Human Rights and Governance
It is fact that almost 50 percent of the total population of Nepal lives in Madhesh/Terai districts; and about 34% of them are Madheshis. Although the population size is big, the Madheshi people have been facing the dual problem of identity-based discrimination and systematic under-representation in state mechanisms. Despite being rich in resources, the Tarai remains dismally poor. Moreover, their presence in political, economic, social and development sectors are also negligible.
In order to find out pertinent issues and the current challenges of Madhesh, the NEMAF with support from DanidaHUGOU selected 4 clusters of terai districts and held focused discussions with Madheshi led NGOs, Madheshi civil society, youths, dalits and strategic partners of DanidaHUGOU. The discussions were mainly focused on current socio-political as well as conflict situation of the selected districts.
The programme was carried out in Morang, Dhanusha, Parsa and Rupandehi districts selected in close coordination with DanidaHUGOU. Identifying key local issues and sharing them to strategic partners of DanidaHUGOU, finding possible area of support including criteria of new partner selection and seeking way out of assisting for capacity development of local organizations were the major activities of the project. For this, NEMAF held 18 focus group discussions with Madheshi NGO group, local representatives the strategic partner of Danida, Madheshi youths and Madheshi civil society.
The participants mainly raised issues on socio-political, economic and existing conflict situation. As a reflection of their concern, NEMAF had identified the issues to be intervened. Building social harmony between Madheshi and Hill community, creating and strengthening vibrant civil society to hold the stakeholders accountable, improving governance in local bodies and districts level government offices, building capacity of Madheshi Dalits, women Muslims, improving quality of education, youths empowerment and improving security situations were its major findings.