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Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill


KATHMANDU, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.

“This draft bill will not advance [us] but create more obstacles to the peace process,” human rights lawyer Mandira Sharma told IRIN.


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Farmers profit as they protect the land

“We wanted to do something to protect ourselves, but did not know what or how.” April 2014—In western Nepal’s Banke district, the Duduwa River surrounds the Farm Tole village on three sides. As picturesque and convenient as this may appear, the river also makes the village vulnerable to floods. Over the years, monsoon flooding has become progressively more serious, with land along the river being washed away every year.

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Reject Draft Truth and Reconciliation Bill

Proposed Measure Contravenes International Law

(New York) – Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law.

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Nepal Annual Report 2013 (MAANP001 )


In 2013, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) received a number of new contributions through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for programmes in nearly all of the core areas of support (organisational development, disaster management, disaster risk reduction, health, humanitarian principles and values and cooperation and coordination). Most of the funding was confirmed quite late in the year, which resulted in some delays in the commencement of programmes.

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Nepal Monthly Update March 2014

This report is issued by the UN RCO with inputs from its UN Field Coordination Offices and other partners and sources. The report covers March 2014. The next report will be issued the first week of May 2014.


Political update

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Pillay warns against new attempt to grant amnesties for serious human rights violations

GENEVA (14 April 2014) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday expressed grave concern at a bill presented to the Nepalese Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations.

Under the bill, which is aimed at creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on Disappearances, these two bodies will be granted the powers to recommend amnesties, including for serious human rights violations, or to excuse perpetrators of such violations from prosecution.

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Irrigation and Water Resource Management

World Bank

Since 2008, the Irrigation and Water Resources Management Project (IWRMP) has been working towards improving agriculture productivity and the management of selected irrigation schemes in Nepal as well as enhancing institutional capacity for integrated water resources management. The primary beneficiaries are over 415,200 water users of selected farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMIS) covering over 26,859 ha, mainly in the hill regions.

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World + 2 others
Water Supply and Sanitation: Sector Results Profile

World Bank

Foundations for Ending Poverty: Providing Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services

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Nepal Food Security Bulletin Issue 40 (July - November 2013)


This issue covers the period of mid-July to mid-November 2013, the first trimester of Nepalese Fiscal Year 2070/71. This bulletin is based primarily on the outcomes of NeKSAP district food security network (DFSN) meetings held in 72 of 75 districts and the results of the NeKSAP household survey, a nationally representative sample survey, collected between July-October 2013.

In this period:

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World + 9 others
Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent

This 25th publication in Conciliation Resources’ Accord series explores the relationship between peace processes and legitimacy. Using first-hand case studies and expert analyses, it maps the perspectives and experiences of a range of actors engaged in processes of transition out of violent conflict – “from coercion to consent”. In the spirit of the Accord series, the various insights presented in the publication hope to inform and inspire better peacebuilding policy and practice by sharing real experiences of endeavour and innovation.

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Nepal bill offers amnesty for war crimes

04/10/2014 08:49 GMT

KATHMANDU, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - Former Maoist rebels or security force members who committed crimes during Nepal's civil war could be granted an amnesty except in cases of rape under planned legislation, a senior lawmaker said Thursday.

The government late Wednesday introduced a bill in parliament to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the Disappeared, aimed at healing wounds from the decade-long conflict.

Agence France-Presse:

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USAID FrontLines – March/April 2014


About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah

Introduction: A Call to Action to End Extreme Poverty

Weathering the Storm: Rice Lifts Bangladesh Village from Saltwater Deluge

Investments, Not Charity, Provide Hope to Ethiopia’s Most Vulnerable Children

In Senegal, First an Implosion and Then a Transformation

Lifting Cambodia’s Poorest Out of Poverty with Health Insurance

Timor-Leste and ConocoPhillips Improving Incomes for Rural Farmers

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World + 11 others
Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Commercial Farming Successes Break Poverty Cycle in Nepal

By Stuti Basnyet

Training in best practices and access to credit bring higher incomes to marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

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What Nepal Doesn’t Know About Water

By Mallika Aryal

KATHMANDU, Apr 1 2014 (IPS) - Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development as agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depends on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September.

Nepal’s hydrologists, water experts, meteorologists and climate scientists all call for better management of water. But a vital element of water management – quality scientific data – is still missing.

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Eye in the Sky Moves Mountains in Development

Posted by Richard Nyberg, Senior Regional Development Outreach and Communications Advisor, USAID/RDMA on Monday, March 31st 2014

When Him Lal Shrestha wants to know what is happening on the ground affecting Nepalese farmers, he shoots a glance up—way up to an orbiting satellite. That great big white ball on the top of his building helps bring life-saving data down to earth. Here’s how.

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Nepal Market Watch: No. 62, February 2014


  • In February 2014, retail prices of food commodities monitored in 12 markets across Nepal showed a mixed trend, with an upward trend of coarse rice and wheat flour and a downward trend of pulses and potato.

  • Overall inflation rate in February 2014 was 8.8 percent. The food and beverage group was higher at 10.8 percent as were several sub-groups: meat and fish (19.5 percent), fruits (15.5 percent), cereal grains (13.0 percent) and spices (11.1 percent).

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World + 3 others
Providing vaccines for marginal farmers

Millions of the world’s poorest households and most vulnerable people rely on income generated from poultry to pay for their day to day needs. In particular, women and children depend on poultry to pay for their families’ education or as a quick source of cash in times of trouble. Newcastle Disease (ND) is a deadly disease to poultry that puts at risk 70% of the estimated 1.38 billion chickens in Africa.

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Nueva guía práctica explora mecanismos innovadores de datos de libre acceso para abordar riesgo de desastres y resiliencia

World Bank


  • La nueva guía práctica del Grupo del Banco Mundial ofrece orientaciones prácticas a los Gobiernos y organizaciones que están creando sus propios programas de datos de libre acceso para abordar el riesgo de desastres y la capacidad de adaptación.