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Rs 14.86 billion dev budget spent in last 25 days (rep 09/02/2017)

Govt bodies at a loss for lack of right to spend: On average, each ministry has extended spending authority to about 80pc projects and programmes, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 01/02/2017)

Portal offering official government data launched: offers more than  400 datasets spread  over 12 sections (kp 28/01/217) [see website]

Growth and prosperity: Nepal should enforce economic reforms and spend the capital budget (kp 25/01/2017)

Lawmakers slam government for sluggish development works (ht 24/01/2017)

Amlekhgunj oil pipeline named priority project (kp 19/01/2017) [This means absolutely nothing!]

Govt unveils Immediate Implementation Action Plan (rep 19/01/2017)

Inclusive Growth and Development Report-2017: Nepal tops regional ranking in inclusive development index, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 18/01/2017)

NRA to monitor I/NGO activities from next week, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 16/01/2017)

Clarion call for incorporating GHT as nat’l pride project (kp 16/01/2017)

Quake-hit in Ramechhap demand 2nd tranche of aid, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 16/01/2017)

Timber shortage in Gorkha hits reconstruction progress, by Sudip Kaini (kp 16/01/2017)

47.9 million cu ft timber needed for reconstruction (rep 16/01/2017)

Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds, interview with Govind Raj Pokharel, new CEO of NRA (kp 16/01/2017), Ramp up spending: That govt hasn’t acted, despite knowing pitfalls of low capital expenditure, is embarrassing (kp 17/01/2017), Low capital expenditure: Begging for money but not having a plan to spend it is an age-old problem in Nepal, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 17/01/2017), Govt to unveil action plan to ramp up capital expenditure, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 18/01/2017)

NRA bid to issue rebuilding grants before monsoon (kp 15/01/2017)

Reconstruction chipping away Bhaktapur’s heritage (ht 15/01/2017)

Nepal 8th largest LIDC to attract investment in PPP projects (kp 14/01/2017)

Quake survivors unhappy with government grant (ht 14/01/2017)

NRA starts data collection in Bhojpur, Khotang districts (kp 13/01/2017)

Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 12/01/2017)

Leadership change in NRA: Govt dismisses Gyewali, brings Pokharel back, by Pragati Shahi (kp 12/01/2017)

Localisation of humanitarian response: A lesson from Nepal’s earthquake is that INGOs need to strengthen local actors instead of themselves, by Subindra Bogati and Andy Featherstone (kp 12/01/2017)

NRNA begins construction of housing facility in Laprak, by Sudip Kaini (kp 12/01/2017)

Over 19,000 Bhaktapur quake-hit awaiting aid (kp 12/01/2017)

Priority project: Nepal needs to remove legal barriers such as difficult taxation and unclear policies in order to encourage foreign investment, by Binod Atreya (rep 11/01/2017)

NPC panel to standardise national pride project selection process (kp 10/01/2017)

Planning Commission endorses 14th 3-yr plan (kp 10/01/2017)

Continued aftershocks: Govt has to seriously look into how it is handling post-disaster reconstruction (kp 09/01/2017)

Govt nod for cost participatory projects (ht 09/01/2017)

Shortage of skilled workers affects reconstruction work (ht 07/01/2017)

Tired of the cold wait, quake survivors rebuild on their own (kp 06/01/2017)

Getting the facts straight: It’s high time the government and donors made an honest assessment of reconstruction and resettlement works in earthquake-affected areas, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 06/01/2017), Learning to reconstruct: Volunteers from around the world are filling the gap left by the government in helping rebuild quake-damaged schools, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 06/01/2017) [Be sure, NRA and govt will be looking for ways how to criticise and punish these voluteers!], Owning up to our past: Bureaucratic insensitivities worry local communities working to rebuild heritage sites, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 06/01/2017)

NRA chief furnishes clarification: Gyewali points finger of blame at govt agencies; Says he has fulfilled his duty within the given jurisdiction, by Pragati Shahi (kp 05/01/2017), No sight of solution to thousands of landless Kavre quake victims’ problem, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht 05/01/2017), NRA chief Gyewali blames govt for the delay, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 05/01/2017), Govt ‘decides’ to sack NRA chief Gyewali, by Praveen Dhakal (rep 05/01/2017), Govt prepares ground for giving NRA chief executive officer boot: Asks Sushil Gyewali to clarify why he should not be relieved of dutiesn CEO says he is yet to receive any letter seeking fresh clarification (kp 06/01/2017), Gyewali to furnish clarification tomorrow (ht 07/01/2017), Gyewali gets letter that seeks to send him packing (kp 07/01/2017), No justifiable ground to sack me: NRA CEO Gyewali defends, by Samipa Khanal (kp 09/01/2017), Gyewali moves court: Gyewali demands an interim order seeking his reinstatement as the chief executive officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (kp 17/01/2019)

Govt savings soar to Rs207b (kp 05/01/2017)

Female contractor busy building quake-hit village, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 05/01/2017)

Engineers reach Lamjung villages to collect data of quake survivors (kp 05/01/2017)

Tripartite pact signed with 87pc of registered families: NRA (kp 04/01/2017)

PM orders shot in the arm for national pride projects: More than half of the schemes fail to meet 50 percent performance target (kp 03/01/2017), PM directs ministries to regularly monitor P1 projects (ht 03/01/2017), Sluggish development: Govt should accord high priority  to national pride projects (kp 04/01/2017)

Survey for housing grant to be complete only by February (rep 03/01/2017), Data collection of quake victims in limbo (ht 03/01/2017)

Quake-hit families crushing pebbles for living, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 01/01/2017)

Govt seeks clarification from NRA chief exec: PM’s core team is learnt to have the perception that  Gyewali subtly defied the government’s instructions on the pretext of legal hurdles and donor sensitivity, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/12/2016), Government seeks clarification from NRA chief over ‘lacklustre’ performance, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 30/12/2016), Govt seeks clarification from NRA CEO again, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/12/2016)

Of overhead costs and underhand expenses, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep 30/12/2016)

NRA mobilises teams to find out vulnerable settlements (kp 28/12/2016) [Please take time! It's only 20 months since these settlements have been destroyed!], Technical teams to collect data on quake victims (ht 29/12/2016)

The Siraha model: In all future national budgets at least half the development expenditure should be earmarked for quick-yielding projects, by Sukhdev Shah (28/12/2016)

NRA staff agree to return to work (kp 27/12/2016), Govt increases allowances for rebuilding technicians (kp 30/12/2016)

Yes, we can! We need urgent structural reforms in order to encourage investments from the general public in productive sector, by Jaleshowar Pandey and Dinkar Nepal (rep 27/12/2016)

One year of reconstruction: Staff crunch dogs NRA since birth (kp 26/12/2016)

House panel directs govt to expedite IBN projects (ht 26/12/2016)

Quake victims’ data collection begins in Khotang (ht 25/12/2016)

Return to work within two days, govt tells engineers: Challenged to hand in  individual resignations  at concerned offices (kp 23/12/2016)

Govt to collect data of quake-hit households in Lamjung: An official at the Central Bureau of Statistics says engineers will start digital data compilation from December 30, by Aash Gurung (kp 22/12/2016) [Which engineers? Those who have resigned??]

Reconstruction woes: Providing succour to earthquake survivors is a national priority as well as a humanitarian imperative, by Maina Dhital (kp 22/12/2016)

Bitter winter looms: Govt’s handling of reconstruction has been slow and irresponsible (kp 21/12/2016), Construction of quake victims’ houses stops, by Arjun Poudel (ht 21/12/2016)

Reimagining development: The gap between NPC planning and implementation is rather big. So millions of Nepalis have been denied the right to participate in the shared national prosperity, by Simone Galimberti (rep 21/12/2016)

NRA engineers, technicians resign en masse, by Pragati Shahi (kp 21/12/2016), NRA upset by engineers’ unsporting action (kp 22/12/2016)

Post-quake rebuilding: Ministry okays distribution of second tranche of aid, by Pragati Shahi (kp 20/12/2016)

On the brink: One and a half years is a really long time for rebuilding. No wonder earthquake survivors feel like it’s been ages, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep 20/12/2016)

Council of ministers to discuss Kavre quake victims’ issues (ht 20/12/2016) [??]

NRA’s amendment proposal okayed (ht 19/12/2016)

Only 3637 quake victims of 94072 in Valley get first tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 19/12/2016)

Poverty alleviation: Thani seeks more teeth for ministry (kp 17/12/2016)

Rural reconstruction: Hope amid ruins; Government needs to ensure that reconstruction carried on individual basis or through I/NGOs meets safety standards, by Sandesh Paudyal (rep 17/12/2016)

Rebuilding staff on warpath (kp 17/12/2016), NRA forwards proposal to revise technicians’ incentives: The frequent strikes by the technical staff mobilised in quake-affected districts have affected the reconstruction works in rural districts (kp 18/12/2016)

Political stalemate ‘stalled’ reconstruction process (kp 16/12/2016), Political stalemate ‘stalled’ reconstruction process (kp 16/12/2016)

‘Govt ready to partner with private sector’ (ht 16/12/2016)

800 earthquake victims start rebuilding in Kavre (ht 15/12/2016)

Quake victims request second batch of aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 13/12/2016)

Over 445k families received first tranche of housing aid (kp 10/12/2016)

INGOs unable to fund Rs 300,000 quake grants for all, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 10/12/2016)

House panel tells govt to rise development expenditure (kp 09/12/2016), Actual budget spending reaches 6.5pc in first four months of FY: House panel criticises  the government for not being able to spend the money set aside for  development projects (kp 09/12/2016), House panel instructs NPC to shorten project approval process (ht 09/12/2016), Punish heads of projects that fail to spend: Development committee (rep 10/12/2016)

Promises to keep: The pledged assistance and the need for reconstruction should receive high priority of the government and the political parties (ht 09/12/2016)

Building back Bungamati: Earthquake survivors of historic town find that preserving heritage is expensive business, by Astha Joshi (nt 09/12/2016)

NRA lacks fund to distribute second tranche of housing grant (ht 08/12/2016)

NRA coordination committee urges acceleration in reconstruction works (ht 08/12/2016)

Most I/NGOs behind on monthly reports: NRA (ht 08/12/2016) [Deeds are more important than reports! What are you doing, NRA?]

