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A Country Analysis With a Human Face
Abstract:
This CA has focused on 20 groups of Nepalis who, over the past decades, and in some cases, over the past centuries, have been left behind by the ongoing development process and progress in Nepal—people for whom there is no level playing field. In so doing, it has attempted to articulate what makes these groups more vulnerable than others, how this manifests itself, and what are some of the causes, both immediate and deeper, for their vulnerability. The individual client profiles included in Part II also capture some of the major initiatives taken to date to address the groups’ vulnerabilities that can be built on for the future. Vulnerability, in the context of this CA, is to be understood as the incapacity, or difficulties, that members of potential client groups face in trying to cope with a wide range of economic, legal, political, social, cultural and environmental challenges in their day-to-day life. Most of these groups experience multiple vulnerabilities to poverty, weak human development, exclusion and weak individual protection.An attempt has been made to organize the immediate and deeper causes of vulnerability into those related to socio-cultural,economic, institutional and political, and geographic and environmental factors. Each set of causes identified in the causality matrix, and as applied to a specific client group, is important since they all contribute to creating and perpetuating people’s vulnerability. However, some broad root causes emerge from the overlaps between different client groups, suggesting that they may have special significance.Firstly, socio-cultural causes emerged as being consistently applicable to the vulnerability of most client groups. This set of causes can be divided into those that are centred on caste and ethnic discrimination, those related to gender inequality and discrimination, and those concerning individual capacity and confidence. Caste and ethnic discrimination and the associated norms and practices that institutionalize traditional hierarchical systems play crucial roles in affecting the vulnerability of almost all client groups. Gender inequality and gender-based discriminatory practices are another part of the socio-cultural picture, and flow from deeply rooted patriarchal belief systems. In addition to these broader systemic root causes, the vulnerability of most groups is also strongly affected by the individual capacity and confidence of the people within the groups themselves.It is noteworthy that this lack of confidence and weak individual capacity is the result of the very same caste, ethnic and gender discriminatory practices that have institutionalized hierarchies in society, forcing some people to become unsuccessful in obtaining education, awareness on their rights, and the means to express their voice. Secondly, economic causes appear to be at the center of determining vulnerability for many client groups. This set of causes focuses on overall economic performance and the lack of growth, structural and distributional issues, and questions of individual human capital. The unavailability of employment and alternative income-generating opportunities is part of the reason why some of the groups remain in a continuous cycle of vulnerability from which they cannot escape. This, combined with an unequal distribution of resources to start with, causes very low resource endowments for most of the client groups, putting them from the start in a highly disadvantaged position. This is further exacerbated by a lack of individual preparation and skills as well as by grinding poverty that prevent individuals from entering a more productive environment and harnessing available opportunities in the market. Thirdly, institutional and political causes are another set of highly consistent factors in the vulnerability and exclusion of most groups. While the two are related, they are clearly distinct.
Publisher: UN Type / Script:
Annual Report  in  English
Keywords:
POLITICAL CONDITIONS, POLITICAL CONDITIONS, INSTITUTIONS, MOVEMENTS, POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT, POLITICAL SYSTEMS, POVERTY, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, RURAL POVERTY, URBAN POVERTY, POVERTY MITIGATION, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, FAMILY PLANNING, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, WOMEN'S HEALTH, YOUTH HEALTH, FORCED LABOUR, HUMAN RIGHTS, WORKERS' RIGHTS, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, PEOPLE-CENTERED DEVELOPMENT, GENDER, POPULATION DYNAMICS
Thematic Group:
UN, (2013)
Thesaurus:
01.01.00 - Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements
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A Country Analysis With a Human Face
Abstract:
Embarking on a Common Country Assessment (CCA) is the first step undertaken by United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) when preparing for a forth coming programming cycle. The CCA is intended to provide insights into key development challenges facing a country; these are then addressed in a multiyear United Nations Development Assistance Framework or UNDAF, which is the next step in the process and outlines the key areas of work for the years ahead. A CCA is typically organized around particular themes or sectors. However, this time, the UNCT in Nepal has chosen to depart from this more standard approach by attempting to conduct a country analysis (CA) with people at its core—a ‘country analysis with a human face’. In this CA, the UNCT sought to explore such questions as: who should be among the primary ‘clients’ for the next round of United Nations (UN) multiyear programming? How can the UN’s development contribution be measured over the years ahead (or in other words, what should be measured to ensure that the UN’s efforts are having the desired impact on the lives of potential clients)? Which groups have been left behind by recent development gains? Which groups do not experience a ‘level playing field’ in today’s Nepal? Are there groups who, being subject to particular vulnerabilities or future shocks could substantially reverse the development gains they have achieved in recent years? Are there groups who have long-standing grievances that, if unaddressed, might jeopardize Nepal’s fragile peace? By following this approach, potential ‘client groups’ have become the major focus of this CA.
Publisher: UN Type / Script:
Annual Report  in  English
Keywords:
VULNERABILITY, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, MARGINALIZE GROUP, HOUSEHOLD POVERTY, GEOGRAPHIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL, SLUM, SOCIO-CULTURAL FACTORS, INSTITUTIONAL AND POLITICAL FACTORS
Thematic Group:
UN, (2013)
Thesaurus:
01.01.00 - Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements
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A Country Analysis With a Human Face
Abstract:
Embarking on a Common Country Assessment (CCA) is the first step undertaken by United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) when preparing for a forth coming programming cycle. The CCA is intended to provide insights into key development challenges facing a country; these are then addressed in a multiyear United Nations Development Assistance Framework or UNDAF, which is the next step in the process and outlines the key areas of work for the years ahead. A CCA is typically organized around particular themes or sectors. However, this time, the UNCT in Nepal has chosen to depart from this more standard approach by attempting to conduct a country analysis (CA) with people at its core—a ‘country analysis with a human face’. In this CA, the UNCT sought to explore such questions as: who should be among the primary ‘clients’ for the next round of United Nations (UN) multiyear programming? How can the UN’s development contribution be measured over the years ahead (or in other words, what should be measured to ensure that the UN’s efforts are having the desired impact on the lives of potential clients)? Which groups have been left behind by recent development gains? Which groups do not experience a ‘level playing field’ in today’s Nepal? Are there groups who, being subject to particular vulnerabilities or future shocks could substantially reverse the development gains they have achieved in recent years? Are there groups who have long-standing grievances that, if unaddressed, might jeopardize Nepal’s fragile peace? By following this approach, potential ‘client groups’ have become the major focus of this CA.
Publisher: UN Type / Script:
Annual Report  in  English
Keywords:
VULNERABILITY, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, MARGINALIZE GROUP, HOUSEHOLD POVERTY,SLUM
Thematic Group:
UN, (2013)
Thesaurus:
01.01.00 - Political Conditions, Institutions, Movements
PDF | File Size: 2.15 MB   Download
Feeder: LUNI SHRESTHA, Editor: , Auditor:
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