1. Project Name: Dalit’s Position in REDD++ National Perspective: A Case study of Three Piloting Districts (Gorkha, Chitwan and Dolakha)
Duration: January 2012- August 2012
Client: Dalit Alliance for Natural Resource (DANAR) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Major Sector: Understanding gaps between policy and practices, Policy Intervention, Policy advocacy for inclusive policy, Sensitizing concerned
Area Coverage: Nepal
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.
2. Project Name: Bridging the Gap between Research, Policy and Practice on Land Issues.
Duration: February 2009- January 2011
Client: Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land Issues
Area Coverage: Kathmandu, Bardia, Dang, Rupendehi, Bara, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusa,
Siraha, Saptari and Sunsari
The project aimed to help bridge the existing gap between research and policy making and between research and advocacy by disseminating ongoing research results into land policy formulation; to facilitate to enhance linkage between policy and implementation in order to reflect voices and realities of poor farmers and landless communities into informed land policy reform; to build on achievements and success stories of previous Projects and; to strengthen COLARP as a credible policy think tank institution engaged in land issues in Nepal. To achieve the aforementioned objectives, this project involved policy makers, researchers, media persons, politicians and non-scientific community (farmers) in national policy dialogue and debates, advocacy and interactions. Specifically, representatives from the Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM), Constituent Assembly (CA), National Planning Commission (NPC), High-Level Land reform Commission (HLLRC), Land Advocacy Networks, Farmers Groups and Researchers involved in land issues were involved. This project adopted trans-disciplinary approach to dialogue among above to realize the existing problems related to land (landlessness, skewed land distribution, land tenure and tenancy, poor land productivity and the likes). This project promoted social learning and consensus- building that helped in designing better land policies in future in order to secure inclusion of poor, small and marginal farmers.
3. Project Name: Preparation of Policy Brief on "Women’s Access to Land: An Agenda of Women's Empowerment" and research on "Tax Rebate Policy on Land: An Impact on Women".
Duration: July 2010- November 2010
Client: Nepal Institute of Development Studies
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land and Women Issues
Area Coverage: Tanahu and Kapilvastu Districts
The objectives of the research was to examine the impact of government policies i.e. taxation rebate (25%) on land transaction if the title holder is woman; to examine the level of empowerment of women after having land. To achieve the above mentioned objectives, research was done on women holding land in their name in the two districts. The research involved women and key informants from Land Revenue Office. The study showed that policy on tax rebate from government if the title holder is a woman has brought somewhat changes in the life of that woman through economic and social empowerment. Due to this there has been increase in the land entitlement in the name of woman. Increases in land registration in the name of women were however not only because of tax discount but because of other family related issues, to escape from the government land ceiling policy, ‘Pewa’ (land given by parents to a girl), migration of men for foreign employment etc. Women who own land are significantly more likely to have their say in the household. Although they own land they do not have full control over it as they need to consult with their family members because most of them have bought the land with their husband's money. Contrary to this, the benefits enjoyed by women as a result of owning land and property have a greater role in household decision making, secure future, giving property to daughter, greater mobility and social support, increasing confidence about their future and their children’s future.
4. Project Name: Study on Issue of Land Reform in New Constitution of Nepal.
Duration: September 2010- March 2011
Client: Centre for Constituent Dialogue (CCD/UNDP).
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Land Reform
Area Coverage: Central
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.
5. Project Name: Base line Study of the Ex- Haliya and Dalit Community in Far Eastern Region of Nepal.
Duration: September 2010- July 2011
Client: Rastriya Dalit Network
Major Sector/ Sub Sector: Haliya
Area Coverage: All districts from Far Western Region
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.