Kara Apland has been contracted to complete an individual consultancy providing documentation, knowledge management and policy writing support for UNICEF Nepal’s Child Protection and Social Policy, Evidence and Evaluation Sections. The consultancy is aimed at supporting UNICEF Nepal to utilise its strong evidence base on the social and economic impacts of Covid-19 as well as on programmatic work in child protection and social protection. Kara will produce a series of knowledge products, including editorial pieces, advocacy messages, policy papers and concept notes, which will be used by UNICEF to support its advocacy and programmatic agendas.

In 2018, Coram International completed a three-year study on the influence of the law on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Nepal. This study is part of a larger multi-country project for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNFPA in South and South East Asia, with previous and on-going studies conducted in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines. The Nepal study explores legal and policy barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, using qualitative and quantitative methods, and provides recommendations for legal and policy reform. The study followed a previous multi-country pilot study for IPPF carried out in five case study countries: El Salvador, Senegal, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Nepal report is available here

In 2007, Coram International provided technical assistance to the Government in Nepal to review the Child Act (which was at that time in draft form). Coram International assessed the extent to which the Act is compatible with international standards and the country’s international legal obligations, including under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and identified any gaps or areas of concern. The team also provided recommendations for revising the draft to bring it into compliance with international standards.