Social Science Baha

Ongoing Projects

Documentation of Nepali Migrant Workers’ Death, Injuries and Ill-Treatment During Transit and Their Employment in Destination Countries

Collaborating Partner: The University Court of the University of Edinburgh

Project Description: The overall objective of the project is to take a critical look at the limitations of the existing data and highlight how the documentation on death, ill-treatment and injuries of migrant workers during transit and their employment in the destination countries can be improved. The findings from this study will be put in broader academic and policy conversation on death, injury and ill-treatment of migrant workers.

‘Leaving Something Behind’ – Migration Governance and Agricultural & Rural Change in ‘Home’ Communities: Comparative Experience from Europe, Asia and Africa (AGRUMIG)

Collaborating Partner: SOAS, University of London, University of Birmingham and International Water Management Institute

Project Description: The Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha is a partner organisation of the international collaborative research project on migration and agricultural and rural change (AGRUMIG). The research project seeks to explore the two-way interface between agrarian and environmental change in migrant-sending communities, offering comparative insights between seven countries – Nepal, China, Ethiopia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Morocco. 

The AGRUMIG project engages in an innovative Qualitative Comparative Analysis to better understand the unique economic, institutional and agro-ecological contexts which mediate particular relationships between migration and agriculture, as well as the role played by diverse governance actors throughout this process. It will in turn work with stakeholders through an iterative process of engagement to develop migration governance action plans which strengthen positive development and migration outcomes. More information on the project is available at

The Law in Nepal: From Exclusion to Inclusion

Funding Agency: The Asia Foundation, Nepal

Project Description: The study will examine how Nepal’s legal regime has changed over the past 13 years to make the country a much more inclusive state. The study will build on the paper ‘Gender, Caste and Ethnic Exclusion in the Law’ prepared by Bipin Adhikari and Bandita Sijapati in 2011. The said paper is thus far unpublished and the study will provide updates to the paper while also conducting original research. The study will conclude with the drafting and publication of the final report. It is envisaged that Part I of the report would trace the evolution of the legal changes up to the end of the first Constituent Assembly in 2012; Part II would continue with the thread of the narrative thereafter and bring it up to date till the adoption of the 2015 Constitution; and Part III will deal with the rollout of federalism and the adoption of the new Muluki Ain in 2017.

Evaluation of One Heart Worldwide’s Network of Safety Model

Funding Agency: One Heart Worldwide

Project Description: The general objective of the study is to conduct an assessment of the impact on maternal and neonatal health (MNH) in rural communities in selected One Heart Worldwide (OHW)-supported districts. More specifically, the research will assess if and how OHW has made a difference in people’s access to MNH care across the field sites, observe the sustainability of the programme in districts where it is still engaged, and to use the findings to construct strategies and recommendations to further develop the OHW’s interventions. The critical and objective evaluation of OHW’s interventions impact on the communities and the health sector in general will describe maternal and new-birth practices and systems and provide an in-depth understanding of existing conditions and impact of the OHW model. The findings from this evaluation will provide recommendations to further develop OHW interventions to enhance health improvement in Nepali communities. The study will be conducted in seven communities in four districts, namely, two each in Baglung, Dhading and Sankhuwasabha, and one in Jajarkot.