Reconstruction of health post buildings delayed, by Sudip Kaini (kp 07/12/2016)

Unstable policies, standards, procedures hindering reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 07/12/2016)

NRA-hired engineers start protest (kp 07/12/2016), Engineers’ strike hits reconstruciton, by Sudip Kaini and Anish Tiwari (kp 09/12/2016)

Red Cross unhappy with govt's NGO policy on reconstruction (rep 07/12/2016)

Crucial investment-related decisions put on hold: Fate of mega projects in limbo as IBN noard meeting has not been held for many months, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 07/12/2016)

Government overlooks directives of Parliament’s Development Committee (ht 06/12/2016)

Sluggish construction affects reconstruction: In lack of building, a school operates from toilet, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 06/12/2016)

NRA misses its self-set deadlines again: The NRA has signed grant agreements with only 58,405 of the total 94,072 eligible victims, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 06/12/2016)

Always the same: The budget spent on the development projects at the last moment makes no sense as it compromises on the quality of work (ht 06/12/2016)

‘Nepal hasn’t done all that it should have done for growth’, interview with Jeffrey D Sachs (kp 05/12/2016), Country has strategic opportunities, says Sachs (ht 05/12/2016), Economist Sachs stresses hydropower development: Says Nepal must generate 10 GW in next 15 years for S Asia (rep 05/12/2016)

Survivors of quake-hit districts still waiting: Large number of affected households in Dhading, Makawanpur, Nuwakot yet to get housing aid, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/12/2016)

Quake victims demand inclusion of genuine victims for grants: Only 57 percent victims sign agreement due to obstruction so far; NRA shows indifference about the problem, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 03/12/2016)

10,600 quake-affected deprived of housing aid (kp 02/12/2016) [related to Makwanpur district only]

Reasons Behind Underdevelopment, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 01/12/2016)

Needs of the poor: Implement findings; The poor families should be provided identity cards that will enable them to receive ‘social security allowance’ and ‘compulsory health insurance’. This allowance can be used by the poor for total health care, by Vikash Raj Satyal (ht 01/12/2016)

Quake victims yet to recieve house construction grants, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 01/12/2016)

Govt seeks to boost capital expenditure, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 29/11/2016)

NPC to finalise 3-year plan within December: The three-year plan has envisaged attaining economic growth of 6.5 percent in the current fiscal year; 7.2 percent in fiscal year 2017-18; and 7.9 percent in 2018-19 (kp 27/11/2016), Beyond rituals: Govt should depart from ritualistic practice of framing short-term plans (kp 01/12/2016)

Reconstruction of govt buildings begins (ht 27/11/2016)

NRA picks BFIs to distribute aid inside Valley (kp 26/11/2016), 5 days left for signing agreement with Valley quake victims (rep 26/11/2016)

300 schools without classrooms in Sindhupalchok, by Anish Tiwari (kp 26/11/2016)

17,000 cu ft timber distributed in Sindhupalchok: Few families have started building homes due to ‘insufficient’ fundNepal receives around  Rs 70 billion every year  in remittances from migrant workers who are based in India, by Anish Tiwari (kp 25/11/2016) [!!]

PM's promise delays second tranche of quake grant: 1,114 victims apply for second tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 24/11/2016)

Quake victims in despair as harsh winter looms, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 24/11/2016)

Quake victims left to shiver under temporary tents: How can we construct quake-resistant house with Rs 50,000?: Quake victims, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 23/11/2016)

Rebuilding ongoing for 12k houses: 3162 houses being  reconstructed in Nuwakot, 2143 in Dhading, 1583 in Sindhupalchok, 1214 in Dolakha and 994 in Kavre (kp 23/11/2016), Reconstruction of around 12,000 homes begins (ht 23/11/2016)

53 homes built in two months: Earthquake survivors were provided construction materials instead of cash, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 23/11/2016)

Timely release of funds crucial to implement projects: NRA; The NRA has estimated a budget of Rs 120.75 billion alone for the housing aid—for the first and second phase of aid distribution to around 7.5m households (kp 22/11/2016), Now for action: The NRA has spent a lot of time and energy just in preparing the action plan. Now, it is time to put the plan into action (ht 22/11/2016)

As winter looms Sankhu quake victims start rebuilding without aid, by Gyan P. Neupane and Sangeet Sangroula (rep 22/11/2016)

NRNA to rebuild houses in Laprak (ht 22/11/2016) [Why has NRNA not been allowed to do so before?]

‘Nepal yet to localise SDGs’: government insists works to achieve sustainable development goals have been initiated; Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan  have moved way ahead in terms of localising SDGs; Among the least developed countries, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Laos are ahead of Nepal (kp 22/11/2016), Need for localising, institutionalising SDGs at national level stressed (ht 22/11/2016)

NRA unveils time-bound action plan: The NRA says it will deploy 100 volunteers to each of the affected VDCs; sign agreements with quake victims in Kathmandu Valley within 10 days (kp 21/11/2016), NRA to settle complaints by Jan (ht 21/11/2016), Quake survivors in Gulmi sans housing aid, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 21/11/2016)

Govt preparing to show NRA chief door? Rift between Dahal, Gyewali has widened of late, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 18/11/2016)

6,000 quake victims living around BP Highway not granted permits for house reconstruction (ht 18/11/2016)

Post-earthquake response: The way forward, by Kedar Neupane (ht 18/11/2016)

Project doldrums: Many of the instructions are simply ignored; most of the rest are implemented half-heartedly, leading to their very slow pace (ht 18/11/2016)

Recovery is still a far cry in Barpak, by Sudip Kaini (kp 18/11/2016), Quake-destroyed homestays reopen after reconstruction, by Sudip Kaini (kp 18/11/2016)

Quake victims in trouble as houses under construction fail to meet standard, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 17/11/2016)

PM Dahal talks to NRA chair about reconstruction delays: The directive committee of National Reconstruction Authority will discuss a time-bound action plan on Sunday (kp 16/11/2016), PM dissatisfied with NRA’s work (ht 16/11/2016), Approaching winter concerns quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 16/11/2016), Community school students still studying in temporary classrooms, by Pratap Bista (kp 16/11/2016), Reconstruction grant agreement signing resumes at Raksirang (ht 16/11/2016)

Rising recurrent spending poses fiscal risk: ADB (kp 16/11/2016) [see ADB report, pp. 70-73]

Housing aid yet to reach needy in remote VDCs, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp 15/11/2016)

‘More women needed in all sectors for development’ (ht 15/11/2016)

Dozens of projects left incomplete in Rolpa, by Kashiram Dangi (kp 14/11/2016)

A little politics: Over-politicization of society has hindered development initiatives in Nepal’s countryside, by Dinkar Nepal (rep)

NRA teams to monitor housing aid utilisation (kp 12/11/2016)

Reduced poverty: Much neglected; A progressive distributional policy together with the suitable institutional setups and arrangements at the grassroots for ensuring exclusively the access of poor to social and physical infrastructure as well as financial services is also a necessity, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht 11/11/2016)

Locals rue govt delay in signing grant agreement (ht 10/11/2016)

NRA mobilises Rs 3.57billion for housing grant in Valley: The fund will be used to provide first tranche of Rs 50,000 to the beneficiaries (kp 10/11/2016)

Work delayed: Coordination among all agencies are vital is to complete projects on time. But this coordination in Nepal has always been elusive (ht 10/11/2016)

Learn From Delhi, by Shyam KC (kp 09/11/2016)

It'll take over 3 months to address quake victims' complaints: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 08/11/2016)

IB mulls household insurance for quake grant beneficiaries (kp 06/11/2016)

Housing aid signing process begins in Valley (kp 05/11/2016), Govt to sign grant deal with quake survivors (ht 06/11/2016)

Langtang folk step up rebuilding efforts, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 30/10/2016)

NRA aid panel meet to raise recovery funds (kp 29/10/2016) [?? You're not even able to distribute the huge amount of money you already have at hand!!]

Making plans credible: In spite of a long history of development planning, results have consistently fallen short of forecasts, by Tula Raj Basyal (kp 28/10/2016)

Dhurmus-Suntali to hand over model settlement to quake victims today, by Dhurba Dangal (rep 28/10/2016)

The long wait: People displaced by the earthquakes cannot be left in limbo for much longer (kp 27/10/2016), PM tells NRA to pick up pace (kp 27/10/2016) [Yes, please take govt and parties as example!]

Sindhuli quake victims yet to get grant (ht 25/10/2016), Shindhu quake victims wait for 2nd batch of aid, by Anish Tiwari (kp 26/10/2016)

Dissected development: Post-earthquake recovery efforts need to be consolidated for greater effectiveness, by Sudeep Uprety (kp 25/10/2016)

Crucial projects in limbo as IBN board meeting stalled, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 25/10/2016)

Common goals: We urge every Nepali to know the SDGs and engage in their achievement, by Valerie Julliand (rep 24/10/2016)

Timber crisis affecting housing reconstruction, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 23/10/2016)

At least 900 people in Kavre yet to receive aid for rebuilding (kp 23/10/2016)

Slow progress in development works criticised (ht 21/10/2016)

Quake victims in Valley to get first tranche before Tihar: Ministry; Around 100,000 victims in Valley may qualify for house reconstruction grant: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 20/10/2016) [And what about the victims in the so far untouched rural districts?], Work begins to release housing aid in Valley (kp 26/10/2016)

350,000 families still without aid (kp 19/10/2016) [Besides, victims in many districts have not been included at all!]

Treasury surplus soars to Rs191b as capital spending slacks (kp 18/10/2016), Govt expenditure at 12.37pc: Only 3.42 per cent of total allocated budget of Rs 311.95 billion for development works spent in the first quarter of current fiscal year (ht 18/10/2016), ), Spend timely and wisely: For Nepal, lack of money is not as big problem as is the failure to use it (kp 19/10/2016)

'Construction materials banks' to open in quake-hit areas, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 18/10/2016)

Understanding resilience: Simply incorporating the term in the local lexicon without unpacking its tenets could render the concept meaningless, by Ajaya Dixt, Kanmani Venkasteswaran and Ashutosh Shukla (kp 17/10/2016)

CBS concludes beneficiary survey in Valley, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 17/10/2016)

School reconstruction yet to gather pace, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/10/2016)

Quake victims yet to receive govt grant (ht 15/10/2016)

Not working: Constraints on effective development planning are pretty much the same now as they were in the 1960s, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 14/10/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: 100,000 homeless families without aid, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 08/10/2016)

Integrated settlement for quake survivors: PM Dahal lays foundation stone, by Sudip Kaini (kp 08/10/2016)

Fair disbursement: Govt needs to make sure quake victims can access aid even without political connections (kp 06/10/2016), Slow progress: It is still not clear when the NRA will conclude agreements with the development partners for the financial assistance they had pledged (ht 06/10/2016), Landless earthquake victims deprived of grants, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 06/10/2016)

Nepal stares at funding gap of Rs 600 billion, by Pragati Shahi (kp 05/10/2016), NRA has signed up only Rs 272b so far out of 938b needed: Less than half the signed-up amount received, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 05/10/2016)

NRA gears up to form a panel for aid management (kp 04/10/2016)

