Global gathering on nutrition

November 4, 2019 01:00 am

A global event on nutrition—Sun Global Gathering—is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 4 to 7. SUN, or Scaling Up Nutrition, is a global movement launched in 2010 with an aim of ending all forms of malnutrition. SUN brings together governments, civil society, private sector, academia, activists, and others in a common platform and provide framework for working together to improve the nutritional outcomes worldwide.  SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG) is the flagship event of the SUN movement which aims to develop a common understanding on the issue of malnutrition and reinforce commitment from governments and other sectors to improve nutrition.   The Government of Nepal is co-hosting the event with SUN movement Secretariat. It is an important opportunity for Nepal to showcase and reflect on its progress and learn from the experiences of other SUN countries in bringing down malnutrition.

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Billions of rupees have been spent in the last six decades in the name of the poor and various training. However, nearly one-fifth of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line (those earning less than $1.90 per day, as per the World Bank).

How climate policies hurt the poor

September 29, 2019 00:25 am

NEW YORK – Over the past 25 years, nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty, while both malnutrition and the risk of death from air pollution have decreased. Taken together, these achievements are nothing short of a miracle. But two global trends now threaten to slow the momentum in reducing poverty.

Rebooting Nepali economy

August 27, 2019 01:05 am

Nepal is among the least developed nations with around one-fourth of its population living underneath the poverty line. It is heavily dependent on remittances, contributing to as much as 30 percent of GDP. Agriculture is another pillar of our economy, providing jobs to nearly 66 percent of population.

Agriculture and poverty

August 4, 2019 01:30 am

So long as we fail to retain agricultural workers the much-hyped agenda of poverty alleviation through massive agricultural production will remain a far cry

KABUL, July 24: Every day before dawn, 10-year-old Kamran goes to work with his father and other relatives at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Chair Kamal Thapa said people in the country were lately subscribing to the agendas RPP had been raising.

BERLIN, June 26: A United Nations expert on poverty says hundreds of millions of people around the world face hunger, displacement, disease and death because of climate change.

Making accountability real

June 23, 2019 01:05 am

The government unveiled the budget for this year with a focus on increasing growth and reducing poverty. These are laudable goals, but they cannot be achieved without a direct and transformative effort to open up government, fight corruption and build integrity within the political system.

UNITED NATIONS, June 6: A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer’s end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country.

World Bank must change course

April 15, 2019 01:05 am

BRUSSELS – Critics have called new World Bank president David Malpass an arsonist in charge of a fire department, because of past comments he made on Bank salaries and loans to China. But it’s far more important to focus on improving progress toward the World Bank’s core mission of ending extreme poverty.

GENEVA, April 7: Each year on April 7th, the World Health Organization, WHO, celebrates World Health Day. World Health Day is a chance to celebrate health and remind world leaders that everyone should be able to access the health care they need, when and where they need it.

UNITED NATIONS, March 7: An estimated 11 million people in North Korea — over 43 percent of the population — are undernourished and “chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread,” according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.

MUGU, Feb 27: The newly-adopted federalism gives priority to infrastructure development projects including road construction.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: On June 26, 2006, Surendra Khatri was dreaming of a better life five or 10 years down the line because he was just weeks away from a good job. After four days, he would leave for the Indian town of Benaras for a final appearance to get selected for the Indian army.

JAJARKOT, Dec 22: People from the poor families in Jajarkot have started protests demanding that the government scrap the poverty certificates issued to people who are not poor.

In line with its meteoric economic rise, China has made impressive progress in reducing poverty over the last three decades.

Public health for public

December 10, 2018 00:30 am

High drug prices push 100 million people into extreme poverty every year

Concrete anti-poverty policy lacking

November 5, 2018 18:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: A concrete policy to reduce poverty is still lacking in the country.

LONDON – From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels.

As the UN marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Wednesday, aid experts say donors must work closely with local governments, which in turn must do more to foster the economic growth that could lift millions out of poverty.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has launched a project supporting women's empowerment in Devchuli Municipality of Nawalpur district.

