Aug. 26, 2012, 5:45 p.m.

Politically nothing seems to be materialize anytime soon. It is likely that Nepal will have to go through a long phase of political instability with an unrepresentative and unaccountable government at the center. Nepal’s recent trend indicates this. As politics remains in a mess, we decided to cover the development issue as the lead story for this week. Despite the protracted political turmoil in Nepal, some development projects have been transforming the life of millions of poor and vulnerable population. Nepal has made a lot of progress in the development sector over the years. At a time when Nepal’s political parties have been fighting for political power, only a few people are concerned about the large segment of Nepal’s population living in rural and remote parts of Nepal. Thanks to the support given by the World Bank, the life of more than 2 million people of over 30 districts of Nepal has been transformed drastically. Under the Rural Access Improvement and Decentralization Project, about 1,000 km rural roads have been turned all weather. In this issue, we look at the importance of roads in transforming the livelihood of the people.  Although there is despair and hopelessness in Nepal’s political process, projects like RAIDP have shown hope and bright future for rural people of Nepal. Along with all other regular features, we have decided to include the success story of RAIDP as our cover story of this issue.

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