Situational Analysis of Dalits in Nepal

Historically, Nepali society holds deep roots in the Hindu caste system, with hierarchy of different groups of people within the system. Dalits or untouchables are one of the groups of people within this Hindu caste system whose social, economic, health status and political conditions are lowest compared to other groups in Nepal. The overall goal of the report is to formulate a national strategy to support the Dalit upliftment and empowerment in the forthcoming Tenth National Plan. Three sequential reports are prepared for the purpose. The first report is the “Situational Analysis of Dalits”. This report describes the existing social, economic, educational status and political conditions of Dalits in Nepal based on available secondary data. This part also reviews the effectiveness and weaknesses of policies and programmes and activities conducted so far by the governmental and non-governmental organisations in the name of Dalits. The second report deals with problems, policies, and strategies of the Dalit empowerment within the framework of social discrimination and exclusion. The goal here is to develop the long- term strategy for Dalit upliftment and empowerment. The third report is the plan of action for five years for Dalit upliftment and empowerment.

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