Contractors abandoning fully-paid-for projects, officials remain mum, by Raju Adhikari (rep 03/10/2016)

Development policy credit: Negotiations stall for lack of meeting preconditions; Delay in passing Bank and Financial Institution Act and anti-money laundering regulations hampers negotiations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/10/2016)

Engineers to distribute grant: Government has decided to authorise engineers to distribute housing aid in those districts which lack local bodies (kp 30/09/2016)

Cashing in on politics: For the moment there is only Rs 343 billion in the kitty for reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 30/09/2016), Reconstruction grant is Dasain allowance: Earthquake survivors are using the first tranche of their home reconstruction grant for everything but reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 30/09/2016), NRA warns against spending reconstruction money on Dashain (rep 01/10/2016)

Post-quake rebuilding: With few takers, timbers start to decay, by Anish Tiwari (kp 30/09/2016)

NRA fails to provide first instalment of grant to quake survivors (ht 29/09/2016)

Filling the gap: In the absence of men it’s the women who are taking up the responsibility of rebuilding houses in rural areas, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 28/09/2016)

Implementing new announcements: PM asks secretaries for action plan (kp 26/09/2016), PM not dissatisfied with NRA, says Gyawali (ht 26/09/2016), NRA may decide on additional grant today, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 26/09/2016), PM gives NRA until Oct 6 to issue first housing grants (kp 27/09/2016)

Capital expenditure fails to pick up pace: Only 0.9 per cent of Rs 311.9 billion spent so far this fiscal year, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 25/09/2016)

Hope against hope: Nepal’s dream of development may materialise if major parties agree on national goals and priorities, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp 25/09/2016)

A sustainable Nepal: nstead of relying too much on other countries, Nepal should devise policies to foster self-reliance, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp 25/09/2016)

Engineers call off strike (kp 25/09/2016)

Aid distribution: Over Rs18b mobilised for first tranche of cash: NRA; Of an estimated 800,000 homes damaged in 14 districts, NRA listed 533,182 as true beneficiaries (kp 21/09/2016), Housing grant distribution: Local bodies told to distribute first tranche before Dashain; he local bodies have so far signed grant agreements only with 450,032 of house owners (rep 22/09/2016)

Over 70 per cent quake-hit households get first instalment (ht 19/09/2016) [But only in 11 districts and almost one and a half year after the earthquake!], Over 150k needy yet to get first trance of aid (kp 20/09/2016), 25 per cent quake victims receive grant amount in Kavre (ht 20/09/2016)

Handing over contracts of up to Rs 1 billion to Nepalis:Provision draws flak; Government, however, says measure will enhance skills of Nepali contractors (kp 18/09/2016)

Lack of relocation plan puts victims on a slippery slope: Some families have already started rebuilding on the same spot where their previous houses once stood, by Pragati Shahi (kp 18/09/2016)

Preparations underway to decommission Nepal Peace Trust Fund (kp 18/09/2016)

Call to use single women’s fund in rebuilding homes: The fund, set up by the Women’s Ministry, has Rs40 million lying unused for the past three years (kp 17/09/2016)

Victims put off by red tape in grant distribution, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 16/09/2016)

Rebuilding aid: Deals with households in Valley from next week; The NRA says distribution of housing aid will start immediately after the completion of verification of quake-hit households (kp 15/09/2016)

Quake victims spend housing Aid on clothes, electronics (kp 14/09/2016) [This should not be generalised! Top mobiles can hardly be financed by the small amount of "housing aid" some of the victims have got so far!]

Almost half of national pride projects fail to meet target (kp 13/09/2016), Full steam ahead: PM Dahal should keep his word about implementing national pride projects (kp 14/09/2016)

Rebuilding in Okhaldhunga: Engineers go on strike; Engineer Rajendra Dhamala says they have started the protest to mount pressure on the NRA for appointment letter and salary (kp 13/09/2016)

Main contractor to be held liable for timely implementation of projects: NDAC (ht 13/09/2016)

Planning body gets full shape (kp 12/09/2016)

Earthquake survivors still await govt grant (ht 10/09/2016)

PM offers Rs 700k succour to kins of deceased migrants: Pledges to set up seed fund for blood money and start work permit renewal service from embassies (kp 09/09/2016), PM’s extra assistance promise hard to keep: There is a funding gap of Rs488 billion, excluding the Rs80 billion required to provide the additional Rs100,000 per household (kp 09/09/2016) [Call it populist propaganda!]

Nat’l pride projects fall short on quality compliance: NVC (kp 09/09/2016)

Govt prepares to up housing grant: PM Dahal reiterates government’s commitment to help the quake-affected by increasing the grant by an additional Rs100,000 (kp 06/09/2016), Rs 50k cannot build a house: Quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 06/09/2016)

More than half of listed households get rebuilding aid (kp 04/09/2016) [one and a half year after the earthquake some pocket money for half of the households in a handful of districts only!]

PAF launches training scheme for urban poor (kp 02/09/2016)

From un-uniform development ...: We know what needs to be done to raise Nepal’s Human Development Index, we just need to do it, by Manish Jha (nt 02/09/2016)

Inconsistent policy: Providing Rs. 50,000 to those whose houses were not damaged so badly and an additional Rs. 400,000 for purchasing land at safer places on top of Rs. 200,000 is good (ht) [Even more important would be to include the people in all the affected rural districts and not only a few of them including the KTM valley!]

Crafting a revolution: Mahabir Pun’s idea of a 50-crore hydro fund and allocating a portion of generated revenue to an innovation center is logical, by Raju Adhikari (rep 30/08/2016)

Quake-hit villages of Sindhupalchowk finally start receiving grants, by Dhurba Dangal (rep 30/08/2016)

Sindhuli quake victims complain against NRA (ht 29/08/2016)

Over 31 pc earthquake victims receive first tranche (rep 29/08/2016)

Reconstruction resource centres scrapped (kp 18/08/2016) [??]

NRA completes assessment of 50,000 Valley households: The NRA says it aims to complete assessment of all affected households in Kathmandu Valley by mid-September (kp 24/08/2016)

Grant distribution gathers pace (ht 22/08/2016)

Survey in remaining 17 quake-hit districts only after a month (rep 20/08/2016)

Building back better: Strengthen local efforts, by Valerie Julliand (ht 19/08/2016)

PM for increasing reconstruction grant to Rs 300,000, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 17/08/2016)

PM urged to crack the whip over development projects, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 17/08/2016)

Signing of housing grant agreements in limbo in Kavre (ht 13/08/2016)

Not the fairest of them all: For all the expenses on reconstruction, an investment of a few million rupees more is worth the aesthetic value, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/08/2016)

Housing aid distribution: PM asks authorities to release first tranche by mid-Sept (kp 11/08/2016), ‘Sindhu survivors to get aid in a month’ (kp 11/08/2016)

Planning Commission VC Khatiwada quits (kp 09/08/2016)

300 quake-hit families get animal sheds (kp 06/08/2016)

Close to 300k families sign housing aid deal (kp 05/08/2016))

Ministries asked to submit programmes for approval (kp 02/08/2016)

Nuwakot folk uphold tradition while building quake-resistant houses, by Krishna Thapa (kp 31/07/2016)

Necessity of culture: The impact of the earthquake cannot and should not be measured in physical terms only, by Umesh Pokharel (kp 31/07/2016)

Nepal And SDGs, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 30/07/2016)

Builders of Barpak: With electrification, Barpak is back in business, by Manisha Aryal (nt 29/07/2016)

Engineers decry lack of pay and work in Dolakha: Engineers deployed to the district say that they have been without work and pay from the day they arrived two months ago (kp 27/07/2016)

Speed it up: It is over a year and still many earthquake victims are without shelters. The grant should be provided without delay so that the homeless people can build permanent houses (ht 27/07/2016)

CLPIU gets nod from NRA to utilise Rs 20 billion (ht 27/07/2016)

Housing grant distribution on hold since July 16, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 26/07/2016)

Quake victims’ data collection begins in Bhaktapur (ht 25/07/2016) [??]

NRA gets finance ministry’s go-ahead to spend Rs 84bn (ht 24/07/2016)

In northern Dhading, elderly face daunting task of rebuilding, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 20/07/2016)

Nepal 2030: It’s possible for the country to become a $100 billion economy and graduate to a middle-income country by 2030; In villages, people who buy motorcycles, smartphones and lots of alcohol with their own money, wait for the assistance of some government  body or NGO to build a toilet  in their house, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 19/07/2016)

Financing infrastructure: Being ambitious about it is okay, but it should not be used  to score political points founded on misplaced nationalism, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 19/07/2016)

Quake victims’ data to be collected again Bhaktapur (ht 19/07/2016)

Kavre tremor victims get first instalment of grant amount (ht 19/07/2016)

Post-earthquake reconstruction: Directive to promote local participation (kp 18/07/2016)

NRA signs aid agreements with 248,559 families (kp 16/07/2016)

Only 2 out of 17 ADB-funded projects making progress: Only Melamchi Water Supply Project and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation power system  expansion project have achieved good performance (kp 15/07/2016)

Plans That Look Awesome On the Drawing Board, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 14/07/2016)

Nearly 100,000 households claim to be excluded from NRA’s beneficiary list (ht 14/07/2016) [not to talk about the completely excluded districts!]

