Project Title: Social Cohesion and Democratic Participation (SCDP)
Funding Agency: UNDP
Project Period: April 15, 2018, to November 15, 2018
Project Target Area:
- Gaur Municipality
- Paroha Municipality
Rautahat is situated in the mid-southern part of the Terai region a part of Province No. 2, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal. Rautahat district has 16 Municipalities and 2 Rural Municipalities. It has a population of 686,722 (CBS 2011). Among other districts, Rautahat has the largest percent (20%) of Muslims in Nepal. 33.4% of people are living in poverty. 58.3% of people are illiterate among them 68% are women and 49% are men. The district lies in a vulnerable situation. There is a high rate of domestic violence, cast based and gender discrimination towards Dalits and women (Muslim and Madhesi). Based on the report of UNDAF, the district lies within top 10 of the most sensitive district.
The selected municipalities for the program are Gaur and Paroha Municipalities. The total population of clusters are 8,646 with 4,241 females and have a mixed community comprising of Muslim, Hindu, and others. The district has past records of higher tension between Muslim and Hindu which need immediate attention for social cohesion. Additionally, the current socio-political situation has polarised the community and have made them more reactive. In the previous years, many communal conflicts have been seen in Mathiya, Narkatiya, Bairiya, Gamhariya Birta. The major reasons behind the incident were communal feeling and social discrimination. The past communal conflicts, especially between Dalit and Non-Dalit had big wave and impact in the district creating a disturbing environment for peaceful coexistence among communities. During the last past years, it has been seen that the people are more reactive on religious and social celebrations. Dalit community is severely suffering from economic crisis and lack of social respect. The situation has a worse impact on children and women.
The major objective of a programme:
- To promote social cohesion between Hindu and Muslim as well as other ethnic groups (Dalit and Non-Dalit).
- To create an opportunity for youth to gain the capacity for better future and contribute to local development activities.
Specific objectives of a programme:
- To increase tolerance among the people, from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.
- To engage people from diverse communities and make them able to participate in social activities.
- To train and engage youth in the promotion of social cohesion and democratic participation along with facilitating public service delivery.
- Formation of municipal level project advisory committee (MPAC).
- Establishment and operation of Community Information and Service Facilitation Centre through youth mobilization.
- Establishment of Youth Volunteers Centre (YVC) for the promotion of volunteerism.
- Formation and engagement with Inter-faith council Inter-religion motivational conference.
- Inter-religion motivational conference.
Youth Groups, Local Leaders, Marginalized Community, Religious Groups, Ethnic Groups, Local Bodies, Religion Guru, Maulana and other key stakeholders.
Expected total beneficiaries of the project are 3000 people (approximately).
- The project intervention will create a common platform to bring all ethnic and religious groups together for collaboration and to understand each other’s co-existence, feelings, and needs.
- Dalit, women, youth and other oppressed people will get a chance to participate in the local development activities.
- They will also involve in the promotion of social harmony and inter-religious activities to disseminate the message of friendship and neighborhood.
- The collaboration between ethnic and religious groups together will support to develop mutual understanding and carry out collective activities.
- Participation in the local development activities will empower Dalit, women, youth and oppressed people by which they will raise their voice against all kinds of discriminations which will help to promote social inclusion and practice equal rights in their community.