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Open Ministry
Bimal Pratap Shah
Digital rights

Like every year, the International Human Rights Day (Dec 10) that commemorates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was celebrated with much fanfare in Nepal. And like every year, the discussion on whether Internet access should be a human right was out of the limelight, probably because Internet is not yet regarded as a powerful enabler of human empowerment in Nepal.
Mission 2022
REPUBLICA
Nepal’s graduation prospect

Nepal has set for itself an ambitious (but not impossible) target of graduating to a ‘developing country’ status by 2022. In an interview with Republica, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)—a mouthful, we know—Gyan Chandra Acharya pointed out the enormous gains Nepal would make by staying true to the 2022 goal. ‘Developing country’ is not just a nametag, he said, it also means the country has a robust economic base and healthy economic growth.

 To graduate, Nepal would have had to come good on the three criteria of the United Nations: Income (per capital Gross National Income of US $1,190 or above), Human Assets Index (which measures social indicators like malnutrition and school enrolment) and Economic Vulnerability Index (measure of, among other things, population size, exports, and agriculture production). Nepal already meets the second criterion; with some effort, the third criterion is also achievable. It will be the first target (of income) which will be the most difficult to hit. Yet the three are not mutually exclusive; the first and the third, for instance, are closely linked.
Migration Gains
Moheindu Chemjong
The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit recently held in Kathmandu saw the eight heads of state agree to collaborate on migration management. Likewise, the Government of Nepal (GoN) recently launched the first national report on the status of the Labor Migration for Foreign Employment from Nepal 2013-2014. These recent important examples prove that the management of labor migration in Nepal is commanding the attention of policymakers and prompting dialogues for multi-stakeholder cooperation to address the many facets of labor migration.

Migration in Nepal has a long history with an outflow of migration to the neighboring India up to the mid-1980s, and dates back to more than 300 years ago. Fast forward to the 1990s which was marked by the restoration of democracy and where the democratically elected government brought about economic liberalization which coincided with the demand for industrial workers in the Middle East, creating massive opportunities for Nepali labor migrants. Economic globalization has also added to the internationalization of the labor markets and Nepal was not unaffected.
Supporting Education
Kirsten Geelan
“1.5 million more Nepalese girls now attend school. Twenty years ago most of them would have stayed at home.” This was the banner that met Copenhagen and her inhabitants on their way to work in September this year. In huge banners hanging on the wall of the Danish Foreign Ministry, the good news of the achievements in Nepal, thanks to the Danish support, was broadcast in the Danish communication campaign: ‘World Best News’.

For more than twenty years Denmark has supported Nepal’s education sector with around DKK 50 million every year. At the same time the support for Danish Development Assistance has continued. In a recent opinion poll, 65 percent of Danish people are supporting the high level Danish Development Assistance. With the adoption of the National budget for 2015 the support will increase from 0.83 of Danish gross national income to 0.87 percent.
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