Villagers building quake-resilient homes in Gorkha (kp 13/07/2016)

NRA wants more staff to expedite rebuilding: The NRA has so far signed housing aid agreements with 223,830 families (kp 09/07/2016)

Lengthy grants process a big hassle for quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 09/07/2016)

The black roofs of Gatlang: Once lauded as the ‘gem’ of the Tamang Heritage Trail, Gatlang is now  scrambling to salvage what the earthquakes ruined, by Umesh Pokharel (kp 09/07/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Banks to disburse aid to cluster settlements (kp 08/07/2016)

Quake-hit abandon shelters, return to whence they came, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 04/07/2016)

NRA endorses complaint redressal guideline (ht 03/07/2016)

Donors warn of pulling plug on support programme: Express serious concerns about quality of construction, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 30/06/2016), NRA signs aid deal with over 180k families (kp 30/06/2016), WB brings housing aid deal home to govt: Reiterates grant in three tranches after achieving ‘defined milestones’ (kp 01/07/2016) [?? Nobody can start reconstruction of sustainable houses with 415€, not even in rural areas of Nepal! Even 1660€ are only an assist-starting for families that have lost everything!], Congress calls for holding talks with donors, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 01/07/2016)

Dilemma of LDCs: Nepal should have graduated in 2001; It did not; Now the target year is 2022, but Nepal won’t be able to graduate in that year either, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 29/06/2016)

NRA sub-regional offices authorised for rebuilding (kp 28/06/2016)

Army starts handover of community homes (kp 25/06/2016)

Nepal's development black hole: Why large energy and infrastructure projects never seem to get off the ground, by Lokmani Rai (nt 24/06/2016)

NRA flooded with 73,187 complaints, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 23/06/2016)

Subsidised credit for rebuilding homes: Loans worth Rs 16.5m extended as of mid-May (kp 19/06/2016)

Govt treasury surplus reaches all-time high: Sluggish capital expenditure leaves over Rs 200 billion in state coffers, by Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/06/2016) [Against the background of the people's sufferings and urgend needs, this is a fundamental humanitarian crime for which the irresponsible politicians and administrators should stand trial!], House reconstruction programme: Guthi land dwellers could miss out on aid; The National Reconstruction Authority has announced  to distribute house reconstruction aid to only those quake survivors who have land deeds (kp 18/06/2016)

NA building safe community homes in quake-hit areas (kp 16/06/2016)

Misplaced charity: NC’s criticism of government irregularities in reconstruction needs serious attention (kp 16/06/2016)

Reconstruction aid list: 14,000 quake-displaced in Dolakha lodge complaints, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 14/06/2016)

Local elections must to speed up reconstruction work, say experts (ht 14/06/2016)

2,004 beneficiaries get housing grant (ht 13/06/2016)

The waiting game: At Siru Bari, a quaint hamlet in Nuwakot ravaged by last year’s quakes, patience is wearing thin, by Dibesh Karmacharya (kp 11/06/2016)

Government plans to implement 484 projects next fiscal: Average spending on each development project jumps by 33 per cent to Rs 1.3 billion (ht 11/06/2016)

Over 171k households to get first tranche of housing grant (ht 10/06/2016), NRA orders release of first tranche to 171,677 victims (rep 10/06/2016)

944 families get rebuilding aid in Gorkha, by Sudip Kaini (kp 07/06/2016)

NRA signs pact to rebuild 8,100 houses (ht 07/06/2016)

Ministries bypassing NPC in project selection process, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 06/06/2016)

Earthquake resilient construction: Masons, carpenters hone skills, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/06/2016)

Leave no child behind: We should always ask whether any legal, policy or program choice will benefit all children regardless of who they are and where they come from, by Dilli Guragai (rep 04/06/2016)

Plan Performance In Nepal: Effective Implementation Needed, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/06/2016)

NRA fails to include all affected households: Lawmakers point out discrepancies in the beneficiary survey conducted by the authority (ht 02/06/2016), NRA survey left out many quake victims: Lawmakers, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 02/06/2016)

Development Works At The Eleventh Hour, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/06/2016)

NRA signs pact to distribute relief funds (kp 01/06/2016), Grant for victims: Besides providing the grant assistance to the victims the NRA should also provide tents and tarpaulins to the victims so that they protect themselves from the rains till they build their permanent shelters (kp 01/06/2016), Empty VDC secretary posts in quake districts slow grant pay outs, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 01/06/2016)

36,287 quake grants inked, 1,000 victims get 1st tranche so far, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/05/2016)

Harnessing people’s power: Nepal could have a National Volunteering Week to remind ourselves what citizens can do if they unite, by Simone Galimberti (kp 29/05/2016)

NRA, bankers’ associations agree on housing grant disbursement (kp 28/05/2016), Distribution of housing grant to earthquake survivors to start soon (ht 28/05/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Engineers idle for want of rebuilding aid agreement (kp 27/05/2016)

Flawed category: Can the state have two definitions of family, one for imposing tax and another for providing compensation?, by Lokranjan Parajuli (kp 26/05/2016)

Govt directs local bodies to take lead: Local development officers, chief and executive officers of municipalities and VDC secretaries of 14 districts to take lead in data collection, identification of victims, expert coordination and information dissemination, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 25/05/2016) [Why only 14 districts? Solukhumbu, for example, has been heavily affected by the earthquakes with many houses being uninhabitable as officially recognised by the government!]

There is hope: Cities and towns that have a large number of development organisations have created great rent-seeking models, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 24/05/2016)

Woe is us: Nepal is stuck in poverty while the rest of the world has taken a great leap forward, by Shree Prasad Devkota, Shiba Bagale and Shreeya Devkota (kp 24/05/2016)

Unspent budget: Political instability and interference both at the planning and operational levels hinder timely completion of projects, by Chandan Sapkota (kp 23/05/2016)

Govt plans to significantly raise public spending, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 22/05/2016)

House rebuilding aid delayed in Dolakha district, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 18/05/2016), ‘Vulnerable groups at exclusion risk’ (kp 18/05/2016)

Rs 410 billion to come from donors: Besides Rs91b for 2015-16, NRA plans an additional on-budget expenditure of Rs450b over the next three fiscal years (kp 18/05/2016)

Rs 11b aid for 11 districts (kp 17/05/2016)

Capital spending at 22 percent till mid-May: Govt spending on development work equal to  about 50% of what it spent on its employees' salary, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 17/05/2016) [!!]

13th three-year plan: Most of goals unachieved (kp 16/05/2016), 13th periodic plan more misses than hits, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 16/05/2016)

Signing of grant agreement halted in Kavre villages (ht 16/05/2016)

NRA issues guidelines for volunteer mobilization, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 16/05/2016)

CPIU releases Rs 11bn for reconstruction purposes (ht 16/05/2016)

1,040 engineers in quake-hit districts (kp 14/05/2016)

Post-disaster recovery framework: Rs 838b five-yr reconstruction plan unveiled; ‘Private houses to be constructed within two years’; According to the Post-Disaster Recovery Framework, 500,000 households, 7,000 educational institutions, 446 health posts, 2,900 heritage sites were damaged by last year’s quakes (kp 13/05/2016)

Shortage of forms halts aid agreement process (kp 12/05/2016)

Long hibernation: Many things to do, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 11/05/2016)

Majority of P1 projects likely to miss targets (ht 08/05/2016)

Engineers reach Gorkha to help people rebuild, by Sudip Kaini (kp 06/05/2016)

Contracts for development projects delayed (ht 06/05/2016)

Khumbu locals build houses on their owns, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 05/05/2016)

Govt sitting on Rs 100 billion, unable to spend: 21 national pride projects and 326 under priority one suffer, by Laxman Biyogi (rep 05/05/2016)

Govt to form labor pool to facilitate reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 05/05/2016)

NRNA asked to build model settlement in 2 years (ht 03/05/2016)

Parties ask cadres to help in house reconstruction  (kp 29/04/2016) [Without any money from reconstruction funds??]

Poor show: Nepal has not been able to make sustained progress in bringing down the poverty rate, by Nav Raj Simkhada (kp 29/04/2016)

Over 1,300 engineers deployed in 11 districts (kp 28/04/2016)

Quake survivors urge govt to rope in development partners, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 28/04/2016)

Govt in dark about work of most aid agencies in quake-hit districts, by Narhari Sapkota, Nirajan Paudel, Ramesh Khatiwada and Dhruba Dangal (rep 28/04/2016) [The government is in the dark because it left the suffering people alone for one year! NGOs do the work that should have been done by government agencies!]

Dream project limited in paper since three decades, by Raju Adhikari (rep 27/04/2016)

Donors need to reduce areas of operation: MoF (ht 25/04/2016)

Improving the lives of children: The year to come will be critical as UNICEF wants to build back better and reduce disaster risks for children, by Karin Hulshof (kp 24/04/2016)

Building back better? Lack proper risk assessments of settlements in many of the worst affected areas are adding to vulnerability of the population, not lessening it, by Pragati Shahi (kp 24/04/2016)

Building better: We should improve rehabilitation services and build accessible infrastructures, by Phillip Sheppard (kp 24/04/2016)

Year of inaction: The performance of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), which was established with much fan-fare, has been disappointing, by David Kainee (rep 23/04/2016), Virtually no gov’t rebuilding a year after Nepal quake, by Binaj Gurubacharya (kp 23/04/2016), Forget them not: On first anniversary quake victims are waiting for government support and donors are frustrated, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 23/04/2016), NRA fails to introduce PDRF on time (ht 23/04/2016), Landless quake victims missing out as Nepal rebuilds: Oxfam (ht 23/04/2016), Dolakha locals reconstruct quake-damaged houses with locally-available resources, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 23/04/2016), 319,912 households ‘real beneficiaries’: Rebuilding authority to start signing aid agreements from tomorrow (kp 23/04/2016)

Restructuring The National Planning Commission, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 23/04/2016)

Loans issued to quake survivors in Hetauda, by Pratap Bista (kp 22/04/2016)

Barpak born again: The epicentre of destruction has also become the epicentre of reconstruction, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 22/04/2016)

Govt forms panel to find new IBN CEO: Is in bid to remove Radhes Pant as the head of Investment Board Nepal in volte-face on its four-month-old decision to let him continue in office (kp 21/04/2016) [Another decision mere party political reasons!], Government announces vacancy for IBN’s CEO (kp 24/04/2016)

Grant distribution to begin in 11 quake-hit districts, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 21/04/2016)

Rebuilding works set for expansion in 11 districts (kp 20/04/2016), Langtang locals unhappy with NRA, by Krishna Thapa (kp 20/04/2016)

New law to crack down on slow project developers, by Bibek Subedi (kp 20/04/2016)

Go local: The NRA has proposed 17 different residential building models for post-quake rebuilding. Most of these models are defective, by Keshab Sharma (rep 19/04/2016)

Govt plans to invest Rs 816bn to develop transport sector (ht 18/04/2016)

Govt unveils ambitious plan to build roads, railways: Spending platform for transport infrastructure (rep 18/04/2016) [Dream, dream, dream... Ten years ago, they also promised promised an inclusive federal republic within 2 or 3 years and now they have reiterated the non-inclusive state!!]

Projects stuck midway due to lazy contractors: Emboldened by government’s reluctance to take action for falling behind schedule, the slowpoke contractors have been showing little interest in completing the projects, by Madhav Aryal (kp 16/04/2016)

Laying Foundation Of Airport In Pokhara, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 16/04/2016)

NRA allows NGOs, INGOs to extend grants to earthquake survivors (ht 16/04/2016) [Govt and NRA are still trying to make help for last year's earthquake victims as complicated as possible instead of finally distributing the international aid money to the suffering people and hindering NGO#s to fill the gap!!]

