s at the peace centers, health, school and other services and the name and contact details of the these providers at the peace centers were contributed tremendously bridging the information gap at the local level. More than 2190 persons were outreached through the mobile CPC and 1200 rural population visited the CPC during project period.

  • The project also facilitated the issuance of 187 citizenship, 64 birth and 91 marriage certificates inside the project VDCs.

  • 90 sessions of ward level meetings were held in 10 project VDCs that led to the formation of 10 Community Action Group (CAG). 1329 persons were involved in implementing micro projects benefiting more than 10000 rural populations.

  • Detail information about 139 persons killed during armed conflict in Nepal were collected and verified. After verification and registration, family members of 139 persons killed during armed conflict received compensation package from the MoPR.

  • 96 conflict victims were provided with micro grants to start their own micro enterprises.

  • 10 rural schools were provided with technical and financial support to improve their education facilities and teaching environment. 191 children affected by the conflict were provided with scholarship support/material support.

  • 10 rural health posts were provided with technical and financial support to improve their health service delivery facilities. The project contributed to improve the life standard of more than 9421 rural populations directly from the project activities and thousands others from improved education and health service delivery mechanisms and facilities.


8. Civic Education for Constituent Assembly Election (2007-2008)

Key services provided:

  • Training manual on Voter Education for Constituent Assembly election prepared in Nepali and Maithili.

  • Training to 2250 people representing political parties, human rights organizations, professional organizations, student unions, trade unions, and journalists.

  • Monitoring of the Constituent Assembly election in Dhanusha.


9. Promoting Voices of voice-less for conflict-resolution and Empowerment (2008)

Key services provided:

  • 16 issues, concerns, demands of the people identified, raised, discussed and promoted among 2916 people representing academia, human rights defenders, politicians, intellectuals and the community members.

  • Issues of the conflict victims widely heard, and facilitated to be addressed with concerned authorities and representatives of the Constituent Assembly election.

  • Issues, demands, concerns raised were documented and disseminated/circulated for wider coverage/influence and replication. 1000 stickers, 1000 audio files and 1000 booklets were designed, published and disseminated to civil society, conflict victims, human rights activists, media, RLG members, CA members and the rural population.


10. Advocacy Campaign on UN SCR 1325 in Terai (2007-2008)

Key services provided:

  • Advocacy kit for Media’s Role in Promoting UN SCR 1325 developed and 210 media persons trained in seven districts of Eastern and Central Terai.

  • Information leaflet on UN SCR 1325 designed and published in Nepali.

  • Master ToT manual was designed, published in Nepali and 239 women rights activists trained.

  • Action Plan on The Women of Terai in Peace Process was prepared and published in English, Maithili and Nepali.

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[1] Percentage may exceed 100 due to multiple identities of the observers.