Social Science Baha

Ongoing Projects

Technical Support to the Government of Province 1 in the Development of a Provincial Migration Profile

Funding Agency: The Swiss Confederation, Embassy of Switzerland, Nepal

Project Description: The Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha will provide technical support to the Government of Province 1 to develop approaches, methodological tools and indicators for a migration profile and throughout the execution of the profiling exercise. The migration profile will provide comprehensive provincial data on migration, including information on internal and international migration; in- and out-migration; migration for labour, education, and permanent settlement; skills and labour market integration of returnee migrants; and seasonal and long-term labour migration, to allow the provincial and local governments of Province 1 to optimise the benefits of migration. The profile will contribute to evidence-based policy through the use of data on migration in the policy-making and planning processes of different thematic sectors. The migration profile will serve as an important and useful tool to better understand and manage the diverse migration flows in the province.

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 The said paper is thus far unpublished and the study will provide updates to the paper while also conducting original research.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.