Housing aid too little, too late? Gorkha tremor survivors say Rs 200,000 not enough to build homes, by Sudip Kaini (kp 15/04/2016)

NRA to get budget of around Rs 150bn next fiscal year: Authority unlikely to introduce post-disaster recovery framework for reconstruction within April 24 deadline, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/04/2016)

2,400 engineers in all districts soon (kp 14/04/2016)

Central bank’s loan scheme for quake survivors falls flat, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/04/2016)

Politically possessed: Political instability and excessive politicisation are taking a toll on Nepal’s development, by Ram Sharan Mahat (kp 13/04/2016)

Progress of national pride projects poor: OAG (ht 12/04/2016)

NRA to allow NGOs in rebuilding homes: Extra rules for mobilisation via one door; 3-side deal for reconstruction, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 11/04/2016), NRA guideline on mobilisation of NGOs in offing (ht 12/04/2016)

Reconstruction authority begins work in Kavre (ht 11/04/2016)

NRA: Grant distribution through banks difficult in remote areas, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 07/04/2016)

Little Things Making Big Impacts, by Prem Khatry (rn 05/04/2016)

Plans approved sans public deliberations (ht 05/04/2016)

Govt’s direct payment method to ease hassles (kp 04/04/2016)

Without support of the victims the TRC will not succeed, interview with Surya Kiran Gurung,  Chairperson of the TRC (kp 04/04/2016)

NRA eschews its decision on aid distribution (kp 04/04/2016)

Development versus environment: PM’s directive to bypass EIA draws flak; Oli concerned over delay caused by environment assessment in development activities (kp 03/04/2016)

Against all odds: One man’s struggle to preserve his family home tugs at a larger struggle to conserve privately-owned traditional homes of Kathmandu, by Chandni KC (kp 02/04/2016)

NRA extends first instalment of grant (ht 02/04/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Over half a million damaged houses surveyed so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 01/04/2016), Re-verification delays timber distribution (kp 01/04/2016)

Govt aims at reducing poverty to below 5pc (kp 01/04/2016)

NPC prepares concept note on country’s 14th periodic plan, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 01/04/2016), NPC targets $2,500 per capita GNI in next 15 years, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 01/04/2016)

Nepal seeks easier access to funds, technology to attain SDGs (ht 01/04/2016)

Contract period for ongoing projects will be extended: PM (ht 31/03/2016)

Ramp up investment in human capital development: ADB (ht 31/03/2016)

Ensure HR during post-quake recovery’ (kp 30/03/2016), Rights-based reconstruction: The National Reconstruction Authority should treat the earthquake victims as rights holders and empower them, by Madhab Regmi (kp 30/03/2016), PM censures NRA, and by extension, own govt: NC leader Mahat accuses government of viewing reconstruction through partisan lense, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 30/03/2016) [Oli forgot to mention himself and the other so-called leaders as the most responsible persons!!], Markhu survivors take out loans for rebuilding, by Pratap Bista (kp 30/03/2016)

Ruined reconstruction: Works held hostage by disputes, red tape, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 28/03/2016)

10 more rebuilding resource centres to be established (kp 27/03/2016)

Pace of post-quake reconstruction too slow, say German MPs (ht 27/03/2016)

Govt has to spend Rs 1.66b daily to use up development budget, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 26/03/2016)

NRA issues rebuilding funds to ministries, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/03/2016)

Slow pace of aid signing irks NRA (kp 25/03/2016)

MoF not reporting on spending by development projects, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 25/03/2016)

First office set up outside Capital (kp 24/03/2016), NRA’s first sub-regional office opens (ht 24/03/2016)

Uphill task for NRA: to put together team: Some argue mobilising civil servants will be easier than hiring new staff, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 23/03/2016)

Public entities to be held liable for project implementation delay, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp 23/03/2016)

Reconstruction and its elusive grand narrative: The government has boxed itself into an impossible situation of trying to control everything, something it doesn’t have the required resources or capabilities to do, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 19/03/2016)

More problems likely to rain down on quake survivors this monsoon: NRA mulling ‘transitional shelters’ as rebuilding work fails to take off, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 18/03/2016), Complaints outnumber aid deals (kp 18/03/2016)

Delay in budget authorization, lack of coordination, affecting development projects: Khatiwada (rep 17/03/2016)

78 Singati families receive letters for housing grant, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 15/03/2016) [??]

Plan distributed substandard zinc sheets: Quake victims, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 15/03/2016)

To self-sufficiency: Our average annual growth since 1990 has been a miserly four percent, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (rep 15/03/2016)

Himalayan consensus: It is essential to think of alternative development paradigms, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 15/03/2016)

Diesel shortage hits development projects (rep 15/03/2016)

Govt unveils 10-yr action plan to eliminate hunger (kp 14/03/2016), Poverty will be history in 10 years, says PM (ht 14/03/2016) [Flathead!], Country prepares national action plan to reduce poverty (ht 14/03/2016)

Government set to miss target of key indicators: Review of 13th periodic plan, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 14/03/2016)

First grants to be issued from Singati centre: Two banks are  scheduled to sign grant contracts with displaced families today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 13/03/2016) [Please not mere show but effective relief and reconstruction aid for quake effected families without further delay!!], Banks find few takers for loans to rebuild quake-hit houses: Bankers attribute the low demand for  the credit to ‘complicated procedure’ (kp 13/03/2016), Housing aid distribution from Singati deferred: Leaders of some parties demand cash for all at once (kp 14/03/2016), Local protests mar quake grant distribution: NRA accused of mobilizing NGOs only, bypassing local leaders, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 14/03/2016)

‘Govt should identify areas to ensure success of PPP projects’ (ht 13/03/2016)

NPC intensifies consultations to devise periodic plan for federal Nepal (rep 12/03/2016)

Deconstruction authority: The government should stop trying to be a control freak, and open up the space for earthquake survivors to easily rebuild their homes (nt 11/03/2016)

Quake victims rebuilding on their own worry about reconstruction grant, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 11/03/2016)

Rules in place to supply timber for quake-hit (kp 11/03/2016) [11 months after the earthquake!!], No relief: 2.5 million earthquake survivors have waited one year for help while the Reconstruction Authority discusses procedures and guidelines, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 11/03/2016)

Agreements on housing reconstruction signed (ht 11/03/2016)

Hunger and poverty: Top national agenda, by José Graziano da Silva (ht 11/03/2016)

Talk of quick survey for aid hollow: House assessment aimed to be completed by mid-April but, as of yesterday, only 46 percent work over: NRA, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 10/03/2016), Call to involve women in rebuilding process (kp 10/03/2016), Ensure safety before rebuilding: Singati folk, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 10/03/2016)

Earthquake victims: Banks seek permission to disburse grants, by Bibek Subedi (kp 09/03/2016)

With will and strong backs, a quake-hit village rebuilds without waiting for govt: What kept them from giving up was a decision that the village has capacity to recover (ht 09/03/2016)

National Pride Projects: Only 8 percent of budget utilised (kp 08/03/2016)

NRA shifts goalpost as victims wait: While the Post Disaster Needs Assessment has put the number  of earthquake-affected houses at 498,852, the Nepal Reconstruction Authority has surveyed only 150,000 households so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 07/03/2016), NAR to distribute first installment of grant: The authority will soon provide 25pc of total amount to quake-affected households (ht 07/03/2016) [???], Homes for earthquake victims unlikely before monsoon: NRA (kp 08/03/2016), Reconstruction body preparing framework (kp 09/03/2016)

1,300 get accounts as NRA gears up for rebuilding aid: Cash distribution to be delayed due to NC convention (kp 04/03/2016)

Earthquake Response: One-Door Policy and Multi-Door Expectations, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 04/03/2016)

Making Development Sustainable, by Basu Uprety (sp 04/03/2016)

Govt mandates NRA to disburse rebuilding aid: Families rendered  homeless will get  Rs 200,000 each and house loan of up to  Rs 2.5 million (kp 03/03/2016)

Call for gender-friendly programmes (kp 03/03/2016)

NRA fails to set up regional offices: Staff shortage blamed; Planned reconstruction from Singati, Dolakha uncertain; No decision on hiring , by Bhadra Sharma (kp 01/03/2016

NRA tightens noose around I/NGOs: Nonprofits barred from engaging in reconstruction work without prior approval (rep 29/02/2016) [?? This reminds of the government statements shortly after the earthquakes! The affected people are still waiting in vain!!], Victims remain in dark about govt reconstruction program, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 29/02/2016)

Govt needs to spend Rs 1.39 billion development expenditure every day, by Kuvera Chalise (rep 29/02/2016)

‘Do not build houses without govt assistance’: The request from the authority comes at a time when the quake victims have begun to reconstruct houses on their own (kp 28/02/2016) [After almost one year of government non-action??]

NRA starts drafting INGO Mobilisation Directive (ht 27/02/2016)

Up to Rs 2.5m loan for rebuilding homes: NRA: NRA to provide subsidised loan of up to Rs 2.5 for  reubilding in cities and  Rs 1.5 in rural areas (kp 26/02/2016), Reconstruction grant distribution to begin March 3, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 26/02/2016)

NRA forms committee to simplify process of extending grant, loans (ht 26/02/2016)

A greener world: The ‘Make Nepal Green’ conference highlights the importance of self-reliance and renewable energy development, by Yu Wei Liew (nt 26/02/2016)

Financing a bright future: A successful replenishment of the ADF will help low-income countries to expand on their progress, by Indu Bhushan and Kenichi Yokoyama (kp 25/02/2016)

Learning from others: Often the question is whether villages should be rebuilt in their original locations or relocated to less disaster-prone areas, by Keshab Sharma (rep 25/02/2016)

‘Geological study before rebuilding’: A preliminary study identifies 143 settlements in need of immediate attention in 14 most affected districts, by Pragati Shahi (kp 24/02/2016)

School reconstruction set to begin from Lalitpur (kp 23/02/2016)

NRA calls for Nepal-India mechanism: Seeks to ensure smooth supply of construction materials during post-quake reconstruction phase (ht 23/02/2016)

Spending on priority projects down: The government spent 22.37 percent of the  allocated budget for first priority projects in the  first half of the fiscal year (rep 23/02/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Government to use banking channel for aid distribution (kp 22/02/2016)

Endless disputes delay infrastructure projects, by Amrita Anmol (kp 22/02/2016)

Ministry's delay hampers reconstruction works: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 22/02/2016)

Tendering versus conservation: Local community members have already raised their voices to stop the construction through tendering, by Kai Weise (ht 20/02/2016)

Fake earthquake victims disrupt data collection, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 18/02/2016)

Govt to appoint section officers as VDC secretaries in quake-affected districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/02/2016)

Chand-led Maoists hinder data collection of quake victims in Kavre (ht 16/02/2016)

Language barrier causing hassles in quake data collection, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 15/02/2016)

Govt to shorten EIA from 120 to 39 days, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/02/2016)

Aiming high: As for the realization of SDGs, there are a number of big ifs and buts which have to be resolved to achieve them (ht 15/02/2016)

Local obstructions take toll on development process (ht 15/02/2016)

A time to rebuild: Evidence from the past quakes clearly indicates that one of the major causes of building damage is foundational failure, by Rakam Lama Tamang (kp 14/02/2016)

‘National effort, global cooperation a must to meet SDGs’ (ht 13/02/2016)

Reconstruction drive: Government signs aid accords worth Rs90b, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/02/2016)

Big projects remain stalled for over six months, by Arjun Oli (rep 08/02/2016)

The Opportunity of Building Back Better: There is a huge need to rebuild houses since more than 800,000 homes were completely destroyed or damaged in the affected districts, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 06/02/2016)

Reconstruction body to fast-track buying: Contracts up to Rs 500m to be handled at NRA level (kp 05/02/2016))

Regulator mess hampers I/NGOs’ quake rehab bi: Minister Mainali’s cadres have padlocked Social Welfare Council member secy’s office while incum-bent has been recalled (kp 31/01/2016) [??]

