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Ghimire, S. & Upreti, BR. 2012 Corporate engagement for conflict transformation: Conceptualising the business-peace interface. The Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 2(1): 77-100.
Upreti BR. 2012. Research for Development: Concept and Orientation, SAs Discussion Paper-3. Kathmandu: NCCR North-South, south Asia Coordination Office.
South Asia Regional Office organized three days Regional workshop from 20-22 February 2012 at Pokhara, Nepal. Partner institution of South Asia and RP leaders discussed on research interest of the partners and explored the possible opportunities for future collaboration during this workshop. Dr. Thomas Breu from Management Centre was also present during this period.
Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti (RC) visited Sri Lanka from 24 February to 3rd March 2012 for steering meeting of ODI project on Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Project.
Sony KC, Purna Nepali and Anita Ghimire attended training on "Research for Quality and Impact" organized by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium in Sri Lanka from 27 Feb, 2012 to 09 March, 2012. The training consisted of topics on Research Uptake, Theory of Change, Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis and Introduction to Political Economy Framework in Research among others.
Dr. Purna Nepali presented on contemporary issues of land reform for formulating action plan of land reform based on recommendation of recent High Level Land Reform Commission. This presentation was one of the key which was useful for drafting 13 point action plan for Ministry of Land Reform and Management, Government of Nepal. It is in high priorities of Government of Nepal Prime Minister’s Office.
With research results of Ph.D. research, Dr. Purna Nepali presented for informed Policy Debate on Ex-Haliya and Their Rehabilitation on 22 February 2012. It was useful for informed analysis and policy debate for designing rehabilitation program of Ex-haliya, one of the bonded laborers. ILO, Ministry of Land Reform and Management, RDN have participated.
South Asia Regional Office together with Nepal Institute of Policy Studies organized half day seminar on “Nepal’s Foreign Policy in Response to Regional Challenges: Role of Research in Policy-making”. During this Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti (RC) “Responding to regional challenges: Role of research in shaping policy” and ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal H.E. Thomas Gass present a paper “Importance of research partnership in key socio-economic issues between Switzerland and Nepal. A book “Partnership in Development oriented Research” published by South Asia Regional Office was launched by former Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal during the seminar.
New partner of Nepal Research Group:
The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is a DFID funded group of organisations carrying out research on livelihoods, basic services and social protection in places affected by conflict. The Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), led by the London School of Economics, received a grant by DFID in the same funding round to research justice and security in conflict settings. Both consortia are currently in the inception year of a six year programme.
RCO together with TAAN Western Regional Chapter, Pokhara, HNRSC –KU and Nepal Tourism Board organized a national seminar on “Role of Tourism in Sustainable Peace and prosperity” on 20th February 2011. During the time, governmental officer, security personals, tourism entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, and local communities place their views on this regards.
On 19th January, 2011 COLARP organized a book launching and Press Release programme, where representatives of UN, universities, political parties, civil society, media, researchers, students, activists were present. Book titled "Land, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformation" published by COLARP under PAMS Project was launched by the then Finance Minister Mr Surendra Pandey. On the same programme Press Release of the PAMS Project was also conducted.
Mr. Basant Dawadi, ex. president of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal, Western Regional Chapter who was also the coordinator of our PAMS tourism project in western Nepal, has received the Excellent Tourism Development award of Kaski district in Western Nepal. It is rewarded to him jointly by Prime Minister of Nepal and District Local Development Officer of Kaski in a recognition for his contribution to the development of community based rural tourism in Kaski in which PAMS tourism project titled ' Developing a community based tourism model in Kaski district in Western Nepal ' located in Machhpuchhre Model Trek area occupy as a core tourism development work on the partnership approach between practitioners and researchers of NCCR North-South.
The NCCR North-South Regional Coordination Office of South Asia organized, together with the DSGZ and the Tata Institute of Social Science, a three-day workshop from 24th to 26th of January 2011 in Lonavala (Maharashtra) India. The 34 participants were PhD students from India, Nepal and Switzerland, leaders of the five research projects working in South Asia, the regional coordinators of South Asia, South East Asia and West Africa and two members of the Review Panel (Prof. N. Reddy, India and Prof. R. Jefferies U.K.). Unfortunately, our partners from Pakistan were not allowed to travel to India (with the exception of Dr. A. Suleri). The workshop was devoted in particular to mutual learning and exchange of ideas between the participants and the discussion of core research challenges (conceptual, theoretical, and methodological). The group went also to the ‘field’ and was warmly received by the village elites, but also experienced the hierarchies and exclusion processes of an Indian village.
