Social Science Baha

Completed Projects

Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction

Collaborating Partner: The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Duration: 1 June 2017 to 16 July 2020

This study aimed to understand the socio-political effects of Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes and post-earthquake reconstruction. The main objectives were: 1) To build an international network of scholars, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations focusing on post-earthquake reconstruction and social transformation in Nepal, with strong nodes in Canada, Nepal, and Denmark (with the Danish connection furnishing links to the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research); 2) To collaboratively develop and deploy mixed ethnographic and survey methods through three pilot research projects in selected earthquake-affected areas of rural and peri-urban Nepal where team members have existing relationships. These focused on three domains of expertise critical to post-conflict and post-disaster transformation: construction (engineers, architects, and traditional builders); law (politicians, civil servants, and lawyers); and finance (bankers, corporate investors, and microfinance/cooperative fund managers); 3) to enhance training and research capacity in Canada and Nepal, with an emphasis on field-based methods; 4) to build foundations for a larger Partnership Grant application to investigate and improve post-disaster reconstruction in mountainous regions with a focus on the trans-Himalayan region, using a framework that addresses both Connection and Insight approaches.

Energy on the Move: Longitudinal Perspectives on Energy Transitions Among Marginal Populations (A Comparative Study)

Collaborating Partner: Durham University
Duration: 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2019

This main objective of this project was to understand better and develop routes to successful energy transition for the poorest and most disadvantaged in four low-income countries: Nepal, Bangladesh, South Sudan and Nigeria. We focused on the live experiences of marginal women, men and youth who persistently fall outside current market development mechanisms, un-connected with normal urban infrastructure networks or services. They must also cope with challenges of climate change and other environmental disasters in conditions of political fragility. In this one-year pilot study [shaped by the budget and time frame available] we focused on a capital city peri-urban site in each country where there were many recent in-migrants living in extreme poverty and beyond current infrastructure networks. The project provided vital lessons for subsequent wider investigation by this or other research groups.

Negotiating Gender-Equitable Change: Role of Informal Practices and Networks

Collaborating Partner: The University of Manchester
Duration: 1 January 2019 to 31 August 2019

Social Science Baha worked with Dr Sohela Nazneen of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, on the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre project entitled ‘Negotiating gender equitable change: role of informal practices and networks’ as outlined in the proposal and according to further methodological refinements as discussed with Dr Nazneen and captured in the document titled ‘Response to Reviewers’. In particular, Social Science Baha will undertake the case study for Nepal and contribute to the comparative analysis of case studies.

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)

Collaborating Partner: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Duration: 1 November 2015 to 30 November 2019

GAGE (Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence) is a 9 year (2015-2024) longitudinal research programme that focused on understanding what sorts of interventions at what junctures work to advance adolescent girls capabilities involving three broad research components. The evidence gap maps and synthesis reviews on best practice in tackling adolescent girls vulnerabilities (from child marriage to adolescent suicide to economic asset deficits). It was a longitudinal mixed methods study of adolescent girls and their families, tracing changes over time into early adulthood in four countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda).

Operational Research on ‘What’s Working and What’s Not (Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Project)’

Funding Agency: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Duration: 15 November 2019 to 30 June 2020

UNFPA was piloting innovative approaches in Okhaldhunga and Udayapur districts to address social norms that are at the root of gender-based discrimination and violence. The pilot also focused on building capacities of locally elected representatives and their offices (municipalities) in understanding gender inequalities and in supporting/institutionalising prevention and response mechanisms. Social Science Baha conducted operational research to accompany the pilot throughout its life cycle, from inception to completion, to identify approaches that have worked.

After the Earth’s Violent Sway: The Tangible and Intangible Legacies of a Natural Disaster

Collaborating Partner: SOAS, University of London
Duration: 1 April 2017 to 31 September 2020

Project Description: Nepal emerged from a ten-year civil war in 2006, and the country’s main political players then embarked upon the long process of transition political transition. The 2015 earthquakes had a major impact upon this process. The project investigated and documented the long term cultural and political impacts of Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes. It explored the ways in which they influenced the ongoing political, media and literary discourse on a number of key cultural, social and political issues. It showed how the restoration of destroyed physical heritage is carried out. It also draws historical comparisons between the sociocultural and political impacts of the 2015 quakes and those of the major quakes that struck Nepal during earlier periods of political and cultural transition in 1833 and 1934. It also archives material to identify the permanent marks left by previous disasters.

International Conference on Resilient Social Protection for an Inclusive Future

Funding Agency: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duration: 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019

Project Description: The ‘International Conference on Resilient Social Protection for an Inclusive Future’ was organised on September 18 and 19, jointly with NPC, ILO, GIZ, UN ESCAP, The World Bank, UNICEF and UKAid. The conference aimed to support the Government of Nepal to deliver in its vision to deliver a core package of social protection for all and become a more prosperous nation, with a focus on the next generation and the most vulnerable. Recognising that there are many paths towards universal social protection, and programmes in different countries have followed different paths towards their expansion and consolidation, the conference aimed to bring regional experience and practice to offer a realistic path to support Nepal achieve this ambition moving forward. 

Developing Monitoring and Reporting Framework for Labour Migration-Related SDG Targets and Indicators and National GCM Implementation Strategy

Funding Agency: International Labour Organisation
Duration: 10 July 2019 to 31 December 2020

Project Description: Foreign labour migration is likely to play a key role as a source of employment for Nepalis for years to come in the future. In recognition of this fact, the government has taken some initiatives towards enhancing safe, regular and beneficial migration. The monitoring of and reporting on SDG indicators related to labour migration (SDGs 8 and 10) is one such step towards making labour migration safe for Nepalis. On behalf of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and with the support of ILO, the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha is undertaking the task of developing a monitoring and reporting (M&R) framework to help the NPC establish a standard set of tools and mechanisms on labour migration-related SDG targets and indicators that would help it report the progress on SDGs to UN High Level Political Forum (HLPT) on Sustainable Development. The tools and mechanisms will also benefit other actors working in the area of labour and migration and the decent work agenda in Nepal. Simultaneously, the project will support the Ministry of Labour Employment and Social Security (MOLESS) to develop the National Global Compact on Migration Implementation Strategies.

Mapping of Recruitment Agencies Supplying Workers to Jordan, Qatar and Malaysia

Funding Agency: International Labour Organisation
Duration: 23 September 2019 to 31 January 2020

Project Description: The Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha conducted a mapping exercise involving Private Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) that are already engaged in or interested in being engaged in fair recruitment practices. The research project seeks to prepare comprehensive profiles of the selected PRAs that recruit workers for Jordan, Malaysia and Qatar. The study examined the recruitment processes followed by selected PRAs, including hiring, pre-deployment and post-deployment procedures. The research output helped ILO-Nepal in its search for possible partners for its two projects – the Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) and the Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration (REFRAME).

Companion Volume for Survey of Nepali People

Funding Agency: The Asia Foundation
Duration: 1 September 2017 to 31 March 2019
Social Science Baha produced a companion volume to complement the nation-wide ‘Survey of the Nepali People’ to provide a deeper analysis of the themes identified in the survey.
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Children in Emergencies: Situation Analysis and Policy Review

Funding Agency: Save the Children
Duration: 7 August 2018 to 30 November 2018
The objective of the situation analysis was to generate evidence on the key issues faced by 0 to 8 year-old children and their caregivers and how this impacts their learning, development and executive function in emergencies, and to identify the gaps in policy that protects children’s learning and development in emergencies.
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