NEPAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH
Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) is an independent and non- partisan research institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It works to generate evidence-based debates among citizens and critical stakeholders of development in both the public and private sectors on contemporary policy issues from Nepal and Asia. The institution currently works on high policy priority areas through four research centers – Center for New Economy and Inequality (CNEI), Center for Strategic Affairs (CSA), Center for Governance Studies (CGS), and Center for Human Development (CHD). NIPoRe’s team members represent the diversity of academic disciplines, professional backgrounds, and geography. The institute adopts a multi-disciplinary approach in its analysis of policies and research, supported by researchers trained at universities and professional environments (from) across the globe.
Our researches focus on four thematic areas. We have derived these areas based on Nepal’s current policy priorities and the expertise of NIPoRe team members.
The Center for New Economy and Inequality (CNEI) works on policy issues related to economics and finance. The major subjects covered by the center include poverty and inequality, development finance, trade and investment, public finance, gig economy, migrant workers and remittance, competitiveness, and informal economy.
The Center for Strategic Affairs (CSA) covers key issues related to countries’ foreign affairs and national security in the twenty-first century. The centre primarily works on policy issues related to traditional (related to military and defense) and non-traditional security (terrorism, human security, climate change and food security among others) mechanisms.
The Center for Governance Studies (CGS) specializes in key governance issues that Nepal and other South Asian economies face in the modern world. The issues that the center works on include technology and governance, elections and voting, and federalism.
The Center for Human Development (CHD) undertakes research on key aspects of healthy human development. Key issues that the center specializes in include education, healthcare, nutrition, food security, human rights and leisure.
REPORTS & PAPERS
Digitization of Nepali Economy
amid Covid-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2022
With the increasing adoption of smartphones and internet penetration during the last two decades, the digitization of key economic sectors has become a prime choice of policymakers for more efficient economic outcomes. In Nepal, GoN along with a few key private-sector stakeholders have taken major steps to digitize the Nepali economy…more
Assessment Of Provincial Governments’ Response to COVID-19
September 03, 2020
The Assessment of Provincial Government’s Response to COVID-19 was undertaken by Foundation and Development Management (FDM) and Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) primarily to understand and critically look into how the seven provinces of Nepal have handled the COVID-19 pandemic. The study analyzed provincial governments’ emergency response policies, resources, mechanism and the effectiveness of the…more
Research and Program Officer
The importance of continued education during the pandemic
April 29, 2021
Educational institutions have remained closed in city areas until May 14 as of now during this pandemic period, but with the rise in covid cases, it doesn’t seem they will open anytime soon. Last year too schools and colleges had been closed from March 18 until...more
RUBIN Singh Maharjan
Addressing Climate Change from sustainable Urban Mobility
August 10, 2021
Climate change was a normal phenomenon until the industrial revolution with a huge number of harmful gases released into the air. Since 1850 we can see the climate not behaving normally as it used to. Many scientists did not know what was driving this global temperature change and after four decades of research work in the land, sea and...more
Unequal vaccine Distribution
In a globalized world, the Covid-19 pandemic tested human immunity and the relevance of global international health regulations to fight it at the individual and global levels, respectively.
Nepal’s Caste Struggle
On 15 June, 24-year-old Rupa Sunar, a Dalit media person went to the house of Saraswti Pradhan in Kathmandu’s Babar Mahal with two friends. They discussed and agreed on the terms and conditions of a rental agreement.
CPC’s Centenary: Analyzing Reasons behind its Longevity
The CPC derives its legitimacy from its history and its central role in improving the living standard of a billion people. Now, growth will not be the same as it once was when China was just starting.
Nepal Competitiveness Index
Nepal Risk Outlook
नीतिका कुरा: Policy Talks
The Nepal Competitiveness Index (NCI) is one of the flagship initiatives of NIPoRe. Conceptualized in early 2019, it has been developed in collaboration with the researchers at the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore. It aims to help the key policy stakeholders in Nepal and outside to better understand the competitiveness of Nepal’s sub-national governments and thus formulate more realistic plans and policies for sub-national economic development.
The Nepal Risk Outlook (NRO) is one of the flagship initiatives of NIPoRe. Conceptualized in early 2019, the initiative has been implemented in collaboration with the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS). It aims to advise the policy stakeholders across South Asian economics on key policy risks that the regional economies face.
The Diplomats’ Forum is one of the flagship initiatives of NIPoRe. Conceptualized in early 2019, it has been implemented in partnership with the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal. Through events and research publications, the forum aims to create a learning-exchange platform among seasoned diplomats and the next generation of foreign/ current affairs students and researchers.
Nitika Kura aims to record valuable policy insights from Nepal’s senior policy experts, policy makers, diplomats and entrepreneurs across key sectors in the form of short videos. With this, NIPoRe aims to help the general public and researchers based in Nepal and outside to understand some crucial historical events and policies that could be useful in modern Nepal as well.
Based on expertise of the current NIPoRe team members, the institution undertakes research in eight distinct research clusters.