Drawing Lessons From the 2010 Haiti Earthquake - Part 2
The physically affected areas of an earthquake exercise an almost hypnotic effect on relief organizations. The needs are so glaringly obvious and overwhelming that it seems something of a diversion to look at non-affected areas. But in the case of a disaster hitting the capital or major city, there are repercussions for the whole country. Central government administrative and other service delivery is inevitably weakened. Below are some recommendations and lessons for Nepal from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Read more
Making Fund Transfer and Relief Work Through NGOs
On May 01, 2015, the Minister of Finance made a statement allowing registered NGOs to be engaged in relief work by receiving development relief and funds intended for relief victims. While it is encouraging to hear such a statement, as we have seen in the past, issues tend to emerge at the time of renewal of NGOs, audits and submission of records to tax offices. What is needed is therefore a clear circular released by the Government providing clarification on key issues. Read more
Nepal's Recovery: Can the International Aid Community Break Entrenched Patterns?
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal was one that many had anticipated, although there was little strategic planning or advance preparation. The youthful tectonic plate wrinkle called the Himalayas was long overdue to shake up the region. Read more
Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Disaster Relief Efforts
Following the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake and the multiple aftershocks, we have received a lot of offers for volunteering and requests from people who want to make contributions. We have been engaging in knowledge management, quelling rumors through social media and helping coordinating people who are working in disaster relief.  Read more
Nepali World of Subsidies: Understanding Subsidies in the Power Sector in Nepal
Energy sources in Nepal comprise primarily of traditional sources with commercial sources prevalent among urban population, of which LPG is the most widely used source of energy. With Nepal lacking in petroleum resources of its own, it relies solely on imports from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to meet the ever increasing demand for petroleum products within the country. Read more
The World of Nepali IPPs: An Analysis of Independent Power Producers in Nepal
Nepal is said to have one of the highest hydropower potentials in the world with an electricity generation capacity of 83,000 MW of which 42,000 MW is said to be economically feasible. While these resources could be developed to transmit large scale benefits for the country, only 712.63 MW; which constitutes less than 1.70% of the economically feasible capacity, has been harnessed. Additionally hydropower comprises of only 2% of the total energy consumed within the country despite the various hydropower projects under development. Read more