The Local Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Climate Change (LIRIC) has shown how Nepal's development partners, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities, and elected local governments can collaborate to build a climate-resilient community and reduce the effects of climate change. The LIRIC Project, funded by the European Union and Austrian Development Cooperation, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA Austria), and implemented by ADRA Nepal in collaboration and close coordination with Rupantaran, Community Development and Advocacy Forum (CDAFN) Bardibas, local communities, and locally elected governments, has built resilient communities by launching various programs and schemes such climate field schools, community based adaptation plans, payment for ecosystem services, school climate change education, third party financing, integrated water systems including pond conservation, seepage water harvesting system, water source conservation, and local community development. With capacity strengthening of Civil Society’s Organizations (CSOs) and developing their networks, the project has worked towards making the local governments and stakeholders accountable for their actions as well as supporting vulnerable communities towards mitigation and adaptation interventions. Because Nepal is particularly vulnerable to climate change, many of the LIRIC project's beneficial lessons can be repeated in other places to lessen the impact.
By Keshab Poudel Jun 29, 2023
Despite the possibility of facing a severe energy crisis in the upcoming anticipated rise in the home energy use for heating and cooling, Nepal still lacks a strong policy for energy-efficient construction. Building Energy Efficiency in Nepal (BEEN), funded by the European Union under SWITCH -Asia and started a year ago, is currently being implemented by the University of Innsbruck in partnership with MinErgy Pvt. Ltd in Nepal, Greentech Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd in India, and Association Espaola de Normalization (UNE) in Spain. This project is also assisting national and sub-national governments in developing energy-efficient building policies
By Keshab Poudel Jun 23, 2023
PASHUPATI SUMSHER RANA, a seasoned politician and a senior leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), is the oldest member of the current House of Representatives and has been involved in politics for more than five decades. Rana, who is well-versed in Nepali politics, has previously held the entire important cabinet portfolio. Rana, 82, discussed a variety of current political topics with KESHAB POUDEL, including the recent trip to India by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Jun 11, 2023
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has made some historic progress in signing several agreements establishing firm political level relations in New Delhi. As expected, opposition parties led by the Communist Party of Nepal UML are expressing doubt about spreading the unclear message on their home turf. The signing of a new transit treaty and the long-term power trade agreement, which allows for the export of up to 40 MW of electricity to Bangladesh, were the two biggest agreements reached during the visit. Given their similar cultures and civilizations, the leadership of Nepal and India has shown that there are areas where agreement can be reached that will benefit the people of both countries. The kindness and friendliness of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have contributed to his visit's "astounding success," according to PM Prachanda.
By Keshab Poudel Jun 09, 2023
Pokhara International Airport (PIA) and Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), Nepal's two brand-new international airports, still haven't started operating after a year. The government's desire to construct the Nijgadh International Airport while ignoring court’s order, economy and the environment is perplexing. The coalition government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stated intentions to develop the airport despite a severe economic crisis in Nepal, where revenue has plummeted by 37%. In the aftermath of the current false Bhutanese refugee scandal, people are questioning the integrity of the highest government leaders, including the opposition party. Whose interests are served by the government's pronouncement that 2.4 million trees of natural forests and habitats of endangered Asiatic elephants will be sacrificed in order to build another white elephant?
By Keshab Poudel May 27, 2023
With the cooperation and backing of his colleagues in the Ministry, Bharat Raj Paudyal, the Foreign Secretary, has demonstrated how a small decision to observe the Foreign Service Day and remember the accomplishments of the older generation can have a major impact on society
By Keshab Poudel May 26, 2023
Promotion of Young Engagement at Local Governance Process (PROYEL) and Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE) are two different projects that are being funded by the European Union and the Swiss Government, respectively. Helvetas-Nepal is the project's implementing partner of both. Additionally, both initiatives seek to inspire and include Nepal's youth. While PROYEL attempts to influence local governance through organized participation, ENSURE seeks to generate economic prospects through vocational training. Combining the two programs can benefit young people because of their complementary and overlapping nature
By Keshab Poudel May 15, 2023
Given that Nepal is one of the most vulnerable nations in the world to the effects of climate change, particularly in the area of water security, recent initiatives offer some encouragement. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the government and non-state actors, youths, is leading a multi-stakeholder driven Transformative Futures for Water Security (TFWS) Initiative. .
By Keshab Poudel May 04, 2023
Promotion of Youth Engagement in Local Government Process (PROYEL), a project funded by the European Union (EU) and carried out by Helvetas Nepal in close collaboration with local NGOs and Local Governments, has resulted noticeable changes in tne Gurans Rural Municipality in the Dailekh area of the Karnali Province.
By Keshab Poudel Apr 04, 2023
Kul Man Ghising, managing director of the Nepal Electricity Authority, is on a mission to dismantle obstacles to the construction of transmission lines, distribution systems, and hydropower projects to achieve the government's objective of providing electricity to every family in Nepal by 2025. MD Ghising has faced several challenges in his quest to offer electricity to everyone.
By Keshab Poudel Mar 28, 2023
The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI) is participating in the UN Water Conference with a position statement that is concise and clear thanks to the technical support of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)-Nepal.
By Keshab Poudel Mar 18, 2023
The completion of the Dhap Dam project, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and implemented by the Nepal government, revives the hope that the holy river Bagmati is reviving. The project is small but significant in terms of increasing the amount of water in the river. At a time when the distribution of drinking water from Melamchi has improved the valley's water supply in recent days, the completion of Dhap Dam will contribute to an increase in Bagmati water level during the dry season. However, complete restoration of the Bagmati River's natural, cultural, and spiritual components will be possible only after the construction of the Nagmati Dam. As a result, the time has come to begin construction.
By Keshab Poudel Mar 13, 2023
The European Union and Helvetas Nepal-funded PROYEL (Promotion of Youth Engagement in Local Government Process) reached out to the young women on its Youth Panel by sharing the experiences of three members of the Youth Sounding Board. PROYEL's focus was on the theme of International Women's Day 2023 (IWD). Since one of the objectives of the PROYEL is to inform, educate, engage and involve Nepali young in local government processes, expanding access to digital innovation is crucial to the project's success. Using digital technologies and tools can hasten empowerment and equality. The PROYEL initiative hopes to connect its youth panel with members of the Youth Sounding Board through the podcast and spread the IWD message of DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality
By Keshab Poudel Mar 08, 2023