Social Science Baha public event: What does migration mean on the home front? Implications for land and social change in Nepal

16 Dec 2017, Hotel Himalaya, Kathmandu


The growing migration and mobility of young, able bodied men and women are having profound effects on land and social relations in Nepal. And yet, much of the policy and public discussion is concerned with the contribution of migration to economic growth, on the one hand, and/or on safeguarding the rights of migrant workers in Nepal and destination countries, on the other. This public event will feature a wide range of ongoing research being carried out by national and international research centers on migration, land and social change in an effort to broaden the debate on governing migration for inclusive development in the country.  

The day:

The event will feature short talks based on research on migration and land use change by the following speakers:

  • Jeevan Baniya (CESLAM/Social Science Baha),
  • Vishwas Sudhir Chitale (ICIMOD),
  • Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Samata Manandhar (CIFOR/CGIAR FTA and Forest Action),
  • Fraser Sudgen (IWMI/WLE, University of Birmingham), and
  • Ramesh Sunam (United Nations University).

The following discussants will discuss the presentations, help to foment discussion among panelists and members of the audience:

  • Kalpana Giri (Senior Program Officer, Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Thailand),
  • Bimala Rai Paudyal (Secretary to the President on Development Affairs, Office of President, Government of Nepal; Adjunct Professor, Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal; and Former member of Nepal’s National Planning Commission),
  • Tula Narayan Sah [Executive Director, Nepal Madesh Foundation (NEMAF)]
  • David Seddon (Research Associate, IWMI and Director of Critical Faculty)

Ms. Erisha Suwal will moderate the event. 

The event is being organized by:  Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CGIAR Programs on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) research programmes, Forest Action, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Migration, Agriculture and Resilience: Initiative for Sustainability (MARIS) Network and Social Science Baha. The event will be in both Nepali and English. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.