Foreign Aid in 2030
Nepal being a least developed country, has various challenges ranging from social and economic to infrastructural ones, therefore amidst limited internal resources foreign aid is essential to enhance such shortfalls. While increased foreign aid in the annual budgets have become an annual trend, absorptive capacity remains relatively low at just 57% on average over the last six years. The low expenditure of committed aid has created pressure on domestic sources and questions raised about our capacity and performance, which could deter development partners to divert funds or discontinue commitments. Therefore, for minimized gap between commitment and disbursement of foreign aid, it is essential to first strengthen our implementation and fund utilization capacities. Read more
Nepal as a Part of South Asian Common Market and Land Bridge between Two Large Economies
The economic and trade integration process in South Asia is moving at a very slow pace as there are many roadblocks in the way of integrating transport, communication, trade and related infrastructures. The economic cooperation framework of SAARC was based on the pledges of its leaders to make South Asia an economic union by 2020 encompassing the stages of preferential trade agreement to free trade area, customs union, and common market. Read more
Tourism in 2030
Travel and tourism has become a universal activity in contemporary society. The volume, pattern, style and motivations of travel and tourism has evolved greatly and is changing dynamically with the number of international tourists’ crossing the billion mark in the year 2012. The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates suggest that the number will reach 1.8 billion by the year 2030. Read more
Nepalese Health Care Sector by 2030: Forces That Will Shape the Future
The growth of health sector in Nepal over the past two decades have surpassed previous growths over a similar duration. Government commitment of access to health care, the emergence of private sector and the expansion of educational initiatives in health sciences have fueled this progress and will continue to do so in coming decades Read more
Health in 2030
Nepal’s health sector is at crossroads now with the future looking cloudy at best. With public hospitals mostly in sorry state due to rampant political interference and mismanagement, the health sector is now dominated by exorbitantly costly private hospitals catering to the bulk of a largely destitute populace. With failure to teach evidence-based medicine at medical schools and to adopt a culture of healthy research among practitioners, we have been left behind even among sour South Asian neighbors. The blatant and anarchic commercialization of medical education is compromising quality of health care services in general. Read more
Education in 2030
In just over two decades, Nepal has made significant strides in improving access to education. The new constitution of Nepal has guaranteed right to universal free school education. Furthermore, the management of education system is distributed among local, state and central governments, wherein school-level education will come under the purview of the local government. Read more