Project title: Evidence based Policy Debate on Land Use Changes in Nepal
Name of client: Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Duration: January 2012- February 2013
Area Coverage: Nepal
Main features of the project/assignment: Understanding issues related to land use changes, policy analysis
Summary of the Project: The overall objective is to promote informed political debate on Land Use Changes in context of large scale land acquisition, by generating scientific evidence on land use pattern and land grabbing phenomenon, local perspectives on land grabbing, and resistance/responses of social movements in Nepal. Whereas, specific objectives are: To understand land use changes and pattern in context of large scale land acquisition-or land grab in Nepal; To examine land grabbing phenomenon especially mechanism and path ways of foreign and domestic land grabbing, underlying causes and their purpose etc in Nepal; To understand local perspective on land grabbing on possible resource conflict, threats to livelihood and food security, land disputes etc in the context to ongoing debates of land reform; and to facilitate informed policy debate on the implications of land use changes in Nepal.
To achieve the above mentioned objectives activities like desk study, field based research, policy dialogues, media related activities and others will be conducted involving concerned stakeholders, experts, researchers etc. After exploring and identifying evidences and promoting evidence based policy debates with these diverse stakeholders, it will fosters common understanding and social learning on ‘how land resource is being utilized and exploited, who is being/to be benefited from large scale land acquisition. On the one hand, it will facilitate informed policy reform in context of land grabbing and land use changes. Not only policy reform, it will also inform ongoing social movements with substance and evidence on grabbing and then these movements will further be shaped to respond to minimize any risks in future on the other hand. Hence, it would create a valid bases and evidence to debate of state restructuring in Nepal.
Project title: Preparation of Thirteen Point Action Plan for the Implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Land Reform Commission
Name of client: MoLRM, Oxfam, CSRC
Duration: January 2012- June 2012
Area Coverage: Kathmandu
Main features of the project/assignment: Policy Intervention, advocacy and formulation for implementation of land reform.
Summary of the Project: Government of Nepal Prime minister’s office and Ministry of Finance has set few top priorities where land reform in which concrete work plan has to be prepared. They are: i) formulating Land-Use policy, ii) Work plan on Scientific Land Reform will be made on two land reform commission’s report and implement with in Baisakh 2069 BS.
The major objective of this programme is to formulate work plan based on reports of two land reform commission on Scientific Land Reform through informed analysis and debate with stakeholder consulate.
For this, Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM) had formally requested COLARP to provide technical assistance to MoLRM. On this proposal, COLARP and Oxfam GB jointly collaborate and provide technical assistance. As per request, two day residential workshop was organized on 16th and 17th of March 2012 at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort, Dhulikhel. Different land experts, academicians, government officials, and land right activists participate the progrmme to prepare work plan based on recommendation of two reports of land reform commission (High Level Scientific Land Reform Commission and High Level Land Reform Commission)
As an outcome of the workshop, MoLRM formulated a concrete action plan (13 points action plan) to provide immediate services to different sections of people. This programme also brought forward the concern of political ownership, responsibility, commitment and equity. Further, it became the basis for sustaining effect on effective implementation of action plan on scientific land reform.
Project title: Dalit’s Position in REDD++ National Perspective: A Case study of Three Piloting Districts (Gorkha, Chitwan and Dolakha)
Name of client: Dalit Alliance for Natural Resource (DANAR) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Duration: January 2012- August 2012
Area Coverage: Gorkha, Chitwan and Dolakha
Main features of the project/assignment: Policy Analysis, Policy advocacy for inclusive policy
Summary of the Project: Overall objective of this research project is to understand Dalit’s position in REDD++ in three piloting districts of Nepal. In line with this, specific objectives are set as below: i) to examine the process of REDD considering position of Dalit and their exclusion; ii) to analyse existing policies about how Dalit communities will be benefited from the REDD++ project; and iii) to identify existing gap between policies and practices in context to REDD++. . After undertaking this action research, the following expected outcomes are expected to take place: i) enhanced awareness among Dalit community, agency and concerned stakeholders and started to claim their right ii) sensitized policy makers and intellectuals started to address this issues, and iii) Inclusive policies will address the concerns of marginalized community. At the end, Dalit community will be benefitted through the claiming, sensitizing and capacity building.
Project title: Study on Haliya in Far Western Region of Nepal.
Name of client: Rastriya Dalit Network
Duration: September 2010- July 2011
Area Coverage: All districts from Far Western Region
Main features of the project/assignment: Understanding socio-economic status of disadvantage groups such as Haliya and bonded labours; understanding institutional and structural exclusion; inclusive policy analysis related to bonded labour.
Summary of the Project: The general objective of the study is to examine socio-economic condition of Haliya in Far Western Nepal with special reference to Government efforts or state’s declaration on abolition of Haliya System and ongoing Haliya Movement. In line with this, specific objectives are to understand socioeconomic condition of Haliya in Far Western Region of Nepal; to understand Haliya movement focusing on their issues like slavery, their right to resources and achievement; to assess the effect of state’s efforts on their abolition, government provisions, policy, program to address issues of Haliya; and; to suggest government and other stakeholders for socio-economic upliftment of Haliya in given socioeconomic and political condition.
Project title: Study on Issue of Land Reform in New Constitution of Nepal.
Name of client: Centre for Constituent Dialogue (CCD/UNDP).
Duration: September 2010- March 2011
Area Coverage: Central
Main features of the project/assignment: Understanding issues related to land in constitution making process; examining dissenting options; provision drafted in committee on natural resources; policy draft.
Summary of the Project: The objectives were to understand and analyze issues of land reform raised by all political parties; to review and analyse provision mentioned in Comprehensive Peace Accord 2006, Interim Constitution 2007 and other Parliamentarian Thematic Committee on ‘Natural Resource and Revenue Allocation’ and other required document; to present model of land reform with different options to facilitate high level political leaders to take decision on this contentious issue for upcoming new constitution of making process.
To achieve the aforementioned objectives, this research involved parliamentarian committee members, independent experts and activists. This also sensitized CA members. This research developed a policy draft on issues of land in constitution making process.
Project Name: Pro-Poor Land Governance for Nepal
Client: International Land Coalition
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land governance
Area Coverage: Five development Regions
Project Description: The overall goal is to understand and discuss issues, challenges and gaps of pro-poor land governance in Nepal among academics/researchers, policy makers and practitioners in jointly initiating policy debate for suggesting pro-poor land governance in Nepal. Specific objectives are: to identify and examine issues, challenges and gaps in pro-poor land governance of Nepal; to discuss the issues of land governance among academicians, policy makers and practitioners to bridge the gap among them towards pro-poor land governance; and to initiate and foster joint learning among these stakeholders for devising pro-poor land governance for its sustainability and accountability in the country. The major thrust of the proposal is to generate, analyze, synthesize and disseminate knowledge on how pro-poor land governance can contribute to equitable development and poverty alleviation in Nepal. It would also be pioneer contribution to bridge the gap by making existing knowledge accessible, filling the knowledge gap, and update the policy agency with innovation on pro-poor land governance in Nepal. The key activities are: i) action research on pro-poor land governance; ii) policy debate and dialogue/policy influencing activities for social learning and common understanding; and iii) devising pro-poor land governance. Based on research findings and social learning and insights gained from this, ‘Innovative pro-poor land governance’ will be devised and published through the peer review process. During entire process, diverse range of stakeholders such as academician, researchers and practitioners will be actively engaged and thus it imparts/enhances ownership, accountability and sustainability of project output/outcomes.