On 24th January 2011, a successful meeting of RAB was held in Lonavala, India.
South Asia Coordination office is going to organize regional workshop from 24th to 26th January 2011 in Mumbai, India.
Dr Bishnu Raj Upreti was invited by the President of Federal Republic of Nepal on
Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti, RC, participated in the Face 2 Face event organized by Land Governance and Rural Advisory Services of, SDC Agriculture and Rural, Development Network at Cochabamba in 1st and 2nd week of July 2010. After ward he visited Central and South America Regional office of NCCR North-South. During his stay in Bolivia, Dr Upreti, met and discussed with various Bolivian politicians, parliamentary members, planners, ministers, researchers and activists. At the time of his stay in La Paz, Central and South America Regional office of NCCR North-South in Bolivia and CIDES-UMSA organized a conference where Dr. Upreti talked on “Current Challenges in Nepal” and two reputed Professors form CIDES-UMSA commented.
HNRSC-KU, together with RCO, published a book “The Remake of a State: Post-conflict Challenges and State Building in Nepal” edited by Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti, Dr. Sagar Raj Sharma, Prof. Dr. Kailash Nath Pyakuryal and Safal Ghimire.
HNRSC-KU selected two PhD students Rajya Laxmi Gurung under RP 6 on “The role of the private sector in peace promotion: An assessment of the benefits, limitations and determinants of corporate engagement in peace” and Nirmal Kumar B.K. under RP 2 on “Livelihood futures in resource-scare areas and the quest for inclusion of marginal group”.
HNRSC-KU, together with RCO, organized a one day workshop on “Envisioning Nepal for 2030” on 24th June 2010 at hotel Shangrila, Kathmandu. Researchers, academicians and business personnel were present during that time.
Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti, RC, gave talks to the senior officers of the Armed Police Force on "Challenges for Nepal’s peace process and managing political transition" on 25th June 2010 at Armed Police Force Headquarters at Halchowk, Kathmandu.
Dr. Ganesh Gurung, one of the NCCR North-South Collaborators appointed as member of National Planning Commission by the Government of Nepal in April 2010. NCCR family heartily congratulates Dr Gurung for this prestigious position and best wishes for his success.
5th NCCR North-South week took place in Aeschi, Switzerland from 8-12 March 2010. Head of IPs, Regional Coordinators, and senior researchers participated in the Week and finalized planning of the 10th year.
South Asia Coordination Office published a book titled "Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal" edited by Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti and Prof. Ulrike Mueller-Boeker.
South Asia Coordination Office is organizing a “Regional Workshop” from 24-26 January 2010 in Kathmandu. WP 2 head, senior researchers form South Asia, Swiss Peace, Regional Coordinator will actively participant in the workshop. During the workshop, the researchers will focus on: finalization of Phase II research, research strategy for phase III, harmonization of RPs, planning of publication and constitution of RAB members.
Swiss Ambassador to Nepal His Excellency Mr. Thomas Gass inaugurated the Machhapuchhre Model Trek in Kaski district of Nepal on 10 December 2009. The Model Trek was supported by NCCR North-South under PAMS Project. On the same day Honorable State Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Satrudhan P. Singha and Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti, RC of SAs handed over the infrastructure of Model Trek to Machhapuchhre Tourism Development Committee.
Mr. Tulasi Sigdel has been selected as a new PhD student from SAs under the Landscape and Democracy Project jointly launched by RCO, HNRSC-KU, University of Toronto , University of Edinburgh and Forest Action.
RP - 2: Livelihood Futures in Resource-Scarce Areas – and the Quest for the Inclusion of Marginal Groups had an Inception workshop from 29-31 October 2009 at RCO office. During this the team developed a general conceptual and methodological basis for empirical research of the Research Project “Livelihoods and exclusion”
NCCR delegates Dr. Thomas Breu, coordinator of NCCR North-South and Ms. Dominique Simone Rychen visited JACS SAs RCO office from 25-31st October 2009. Series of meeting were being conducted with different partners of SAs during their visit.
July 2, 2009
The NCCR N-S Regional Coordination Office together with PAMS Tourism, HNRSC-KU and TAAN Western Regional Chapter hold a half day interaction program in Pokhara to discuss the Code of Conduct for tourism and PAMS activities.
June 18, 2009
The NCCR Nepal Research Group holds a meeting at 08:30 AM at Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka.
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