This study conducts an Assessment of Labour Administration in Nepal, which will provide recommendations to strengthen the labour administration system and equip it to enable efficient and effective service delivery (organization, management, procedural system, staff training, action taken, etc.) in line with the provisions of ILO Convention No. 150, Labour Administration, 1978, and as envisioned in the Constitution of Nepal, 2015.
Migrant workers, including Nepali labour migrants, are among the most affected by the health and economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has further exacerbated the migrant worker’s access to justice which was already a significant challenge before the pandemic. This study looked at the impact of COVID-19 crisis on Nepali migrant workers in four major destinations - Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
Studies have highlighted the integral role of newspapers and other news media as the central and often the most trusted source of information about policies and social issues for the public. The media portrayal and framing of the news coverage on human trafficking including the portrayal of victims both reflects media governance and can have important implications on the perception of public as well as policy makers.
Studies highlight the paucity of interventions and lack of insights on perpetrators of “modern slavery” and human trafficking as more focus has been on the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking in recent times. This focus, as a result, has sidelined perpetrators, primarily small perpetrators like recruiters and transporters especially in case of forced labour and little attention has been paid to the reason and motivation of these perpetrators.
The primary objective of this study is to understand the situation of Nepali migrant workers’ access to justice amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that the study will help recommend the Government of Nepal (GoN) for the formulation and implementation of plans and strategies related to effective justice mechanisms.
On behalf of Nepal Planning Commission (NPC) and with the support of ILO, CESLAM is undertaking the task of developing a monitoring and reporting framework to help the NPC establish a standard set of tools and mechanisms on labour migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets and indicators that would help it report the progress on SDGs to UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The tools and mechanisms will also benefit other actors working in the area of labour and migration and the decent work agenda in Nepal.
CESLAM is conducting a mapping exercise involving Private Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) that are already engaged in or interested to be engaged in fair recruitment practices. The research project seeks to prepare comprehensive profiles of the selected PRAs that recruit workers to Jordan, Malaysia and Qatar. The study will examine selected PRA’s recruitment process, including hiring, pre-deployment and post-deployment procedures.
This research aims to experimentally test whether seasonal a migration subsidy programme has positive impacts in addressing seasonal food insecurity in rural Nepal. It will also explore how migration may transform rural, agricultural labour markets by studying the effects of seasonal migration on both rural labour supply and labour demand.
This study was part of a larger evaluation project of the Work in Freedom Programme (WiF), funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
CESLAM collaborated with Tufts University in the impact evaluation of the International Labour Organisation’s Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment of migrant workers. The impact assessment focused on the Nepal-Jordan corridor and worked with fair labour recruiters.
This study unpacked the dynamics of labour migration governance in Nepal’s changing governance landscape following the roll-out of federalism in order to inform the ILO’s DFID-funded Skills for Employment Programme (SEP).
The aim of ‘Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries as Countries of Destination’ (ECLM) was to arrive at a reliable and evidence-based understanding of the economic impact of immigration in 10 low and middle-income countries, including Nepal.
The aim of this project was to produce a peer-reviewed paper through further analysis of the household survey and qualitative gathered during CIFOR and Social Science Baha’s collaborative research on gender, migration and forest governance, which examined the nexus between transnational migratory flows, gender equity and the governance of forests through case studies from Nepal. It also had another objective of conducting an analysis of policies related to the land-use change to understand how they consider issues related to migration and whether they are conducive to leveraging migration and remittances for investment in land.