The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) is a Kathmandu-based policy think tank. It generates evidence-based debates on contemporary policy issues in Nepal and Asia for both the public and private sectors. The institution currently works on high policy priority areas through four research centers – the Center for New Economy and Inequality (CNEI), the Center for Strategic Affairs (CSA), the Center for Governance Studies (CGS), and the Center for Human Development (CHD).

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Controversial Map in Nepal’s Currency Note Irks India

Controversial Map in Nepal’s Currency Note Irks India

Nepal-India relations became tense after the Nepal government decided to update the ‘chuche’ map in the new 100-rupee note. The fallout is simply a symptom of the unresolved border dispute. Such episodic tension erodes trust, but unlike the territorial dispute, it is unlikely to hamper the larger Indo-Nepal relations in the long term.

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Accelerating Nepal’s Startups

Accelerating Nepal’s Startups

Startups are pivotal in driving economic development by generating employment opportunities and catalyzing innovation. As Nepal strives for progress, it’s increasingly evident that a robust policy framework for startups must be anchored with the Knowledge Economy (KE) principles. By grounding the startup policy framework in the KE principles, Nepal can cultivate a conducive environment for startup growth and innovation.

South Asia Bulletin – Vol 2, Issue 9 | May 2024

South Asia Bulletin – Vol 2, Issue 9 | May 2024

South Asia saw significant political and geopolitical events in April. India held two of the seven phases of the election the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to win. Mohamed Muizzu’s party won a supermajority in the parliamentary elections, where his party ran on an ‘India Out’ platform. Pakistan reached out to its neighbor Iran and Saudi Arabia. Xi toured Europe, where he highlighted Beijing’s commitment to strengthening ties.

Nepal’s Climate Finance Landscape – Brief Overview

Nepal’s Climate Finance Landscape – Brief Overview

Climate finance remains one of the cornerstones in Nepal’s battle against climate change. Given the country’s highly vulnerable landscape and geography, it facilitates both mitigation and adaptation efforts. Despite signing international commitments and formulating a robust policy framework, Nepal still grapples with effectively accessing and utilizing climate funds.

South Asia Bulletin – Vol 2, Issue 8 | April 2024

South Asia Bulletin – Vol 2, Issue 8 | April 2024

India’s month-long election season kicked off in April. Pakistan formed a government under the leadership of Shehbaz Sharif, with Asif Ali Zardari elected president (a largely ceremonial role). Indian and Bhutanese prime ministers exchanged visits, and Maldives forced India to start replacing Indian military personnel stationed in the country with ‘civilian experts.’ China held its two sessions amidst concerns over the economy, while its ‘iron brother’ Pakistan reached a staff-level agreement with the IMF for the final tranche of the bailout agreement. Read this and more in this issue of South Asia Bulletin. In the long read section, read about the pollution and unemployment in the South Asian region.

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Nepal Competitiveness Index 2024

Nepal Competitiveness Index 2024

The second edition of Nepal Competitiveness Index evaluates Nepal’s seven provinces across 64 indicators in areas like macroeconomic stability, government framework, and quality of life. Bagmati province leads in competitiveness, while Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces face challenges. In addition, the NCI 2024 also assesses seven provinces’ digital competitiveness. The report aims to guide policymakers in fostering inclusive growth and prosperity in Nepal’s all seven provinces.

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RESEARCH CENTERS

NIPoRe has four research centers, each specializing in one specific policy area. All centers have resident and non-resident staff working on high priority public policy issues from Nepal and Asia.

Center for New Economy and Inequality

Centor For Strategic Affairs

Center for Governance Studies

Center for Human Development