Bed-ridden since birth

September 23, 2018 07:28 am

GORKHA, Sept 23: Asmita Bhandari of Palungtar Municipality-2, Pauroti Bhandar is bed-ridden since birth. She can neither move her hands and legs nor can she speak. As she cannot move her body, she defecates on the bed. The miserable condition of their first child often makes the parents burst into tears but they can do nothing much.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Prime Minister KP Oli has claimed that poverty will be completely eliminated from Nepal within the next five years.

MYAGDI, Sept 6: Pooja Khatri, who had written to her school principal that extreme poverty was forcing her to drop school, is now 'a happy and regular student'.

NUWAKOT, July 5: The Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) has invested Rs 93.69 million in various programs in Nuwakot district.

NIGERIA, June 26: Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country's population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Poverty a common problem: CM Gurung

June 10, 2018 16:38 pm

POKHARA, June 10: Province 4 Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung has said poverty is a common problem of all provinces in the country.

TIKAPUR, May 15: Ramesh Badi of Lamkichuha Municipality – 3 was extremely worried about his son’s health. Doctors had declared that his son suffered from brain tumor and that his family might not able to afford his treatment. The landless family, which had been living a kind of nomadic life along with other Badi people in a jungle side, gave up hope. However, ‘god’ appeared to help him one day, he says.

KATHMANDU, April 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stated that the government has targeted to eradicate absolute poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and provide basic health services to the public.

XI'AN, CHINA, April 13: The first Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) People's Forum concluded in Xi'an of Shaanxi Province, issuing a six-point Xi'an Declaration that vows to promote cooperation among NGOs in the region to fight against endemic poverty in the region.

Poverty

March 15, 2018 08:50 am

There was a time in my early years, very early years, when I was frightened to death of poverty. That was when I was a little schoolboy who was frightened of anything and everything that was a little out of place.

ROLPA, Feb 11: The Human Rights Awareness Centre (HURAC), Rolpa has implemented the micro enterprise development programme in Rolpa district for poverty alleviation.

SAPTARI, Jan 13: Birachhya Malaha, 65, and his wife are already too old to earn for their livelihood. The locals of Mainakadare village of Saptari lost their house, which they had built with their lifetime savings, in the monsoon six months ago.

Walking through poverty

January 8, 2018 04:35 am

The living condition of people in Madhes is no different to how it was some 50 years back. The same straw and mud dwellings and dirt roads pervade the region

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: The multi-dimensional poverty index, which counts deprivation under indicators including sanitation, drinking water, education and health, has halved in 8 years, according to the latest Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report released by the National Planning Commission on Wednesday.

BAITADI, Dec 17:  Eleven years ago, Jasudevi Bista of Dashrathchand Municipality-10, Barakot lost her husband to HIV.

Infographics: Child poverty in Europe

December 6, 2017 00:05 am

Child poverty in Europe

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: A total of 391 thousand 831 people are under the poverty line in Nepal, shows a report unveiled by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation today.

Against poverty

October 17, 2017 01:00 am

Successive governments have been less and less accountable and more and more extractive, hampering poverty reduction.

Managing the impacts of climate change on poverty.

Fighting poverty

August 1, 2017 01:30 am

Challenge is to deliver ‘bikas’ at the doorsteps of extremely poor communities like Chepangs and help transform their lives by involving them at every level.

KATHMANDU, June 20: As a saying goes, “Will power and diligence will help one achieve his/her goal.” This holds true for the life of Sujit Darnal.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) on Tuesday said that the government has not brought any specific program for poverty alleviation in the budget for the Fiscal Year 2017/18.

Ending poverty

April 24, 2017 00:15 am

The cost of eradicating poverty appears to be somewhat less than $100 billion actual dollars

On ‘time poverty’

March 29, 2017 00:15 am

Women are venturing out to work but men have not reciprocated by increasing their time on family duties

Struggle against hunger and poverty in the world

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Nepal has 20 to 35 percent working poverty, according to an international report.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Due to poverty, Som Bahadur Kumal couldn’t even afford to buy a marble when he was a child. He used to run for three kilometers to buy marbles as per the request of his friends with the expectation of getting one for his endeavor.