Social Science Baha

Completed Projects

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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Health Services Strengthening Project Monitoring and Evaluation in Nepal

Funding Agency: Americares Foundation
Duration: 15 September 2016 to 15 August 2018
Americares and Birat Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT Nepal) implemented an 18-month health facilities reconstruction and health service strengthening project in Makwanpur district to support vulnerable healthcare systems and its catchment populations after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. SSB conducted baseline and endline studies to monitor and evaluate the need and impact of the project.

Political Economy Analysis of Labour Migration Governance in Nepal

Funding Agency: International Labour Organisation
Duration: March to June 2018
This study unpacked the dynamics of labour migration governance in Nepal’s changing governance landscape following the roll-out of federalism in order to inform ILO’s DFID-funded Skills for Employment Programme.

Fair Recruitment of Migrants Workers

Collaborating Partner: Tufts University
Duration: December 2016 to June 2018
CESLAM collaborated with Tufts University in the impact evaluation of the International Labour Organisation’s Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment of migrant workers. The impact assessment focused on the Nepal-Jordan corridor and worked with fair labour recruiters. The assessment aimed to determine the effectiveness of fair recruitment on debt bondage, excessive overtime, power mindset, migration, regret, cognitive dissonance, abuse, satisfaction, productivity, and firm compliance.

Civic Freedoms Peace and Sustainable Development

Collaborating Partner: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Duration: 1 March 2018 to 30 April 2018
The country case study under this assignment focused on two selected sectors relevant to the SDGs. The study also explored the SDG principle, leave no one behind, and how this may be affected by changes in the state-CSO relationship.
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Assessment of Labour Management System in Transport Projects

Funding Agency: The World Bank
Duration: 1 May 2017 to 31 December 2017
The prime objective of this assignment was to review past experiences and to recommend future improvements in the management of labour issues in transport projects in Nepal. The focus was on two Government of Nepal departments: i) the Department of Roads; and ii) the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads. The study addressed the existing need to take stock of systems already in place and to identify any gaps where improvements in the future could provide for better management of risks/impacts associated with labour issues.

Evaluating Responses to the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes

Funding Agency: American Jewish World Service
Duration: 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
The broad objective of this research was to understand the scale and manner of the humanitarian response triggered by the 2015 earthquake. It identified the major humanitarian organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, involved in relief and rebuilding efforts, and the working modalities adopted by these organisations to help the earthquake-affected population. The study also assessed the impact of these interventions on the target population and the larger society, while also exploring how and what specifically these external actors have or have not contributed towards developing community resilience that would allow people to respond better to future calamities.