Search – Nepal: 2016 Annual Report

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

Former Nepali combatant picks a new fight… against gender inequality

After the Nepalese Civil War ended, Dambara was left with nothing— until our training turned her into an activist for women’s rights.

Defying fear: a Nepali woman’s dream to don the uniform

Mamta grew up fearing police officers — until she participated in our football clinic and met some of them on the pitch.

Reel Truth: a new portrayal of LGBT characters in Nepal

Most media and advocacy campaigns on LGBT rights in Nepal highlight the problems, not the successes of LGBT people. Our local team is changing that.

Classy Awards 2017: Search Honored as Leading Innovator

Three of our programs are among the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2017!

State of Access to Security and Justice in Terai-Madhesh

This is the report of the situation assessment of the “State of Access to Security and Justice in Terai-Madhesh of Nepal.” Search for Common Ground (SFCG), in partnership with the Centre for Legal Research Resource Development (CeLRRd), Human Rights and Community Development Academy Nepal (HUCODAN), and Centre for Security and Justice Studies (CSJS), is implementing an innovative 4-year project entitled Pahunch (Access): Strengthening the Poor and Marginalized Communities’ Access to Justice and Security in Nepal. It aims to improve security and access to justice for poor and marginalized communities, specifically women, in Nepal. The district assessment draws firsthand information from respondents of the 8 projects districts in the Eastern, Central, Western and Midwestern regions of Nepal about their experiences and impression of the access to security and justice system in Nepal. This report also provides some recommendations on how can the access to security and justice to marginalized communities, including women, could be improved in the region.

Singha Durbar: Creating Possibilities for Collaborative Political Culture in the Public Imagination (Findings from the Viewership Survey 2016)

This is the viewership survey report of the SFCG Nepal produced Television Series Singh Durbar. The overarching theme of TV drama is good governance and leadership. It depicts how an inclusive government can function well during challenging times and highlight how various arms of the government actually address important issues by presenting a model of collaborative leadership that is able to resolve differences without violence. The fictional government in the media, both on TV and in radio dramas, is tackling nationally-relevant issues within a framework of good governance and rule of law. Some critical issues affecting Nepal, including climate change, food security, health, human trafficking, gender, and social inclusion have been addressed by fictional government depicted in the mass media.

The findings from the viewership survey demonstrate that the television drama was very successful and had a notable impact on thoughts and attitudes of the people who watched the program. However, the impact of the program has not been uniform as various groups in Nepal have responded differently to the issues and topics depicted in the drama. However, there was a high degree of consensus across all variables such as leadership, good governance, the importance of citizen-government collaboration in development, and an increased interest in local and central government processes.