New MRR research from Nepal finds that pandemic-related shocks for rural households coincided with the government-imposed national lockdown and that women who took part in a livelihood-building program before the pandemic were more resilient by being in a stronger financial position.
This report summarizes the impacts of a 2014-2018 RCT in Nepal in partnership with Heifer International to test the impacts of a livestock transfer and training program seeking to help the rural poor, particularly women,
achieve a stable, independent and growing income.
A resilience-based approach to social protection that includes insurance is the only sustainable way to manage poverty in the long-term. However, even this approach will fail if worst-case climate change scenarios come to pass.
A new study from rural Nepal shows that when people have higher aspirations, up to a point, they tend to make greater investments toward a better future. However, when aspirations are too high compared to one's current status, those investments are most likely to fall.
In the wake of the earthquake, Heifer Nepal deployed a 3-fold response: immediate relief, livestock-related relief, and implementation of a revolving fund that established interest free loans to affected Heifer beneficiaries.