PM visits integrated model settlement in Kavre: Says reconstruction of damaged infrastructure would be carried out in three phases (ht 31/01/2016)

Red Cross to build 11,600 houses in quake-hit districts, by Sudip Kaini (kp 30/01/2016)

It takes a village: An inspiring story is unfolding in a Jyapu settlement in the north-east corner of Patan, and it is making headlines for all the right reasons, by Akriti Shilpakar (kp 30/01/2016)

All eyes on the NRA: The Reconstruction Authority has slid back into oblivion after the CEO’s appointment, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 29/01/2016)

Poverty alleviation schemes: Govt drafts new policy (kp 28/01/2016)

Dev partners have reservation on additional performance guarantee provision: Amendment to Public Procurement Act, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 28/01/2016)

Reconstruction authority working at snail’s pace: NRA struggles to recruit staff members even after one month, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 25/01/2016)

Post quake reconstruction: Govt to deploy more engineers; 450 professionals to assess damage in 11 districts (kp 24/01/2016), Govt deploys 21 staffers at NRA: The reconstruction authority sets a target of officially beginning work in all earthquake-hit villages by April 25 (kp 25/01/2016)

No clue for staff supply at NRA (kp 22/01/2016)

Response Architecture, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 22/01/2016)

Govt aid may be too little, too late for earthquake survivors, by Pragati Shahi (kp 19/01/2016)

Planning commission starts drafting 3-year 14th periodic plan (ht 19/01/2016)

Senior govt officials reluctant to join NRA; Factors: Working with ‘untested’ boss, career concerns (kp 18/01/2016)

NRA entrusts NGO to recruit 3,000 engineers for damage survey, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 18/01/2016)

Build back better: Govts have moral obligation and social responsibility to protect civilians during natural disasters, by Sumesh Shiwakoty (kp 18/01/2016)

Rebuilding campaign set to kick-start today: Actual work will begin on April 24, on the eve of the first anniversary of the quake (kp 16/01/2016), Reconstruction has begun, by Sushil Gyawali (kp 16/01/2016), Much-delayed  rebuilding  campaign inaugurated: NRA aims to start building ravaged homes from April 24, on the eve of quake anniversary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/01/2016), Reconstruction mega campaign kicks off, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 17/01/2016), Bad beginning: Starting symbolic reconstruction from Kathmandu makes govt look myopic (kp 18/01/2016), Delayed campaign: The quake victims will have to spendyet another rainy season in makeshift shelters already damaged by the previous monsoon and the snowfall in Gorkha district (ht 18/01/2016)

Citizen initiative for reconstruction: The project is expected to help locals rebuild 82 houses in the area that would have a local touch, including the ancient architecture, with modern infrastructure (kp 15/01/2016)

Nepal earthquake reconstruction to take years, NAR chief says (ht 15/01/2016)

Victims clueless about resilient homes: Say they don’t understand house designs described in English; UNDP launches awareness drive in coordination with govt, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 15/01/2016)

Timber distribution: Government decision delay pegs back rebuilding works (kp 15/01/2016)

Standards for construction materials yet to be finalised (ht 15/01/2016)

Locals come together to rebuild Pilachhen in Lalitpur (ht 15/01/2016)

Reconstruction body unveils action plan (kp 14/01/2016), NAR unveils four-phase reconstruction plan (ht 14/01/2016), Crude measure: Govt’s call to channel reconstruction aid through it lacks public legitimacy (kp 14/01/2016)

NRA endorses two-tier structure for rebuilding (kp 13/01/2016)

Monasteries denied rebuilding funds, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/01/2016)

NAR to open 7 sub-regional offices (ht 12/01/2016)

Works on big development projects resume: The government has made available fuel to 20 hydro projects in different parts of the country that can be completed within a year, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 11/01/2016)

House panel asks govt to disclose post-quake reconstruction plans (ht 11/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Survivors likely to get grant for rebuilding only after April (kp 11/01/2016), Reconstruction to begin only after mid-April: National action plan for reconstruction not possible without detailed assessment: Gyewali, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 11/01/2016)

Experts: Engineers should be responsible, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 11/01/2016)

Time to grow: nepal needs to manage its resources and prioritise  its goals to achieve sustainable development, by Yuba Raj Guragain (kp 10/01/2016)

Rebuilding on drawing board amid staff lack, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 09/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: ‘Lack of workforce a challenge’, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 09/01/2016)

NRA to lay foundations for one house, one heritage site on quake safety day (kp 08/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Distribution of grant only after getting ‘exact details’ (kp 07/01/2016)

A harder road ahead: Avoiding irregularities and misuse of funds will be a herculean task for the Reconstruction Authority, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 05/01/2016)

Show and tell: Reconstruction Authority needs to show courage, and automony from political parties (kp 04/01/2016)

Agitation, blockade taking toll on development works (ht 04/01/2016)

Home-grown human resource to rebuild damaged structures: PM (kp 03/01/2016)

CBS to hold census in tremor-hit areas: Move will make it easy for govt to distribute relief, carry out rebuilding (kp 02/01/2016), Electronic data recording begins, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 02/01/2016)

Shortages stall construction work at priority projects (kp 02/01/2016), Key development projects off target: Only five national pride projects have met 80 pc of target (ht 02/01/2016)

$1.3b to be invested in road, energy projects (kp 01/01/2016)

Authority to reconstruct: The Reconstruction Authority finally has a chief, but now there is no money for helicopters, by Om Astha Rai (nt 01/01/2015)

Parliamentary panel calls for dev-friendly setting: Land acquisition and compensation have been hindering the development of infrastructure projects (kp 01/01/2016)

Food for work programme: Quake survivors  rebuilding villages, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 31/12/2015)

NRA to announce programmes in mid-January: Authority CEO Gyawali said that reconstruction programmes would be made public on National Earthquake Safety Day (kp 30/12/2015)

Moving ahead: The government needs to prioritise economic growth and development, by Dirgha Raj Joshi (kp 29/12/2015)

Sushil Gyawali named NRA chief, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/12/2015)

Inclusive growth: Ambitious but achievable, by Janardan Dev Pant (ht 25/12/2015)

MDGs and children: Way forward, by Pratistha Koirala (ht 23/12/2015)

Training for development: Decades-long donor-funded and I/NGOs-driven disaster risk reduction programmes may not be trusted, by Gyanendra Gurung (kp 21/12/2015)

Policy for sustainable development unveiled: Nature Conservation National Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development envisions a prosperous Nepal through sustainable use of natural resources (kp 18/12/2015)

Reconstruction Bill passed unopposed: Decks cleared for the formation of the National Reconstruction Authority almost eight months after the April 25 earthquake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/12/2015), Guidelines on aid to earthquake victims: Govt to provide Rs 200k to half a million families (kp 17/12/2015), Quake-displaced in Palpa building houses on their own (kp 17/12/2015), Reconstruction bill endorsed (ht 21/12/2015)

Quake-affected in Sankhu may be denied subsidy (kp 11/12/2015)

Lack of fuel, materials halts construction (kp 28/11/2015)

NC, UML fight over CEO post: Govt has not begun reconstruction works seven months after the devastating quake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/11/2015), Reconstruction bill stuck with House panel: CEO appointment a sticking point with both main opposition and CPN-UML, by Prakash Acharya (ht 25/11/2015) [Isn't there any law expert who can file a law case against these criminal and irresponsible politicians who play with the life and future of the Nepali citizens??], Displaced families brace for cold winter, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 25/11/2015), Communication with disaster affected: Humanitarian response, by Surendra Pokharel (ht 25/11/2015), EU urges govt to speed up rebuilding efforts (kp 25/11/2015), Online Fund-Raising: An Experience, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 25/11/2015)

Formation of reconstruction authority: Bill likely to enter Parliament through voting; Parties miss consensus deadline; NC insists Govind Pokhrel should helm the reconstruction body, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2015) [Only power games count, not the suffering of the peoples! Throw these politicians into the dustbin!], Need of the hour: Reconstruction is on hold thanks to political parties’ partisan interests (kp 24/11/2015)

NPC given task of post-quake reconstruction and relief work (ht 20/11/2015), Planning commission initiates process to kick-start reconstruction works (ht 24/11/2015)

Rebuilding rural Nepal: Lessons for improvement, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 20/11/2015)

Owners use green technology to rebuild quake-damaged brick kilns, by Pragati Shahi (kp 19/11/2015)

Women seek role in reconstruction body (kp 19/11/2015), Women demand ‘meaningful’ role in reconstruction campaign (ht 19/11/2015)

NC to press govt to pass reconstruction bill at earliest (ht 17/11/2015) [It should have been passed already five months ago when the NC was heading the government!!]

Earthquake displaced unable to build without new building code, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 17/11/2015)

Development projects benefit quake survivors, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 16/11/2015)

Adieu to poverty: Though ambitious, the goal to end poverty by 2030 is still achievable, by Rabindra Suwal (kp 11/11/2015)

‘Bring all oppn parties on board’ (ht 09/11/2015), Govt action plan gathers dust: Absence of NRA and coordination among ministries are main reasons behind delay; It is already one month since the action plan for releasing grant assistance was endorsed by the Cabinet, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 09/11/2015), Dispute puts formation of recon body in doubt (kp 09/11/2015) [To hell with all these incompetent politicians!!], NC demands consensus on reconstruction bill (ht 09/11/2015)

Previous appointments to Reconstruction Authority likely to end, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/11/2015)

Reconstruction Bill at House likely on Sunday (kp 06/11/2015)

National pride projects stall due to fuel crisis (kp 06/11/2015)

Khatiwada appointed NPC vice-chair (kp 05/11/2015), Khatiwada appointed new NPC vice-chairman (kp 05/11/2015)

Ministries told to speed up reconstruction efforts (kp 05/11/2015)

Reconstruction policy in limbo sans NRA, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 01/11/2015)

Six months after quake: Displaced brace for harsh winter (kp 31/10/2015), Nowhere to go: It’s six months  since the April 25 earthquake, and many victims are still living in camps, by Pratibha Tuladhar (kp 31/10/2015), ‘Reinstate NRA to expedite recovery efforts’ (ht 31/10/2015)

Rebuilding Authority Bill in limbo (kp 30/10/2015), A race against winter: The Indian blockade has impeded reconstruction and humanitarian efforts to protect earthquake survivors before winter sets in, by Om Astha Rai (nt 30/10/2015) [Not to forget the inactivity of the govt!]

