Nepal’s unwavering commitment to SAARC

From its inception Nepal has been playing an active role in the SAARC process. Even back in the 1970s King Birendra was busy sketching out a framework for the regional body

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

SAARC: A free trade area that never was

Trade integration, it was thought, was the key to unlocking regional growth. But the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) under the aegis of SAARC has not been able to contribute much towards this goal

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

SAARC’s not-so-obvious issues

The regional body has been inactive since 2014 in part due to India-Pakistan hostilities. But there are many other reasons hindering the SAARC process

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

SAARC: The past, present and future

SAARC is dear to the likes of Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka because their leaders have over the years identified with its rationale

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

SAARC: The original sin or salve?

Each of the two sides in the Cold War wanted to increase its influence through regional organizations. The US in particular was keen on having a regional organization for South Asia

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Local level functioning: Glass half full

Experts on federal affairs say they are optimistic about future, as the first elected local governments have laid the groundwork for effective service delivery

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Duties decentralized, resources centralized

Five years since their election, local governments are still grappling with legal, budgetary and human resource constraints

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

ApEx Series | Budgetary woes of local governments

Funds are trickling down to local bodies. Yet many of them are still unable to carry out their fiscal duties. Some are struggling to present their budget on time while others cannot manage their expenses

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

ApEx Series | A case of clashing egos, unclear roles

There is a sizable section of chiefs who believe the post of deputies is largely ceremonial

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

‘ApEx for climate’ Series | Money to adapt to climate...

Current budgetary allocations are not sufficient to achieve net-zero by 2045, which the government aims to do by increasing the use of renewable energy

Kamal Dev Bhattarai & Pratik Ghimire

‘ApEx for climate’ Series | Putting Nepal’s gen-next...

Observers say young generations are not only at the receiving end of climate change but they can also play a vital role in addressing the issue

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

‘ApEx for climate’ Series | How does Nepal get help...

There is a need to build a wide international network through robust diplomacy, which in turn must focus on securing resources to gain access to the latest available technology, all in order to deal with climate-induced disasters

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

‘ApEx for climate’ Series | Nepal in the middle of...

Over the past few months, Nepal has experienced unprecedented disasters, prompting authorities to take the climate crisis more seriously and urgently than before. Many disasters that took place over the past few months could be linked to climate change

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

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