Issue Papers

Search for Common Ground Nepal, as part of the Singha Durbar Project released six different Issue Papers based on the policy driven initiatives in the country. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and Purusottam Nepal, Secretary and Joint Secretary of Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development (MoFALD) along with Sumitra Manandhar, Democracy and Governance Specialist of USAID, jointly showcased the six Issue Papers and released it formally.

Issue papers on – Agriculture and Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health and Nutrition, Migration and Trafficking, Federalism and Constitution Implementation, and Climate Change were released. Search Nepal is currently working on two more Issue Papers on Education and Local Governance.

Releasing the Issue Papers, Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development (MoFALD), said, “These Policy driven Issue Papers are very helpful in the new federal structure,” adding, “These papers can support in the local development of the Provinces as they can formulate laws and policies on their own.”

Social Cohesion for Stronger Communities (Stories from the field)

Search Nepal’s Quarterly Bulletin (Vol. 7 Issue 11, October to December 2017)

Search Nepal’s Quarterly Bulletin (Vol. 7 Issue 10, July 2017)

Conflict scan – Engaging Youth and Community Leaders to Prevent Mass Atrocities in CAR – July 2017

The project “Engaging Youth and Community Leaders to Prevent Mass Atrocities in the Central African Republic” is operating in a context where conflicts are fueled by political manipulation along ethno-religious lines. Search, with funding from the bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), has therefore proposed a 12-month program to prevent high-risk atrocities between Muslims and Christians in the PK5 and its surrounding areas in Bangui.

The objective of this conflict scan is to ensure the project’s conflict sensitivity and the respect of the Do No Harm principle through an updated comprehension of the main conflicts dynamics in the project’s implementation areas in Bangui (Fatime, Miskine, Yakité, and PK5). The report shows the absence – in the respondents’ answers – of the Séléka and Anti Balaka as principal actors of conflicts. Participants are now mentioning the local level conflicts more than the crisis of 2013. Indeed, the analysis revealed that the main issues leading to conflicts within the population are related to access to services (including electricity, water and waste management issues), domestic conflicts, power dynamics, political conflicts (with an ethnic component), and to some extent to religious discrimination. Simultaneously, there is another type of land conflict increasing within the Muslim community between the current inhabitants of PK5 and the displaced people coming back after the crisis. The conflicts related to access to services, power dynamics and domestic issues have the highest risk and degree of violence, but conflicts related to land disputes, religious discrimination, and politics are volatile conflicts that stir up tension and could cause national and regional explosions of violence. Among other recommendations, the report highly advises to coordinate with community leaders, local authorities, and other NGOs intervening in the sector of social cohesion to organize “Town hall meetings” in order to find inclusive solutions to local problems.

Perception Study – June 2016 – 2nd Perception Study on public sector reform and population priorities in terms of reform in Guinea

The objective of this project financed by the World Bank was to strengthen government leadership and strategic capacity to lead critical reforms in public finance and human resources management as well as to improve public services by engaging civil society in this process. A preliminary study was carried out before the project was launched to collect the public’s perception of reforms undertaken since 2013 so as to guide the planning of project activities. Eight months after the completion of certain activities, Search carried out a second study to measure the level of progress in meeting the objectives of component 2 of the project. This study was carried out with three specific objectives in mind: i) inform Search and partners on the public perceptions and opinions on structural reforms in the public sector, as well as on social inclusion and justice; ii) to gather data on the public’s expectations in regards to these issues; and iii) to guide the strategic planning and implementation of actions to promote social cohesion and national unity in Guinea. The evaluation employed a mixed methods approach, consisting of qualitative (12 Focus Group Discussions, 12 Key Informant Interviews and literature review,) and quantitative data (survey targeted a total of 187 people). This opinion survey covered the administrative centers of the eight administrative regions.

This second opinion survey shows an improvement in the proportion of citizens who are aware of public sector reforms and reform priorities. The main lessons learned from this second edition are that citizens resident in the country are better informed about the reforms than those in Conakry; disparity among men and women in regards to knowledge on reform policies; in general, programs are not known by their names but rather by their contents; and, while radio remains the main source of information on reforms in general, among young people, this also includes the internet and social networks.

Search – Nepal: 2016 Annual Report

Read about our programs and achievements in Nepal over the course of 2016!