Winter is coming: The Oli govt needs to prioritise the pending reconstruction work (kp 28/10/2015)

Vice-chair Pokhrel, members of NPC submit resignation (kp 26/10/2015)

‘Fuel crisis delaying recovery efforts’ (ht 26/10/2015), Delays in policy and fuel crisis holding up recovery efforts (ht), Election of local bodies still uncertain (ht 26/10/2015)

Political turmoil clouds post-quake reconstruction works: In the absence of the National Reconstruction Authority the works have ground to a halt (kp 25/10/2015), Nepal earthquakes leave bitter legacy as children become quarry for traffickers (ht 25/10/2015), Nepal earthquake continues to drive aftershocks through the lives of women (ht 25/10/2015)

Earthquake-hit to build model houses, by Aash Gurung (kp 19/19/29015)

PPP model projects (ht 19/10/2015)

Benefits of sharing: Strong community involvement and benefit sharing enable locals to find innovative solutions to their needs, by Rashmi Kiran Shrestha (rep 17/10/2015)

Donor agencies to rebuild over 250 health facilities, by Arjun Poudel (rep 15/10/2015)

Housekeeping first: PM KP Oli must revive the Reconstruction Authority to jumpstart rebuilding and redevelopment, by Shesh Ghale (kp 15/10/2015)

UK concerned over delay in reconstruction (kp 14/10/2015)

NRNA to rebuild 1,000 homes for quake victims within two years (ht 13/10/2015) [And what is the government doing with the 4.4 billion dollars from donor nations??]

Help from abroad: Non-Resident Nepalis can provide much needed resources and expertise to rebuild Nepal, by Ratan K. Jha (kp 12/10/2015)

That elusive subsidy: Questions every earthquake-affected family will now ask is why the enumeration once again, by Weena Pun (kp 10/10/2015)

Investment wanted: Nepal’s goal to graduate from an LDC to a developing country requires huge capital, by Prem Dangal (kp 09/10/2015)

Quake-affected families await rebuilding plan (kp 07/10/2015), From frying pan into firePassing Reconstruction Bill could give much-needed push to economy (kp 07/10/2015)

Tale of two quakes The delay in passing the reconstruction bill shows that our leaders are not serious about rebuilding Nepal, by Gyanendra Gurung (kp 05/10/2015)

HR experts call for a sound HR policy in Nepal (kp 04/10/2015)

Reconstruction materials: Reuse the rubble, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 01/10/2015)

NPC starts reviewing progress of MDGs (ht 01/10/2015)

INGOs call for revival of reconstruction authority (ht 01/10/2015)

NPC working on draft of a new Act (ht 30/09/2015)

Delivering SDGs: SDGs offer an opportunity for Nepal to synchronize its development approach with global goals, by Jony Mainali (rep 30/09/2015)

Shelters to houses, by Weena Pun (kp 26/09/2015)

100 community infrastructures reconstructed (ht 25/09/2015)

Langtang rising: A strong sense of community and help from outside assists survivors to rebuild their homes and lives, by Upasana Khadka (kp 25/09/2015) [And what about the responsiblity of the central government?]

IDPG: Finalise reconstruction authority bill (kp 24/09/2015)

Time to rebuild: The government should train masons, electricians and plumbers on sustainable building techniques, by Rabin Bastola (kp 23/09/2015)

The devastating earthquake: Reconstructing Kathmandu, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (ht 23/09/2015)

Material benefits: Use of locally available resources in the reconstruction process will help revive the rural economy, by Indra Adhikari and Uddhab Pyakurel (kp 22/09/2015)

Development works fail to deliver expected results: Govt instructs concerned authorities inside Kathmandu Valley to complete all road construction works within this fiscal year (kp 20/09/2015)

Youth’s Participation For Development, by Jhabindra Bhandari (rn 19/09/2015)

Small is beautiful: Micro-Enterprise Development Programme has contributed to offset trade deficit, thereby laying the foundation for sustainable development, by Ram Sharan Sedhai (rep 19/09/2015)

A fresh start: The government’s plan to train 50,000 youths for construction in quake-affected districts is a challenging task, by Rommel J. Pun (kp 18/09/2015)

Pilot project on integrated settlement soon, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 17/09/2015)

New Bill tabled to give legitimacy: Bill gives validity to works done by previous ordinance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/09/2015), New Reconstruction Authority bill tabled (ht 16/09/2015), Reconstruction plan in disarray: Instead of passing the Bill, the House sent it to the Good Governance Committee for discussion, by< Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/09/2015))

Reconstruction With Equity, by Gyan Basnet (rn 15/09/2015), Equitable reconstruction: Quantum shift in governance, by Gyan Basnet (ht 17/09/2015)

Cheap talk: Instead of endlessly talking about prosperity, the Finance Minister should instead have outlined tackling poverty as his primary agenda, by Sukhdev Shah (rep 15/09/2015)

Interactive infographics in NPC’s new website (ht 15/09/2015) [see website]

NPC lays groundwork for SDG implementation, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/09/2015)

NPC starts framing 14th periodic plan (ht 11/09/2015)

Works under now-expired ordinance validated, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/09/2015)

Big 3 set to table new Bill on Reconstruction body, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/09/2015), Post earthquake reconstruction: Experts criticise govt rebuilding approach (kp 09/09/2015)

Rebuilding Nepal: The Open University Initiative (OUI) aims to take education opportunities to the grassroots communities, by Raju Adhikari, Pramod Dhakal, Drona Rasali and Ambika Adhikari (rep 09/09/2015)

CBS upgrading Statistics Act to keep up with times (kp 08/09/2015), CBS launches Kathmandu Declaration (ht 08/09/2015)

Wrangling over Reconstruction Authority returns: Maoists want bill revised, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/09/2015)

Mission impossible: Most Sustainable Development Goals that the government aspires to are impractical, by Vikash Raj Satyal (rep 07/09/2015)

‘Govt should rebuild heritage’, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 05/09/2015)

Govt plans new mechanism for reconstruction, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2015)

Deconstructing reconstruction: Rebuilding destroyed homes has been unnecessarily delayed by lack of money, masons and clear government policy, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 04/09/2015), How politics blocks relief: Will the survivors of the earthquake suffer the same fate as the victims of the Jure landslide who are still waiting for compensation and relocation?, by Yuvaraj Puri (nt 04/09/2015)

Rebuilding authority remains ‘suspended’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/09/2015), NC, UML at odds over validating Reconstruction Authority (kp 04/09/2015), Dead and buried: Dissolution of Reconstruction Authority reveals govt’s disregard of quake victims (kp 04/09/2015) [!!], New Bill on reconstruction soon: Govinda Pokhrel ro continue as Chief Executive Officer of Authority (ht 04/09/2015), Reconstruction body in limbo as ordinance expires , by Sangeet Dangroula (rep 04/09/2015)

Three strikes: To promote long term growth and reduce trade deficit Nepal needs to focus on sectors in which it has comparative edge, by Ayush Manandhar (rep 02/09/2015)

Performance of national pride projects satisfactory: NPC (ht 01/09/2015)

‘Rs2.22t’ needed to address infra gap (kp 31/08/2015)

KMC, NSET sign MoU for post-quake reconstruction (ht 29/08/2015)

Build back safer: A proven documentary to inspire earthquake-resistant construction for Nepal, by Aparajita Acharya (nt 28/08/2015)

Reconstruction Authority begins work: Selects Pilachhein to implement urban renewal project, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 26/08/2015), Quake reconstruction to cover 31 districts (rep 26/08/2015), Time to act fast (ht 27/08/2015), Post-disaster reconstruction: Listen to the affected, by Sangram S. Lama Tamang (ht 27/08/2015)

‘Quake masons up for rebuilding’ (kp 26/08/2015)

Ministries cagey about PM relief fund spending, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 25/08/2015)

Dreams to rebuild: Concerned authorities should listen to the modest proposals of Nepali architects, by Abhi Subedi (kp 23/08/2015)

Spending aid: The quality of reconstruction projects should not be compromised in the name of fast-tracking the process, by Tilakman Singh Bhandari (kp 21/08/2015)

Tragedy and farce: Nepal’s slow reconstruction process is an indication of its failure to learn from history, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 20/08/2015)

New age leaders: The discourse on leadership is being redefined globally and Nepal has a lot to catch up, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 18/08/2015)

Quake relief distributed against guidelines in Kavrepalanchowk, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 17/08/2015)

NPC taskforce to make recommendations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/08/2015)

Suggestions for the NRA: Although the NRA has been set up, reliability and the management of reconstruction tasks are exigent, by Pramesh KC (kp 16/08/2015)

Pokhrel CEO of National Reconstruction Authority (ht 14/08/2015), The authority to rebuild: Do we have the political will to save time and money to fuse the long-pending Disaster Management Authority with the Reconstruction Authority? (nt 14/08/2015), Better build back: Nepal’s post-earthquake rehabilitation now hinges on the formation of a credible and independent Reconstruction Authority, by Sonia Awale (nt 14/08/2015), Development partners optimistic: Appointment of Reconstruction Authority CEO fuels hope for momentum, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 15/08/2015), Good move: Govinda Pokhrel is a sound choice to lead the Reconstruction Authority (kp 17/08/2015)

Raise investment: Lack of funding has placed water and sanitation under risk, by Govind Shrestha (rep 13/08/2015)

Ministries table schemes at House sans NPC nod: While ministries say NPC delayed approval, the latter terms programmes ‘unbalanced’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/08/2015)

75 pc discount for rebuilding completely damaged structures’ (ht 09/08/2015)

Rebuilding policy (ht 07/08/2015)

After chief secy, hunt intensifies for NRA CEO (kp 06/08/2015)

NPC frames draft of reconstruction policy, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 06/08/2015)

NVP launches reconstruction network, lauds volunteerism (ht 02/08/2015)

Co-op Ministry moves to streamline operations (kp 31/07/2015)

UNICEF cash succour to most vulnerable families (ht 26/07/2015)

Post quake reconstruction: Dwellings planned for congested areas, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 23/07/2015)

Development budget freezes after quake (ht 21/07/2015)

