Nepal

Nepal has completed it its first TAI assessment. The assessment is undergoing international review and will be available through the TAI research pages soon.

In the meantime, the Nepali coalition is planning to build the awareness of key members of the new Constituent Assembly on access rights. The Assembly is mandated to draft a new Constitution for Nepal. It is vital for the future of Nepal’s young democracy to ensure that access rights are written into the new Constitution. Strong language entrenching rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice will ensure that Nepal’s citizens have access rights. Provisions need to be crafted that would allow citizens to enforce these rights and to hold their Government accountable.

The Nepali coalition recently received a small grant through the World Bank’s Development Grants Facility to engage key members of the Constituent Assembly on access rights. The Nepali coalition is now working with other NGOs including the World Conservation union’s Nepal country office to develop workshops for these members.