PAHUNCH: STRENGTHENING ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN NEPAL

Pahunch (“Access” in Nepali) is a 4-year project funded by DFID. It aims to identify and address the gaps within the security and justice system in Nepal, strengthen the rule of law, create access to justice for poor and marginalized communities, and create an environment of mutual trust between the security sector and citizens.

Our local partners include the Centre for Legal Research and Resource Development, the Human Rights and Community Development Academy of Nepal, and the Centre for Security and Justice Studies.

As part of Pahunch, we have developed a popular 13-episode reality TV show, broadcast by Nepali TV. The first season of the show improved trust between police and citizens and provided a unique opportunity for positive branding for the Nepal Police. According to Inspector General Upendra Kant Aryal, Pahunch successfully showed  that “the police cannot function without the support of the public.”