Embracing adversity: Tight now our definition of a better world is limited to "not this", which is a pretty big set to sample from, by Rajesh Shrestha and Suman Ghimire (rep 20/07/2015)

Post-quake recovery: Experts focus on resilient livelihoods (kp 18/07/2015)

Parallel circuits: As we rebuild homes, can we dismantle gender norms?, by Weena Pun (kp 18/07/2015)

Total expenditure expected to reach 85pc of allocation (kp 16/07/2015)

Govt hints at giving Rs 5 million more, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/07/2015), ‘MPs spent as they pleased’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 12/07/2015)

Govt not raising internal debt as planned, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/07/2015)

Focus on vulnerable populations (ht 11/07/2015)

Rebuilding quake-hit economy: Finance Minister has to balance two crucial tasks: Reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and boosting GDP growth, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/07/2015)

Disaster-hit people: Right to live with dignity, by Amrit Prasad Sharma (ht 08/07/2015)

Putting people first: Nepal needs to take cue from Haiti and involve locals to make reconstruction efforts effective, by Radha Paudel (kp 07/07/2015)

NPC sees huge growth prospect in rebuilding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/07/2015)

From relief to reconstruction, by Apoorva Lal (kp 04/07/2015)

Govt seeks constructive role of pvt sector, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/07/2015)

Ramblings on reconstruction, by Kai Weise (ht 04/07/2015)

Decisions Could Have Been Better, by Modnath Dhakal (rn 03/07/2015)

Post-quake Reconstruction: An Exigent Task Ahead, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/07/2015)

Building it right: It is time we considered geological factors like liquefaction while carrying out any construction activity, by Rakam Lama Tamang (kp 01/07/2015)

Miles to go: While more funds are necessary for reconstruction, utilisation of resources looks to be a greater challenge, by Som P. Pudasaini (kp 30/06/2015)

Reconstruction and rehabilitation: If all pledged aid comes, govt need not use its funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2015)

Going against the current: To avoid the disastrous consequences of earthquakes, we must promote sustainable development practices, by Yuba Raj Guragain (kp 28/06/2015)

Unpaid armies: Nepal has the chance to make volunteerism more effective and accommodating, by Simone Galimberti (kp 21/06/2015), Caribbean lessons: Now is the time for Nepal to capitalise on its citizens skilled in urban planning and civil engineering, by Junu Shrestha (kp 21/06/2015), Building back: Reconstruction demands serious study of the factors that led to collapse of buildings during the quake, by Pramod Neupane (kp 21/06/2015)

Earthquake could jeopardise millennium health goals: MoHP; Programmes for safe motherhood, child and neonatal health could be affected, states MoHP study (kp 17/06/2015)

Nepal achieves MDG target for reducing hunger: FAO says the country has managed to halve the prevalence of undernourishment (ht 30/05/2015)

Pancheshwor project slows to crawl after initial burst, by Sanmjeev Giri (kp 28/05/2015)

Officials, contractors accused of using substandard materials, by Awadhesh Kumar Jha (kp 25/05/2015)

Temblors upset bid to graduate from LDC (kp 19/05/2015), Graduation from LDC status by 2022 becomes an even more distant goal (ht), FinMin warns quakes could reverse gains (kp 19/05/2015)

Most construction jobs not completed on time: OAG (kp 25/04/2015)

More investment in infrastructure necessary: Country needs to allocate 12 per cent of GDP until 2020 to bridge yawning gaps in the sector, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 25/04/2015)

The poor and poorer: Poverty alleviation programmes and the influx of remittance, are not eliminating poverty; they are simply creating new kinds of poor, by Radha Paudel (kp 24/04/2015)

The development riddle: If policies hinder development, we are eht ones who should change such policies, by Rabindra Adhikari (rep 24/04/2015)

Will constitution herald new era in development? Some rule out the argument outright: They say constitution is just an excuse?, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 24/04/2015)

Economic transformation through asset creation, by Radhesh Pant (rep 24/04/2015)

Igniting growth through infrastructure investments: Efficient construction management is critical to control time, cost, and quality of infrastructure works, by Kenichi Yokoyama (rep 24/04/2025)

Slow and unsteady: Influential politicians, including Prime Ministers, focused on small projects to please cadres and vote banks, by Rameshwor Khanal (rep 24/04/2015)

Booming India & China: Opportunity for Nepal; The two emerging economies in Asia are competing to invest in Nepal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/04/2015)

We need higher growth for a meaningful graduation, by Swarnim Waglé (rep 24/04/2015)

Restructuring The NPC, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 23/04/2015)

Only 32 percent budget spent in Kaski as fiscal-end looms: Delay in budget allocation and the authorities’ failure to take action against errant contractors causes repeatedmissed deadlines in completion of projects , by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 22/04/2015)

MoF to expedite development expenditure (ht 20/04/2015)

Doing much with little: Despite limited resources and political instability, Nepal is doing well on health, social indicators, by Jaya Lamichhane (kp 19/04/2015)

Better Coordination For Better Social Protection, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 17/04/2015)

Nepal faces tough task to attain high growth (kp 16/04/2015)

Rags to riches: Nepal could transform itself if it learned from Lee Kuan Yew and devised policies to mobilise its human resources, by Sandhya Regmi (kp 14/04/2015)

Nepal’s ranking in SPI improves: Is 98th among 133 countries surveyed, second in South Asia (ht 10/04/2015) [see Nepal data]

Nepal on course to graduate from LDC status: United Nations: UN has declared that the country has met adequate targets required for graduation, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 09/04/2015)

Nepal needs project-financing policy, laws for large-scale investment, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 06/04/2015)

Projects without technical praparations: Govt told not to allocate budget (kp 04/04/2015)

Pvt project developers to get special treatment (ht 02/04/2015)

Theory Of Infrastructure Development In Nepal, by P. Thapa (rn 02/04/2015)

ADB: Nepal’s capital expenditure too low (kp 25/03/2015)

4 key ministries show low capital spending: As of the first eight months of the fiscal year, they have been able to spend only Rs 20.51 billion out of their combined budget allocation of Rs 91.43 billion, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 20/03/2015)

Experts suggest govt to build SIA and Fast Track road with local resources (ht 16/03/2015), ‘Use local resources in national pride projects’ (kp 17/03/2015)

Proper policies should be framed to bring about positive changes, interview with Shesh Ghale (ht 16/03/2015)

Inadequate prep blamed for poor capital spending (kp 11/03/2015), ‘Reforms must to expedite capital expenditure’: Experts stress enhancing project selection criteria as well as capacity of implementing agencies (ht 11/03/2015)

Cabinet nod to land acquisition policy, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/02/2015)

Nepal’s dream of LDC graduation: Challenges and Issues, by Guna Raj Bhatta (ht 27/02/2015)

Spending on first priority projects decreases in H1 (kp 24/02/2015), Financial progress of NPPs dismal in first half of fiscal: Only 15.63pc of allocated budget spent in review period (ht 24/02/2015)

Ministers concerned about low spending (kp 12/02/2015), PM instructs ministries to spend money: Asks them to utilise allocated budget without fear of facing corruption charges from CIAA (ht 12/02/2015)

Restructuring of NPC: NPC to have fewer core members, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/02/2015)

Development failure: Development sector in Nepal is myopic, saddled with short-term projects; Long-term projects are deemed unworthy as immediate results are not visible, by Mukesh Khanal (rep 11/02/2015)

National pride projects: High-level mechanism to rescue stressed projects (kp 10/02/2015)

Draft PPP Policy provisions three funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/02/2015)

Work performance of national pride projects dismal (rep 06/02/2016)

The next frontier: People need to be at the centre of development plans for them to be a success, by Santosh Gautam and Purna Bahadur Thapa (kp 04/02/2015)

National pride projects: Almost every project reporting problems, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/02/2015)

Low Spending: Development In Dilemma, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 31/01/2015)

Financing development projects: Lessons from past mistakes, by Gandhi Pandit (ht 28/01/2015)

Millennium development goals: Still far off target (kp 27/01/2015), Reduced children, maternal mortality (kp 27/01/2015), Except for closing Gender disparity in schools, progress in education slow (kp 27/01/2015)

Nepal Investment Summit 2015: Energy, infra sectors to feature in summit (kp 25/01/2015), Nepal Investment Summit 2015
in Malaysia on Tuesday
(ht 25/01/2015), Nepal makes pitch for energy, connectivity, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp 28/01/2015), Nepal Investment Summit 2015 held (ht 28/01/2015)

Infra projects’ fate hangs in balance, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp 21/01/2015)

A poor start all over again: Govt spending pattern in the first half of last 4 fiscal years  slow and unproductive, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/01/2015), Low spending: Govt sitting on Rs 95b: As of January 18, capital expenditure came to Rs 15 billion out of the budget of Rs 117 billion allocated for this fiscal year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/01/2015)

Goals of sustainable development: Means need to be concretized, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht 14/01/2015)

Policymakers nervous about Nepal’s possible graduation, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 07/01/2015)

High-end Nepal: The focus must be on maximising value and distributing largesse on everything Nepal does, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 02/01/2015)

Time to grow up: We have already lost decades in stalled development, we don’t need messy politics to compound the problem, by Anurag Acharya (nt 02/01/2015)

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Nepal in Data, an open data and statistics portal

NepStat, database portal by Institute for integrated Development Srudies (IIDS)

Human Development Report 2023/2024, by UNDP,
Specific Country Data Nepal

Nepal Human Development Report 2020, UNDP and NPC, 13/12/2020

Global MPI 2020 – Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs, by UNDP, July 2020

The Fifteenth Plan, by Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission, March 2020

Nepal Development Update, by World Bank, 12 December 2019

Human Development Report 2019: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21stCentury. Briefing note for countries on the 2019 Human Development Report: Nepal. New York: UNDP 2019

Fighting inequality in Nepal: The road to prosperity. OXFAM report, 11 January 2019

Human Development Indicators - Nepal. In: Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical update. UNDP, 20 September 2018

World Bank. 2018. Nepal - Systematic country diagnostic. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group

World Bank. 2018. Nepal - Systematic country diagnostic (Vol. 2) : Supplemental annex. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group

Human Development Indicators - Nepal. In: Human Development Report 2016. UNDP, 21 March 2017

Nepal Investment Summit, next summit planned for 2-3 March 2017

Sailesh Tiwari. Moving up the ladder : poverty reduction and social mobility in Nepal (Vol. 2): Full report. World Bank, 1 October 2016 [see also Executive summary, 30 June 2016]

Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM)

National Planning Commission (NPC)

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Department of Survey (DoS)

UNDP / Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission. Nepal Human Development Report 2014: Beyond geography; unlocking human potential. Kathmandu: 2014

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report 2013, by UNDP (10/09/2013)

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Developoment (ICIMOD)

Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI)

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