BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE

BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE

Morang, Nepal

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ABOUT

The mission of Bikalpa, an Alternative is to defend the fundamental rights of citizens and to spread the ideas of freedom and prosperity through research, education, and public engagement to create a free and open society that is based on democratic principles.

Major programs for this organization include: Last Thursday's Friday Discussion; Civic Leadership Workshop; Why is Nepal Poor?

IN THE NEWS

BIKALPA LAUNCHES ONLINE NEWS PORTAL FOR NEPAL

In keeping with the international trend, populism has taken root in some of the major political parties of Nepal. Politicization of the press and media has also presented a significant challenge to providing news without a political bent. Atlas Network partner Bikalpa – An Alternative has launched a neutral news outlet with the...

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: BASANTA ADHIKARI

An alumnus of Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship in 2017, Basanta Adhikari, is founding chairperson of Bikalpa – An Alternative, a partner organization based in Biratnagar, Nepal. Atlas Network’s associate director of training, Tarun Vats, recently caught up with Basanta at Asia Liberty Forum 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia to discuss...

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2017 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY FINALISTS NAMED FROM NEPAL, IDAHO, ARGENTINA

The Lights, Camera, Liberty! program is a grant and training opportunity that Atlas Network offers to U.S. and international partners, helping organizations transform the way they market messages through online video. This year’s winner will be announced at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, November 7-8, 2017. The three finalists...

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MORE THAN 570 NEPALESE STUDENTS EMBRACE OPEN-MARKET PRINCIPLES

There is good reason for optimism in Nepal these days. It has been more than a decade since the civil war between the Nepalese government and the Maoist Communist Party, and nearly two years since the catastrophic earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands. The country is still healing, but relative stability has given rise...

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EXORBITANT MOTORBIKE TAXATION IN NEPAL HINDERS LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

It used to be that to own a motorbike in Nepal was a luxury — something extravagant, like owning a BMW or a Porsche. As Nepal has become more and more industrialized, though, motorbikes have become not only common but a necessity for many Nepalese citizens in their daily lives. Still, the government continues to tax motorbikes a...

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SHORT VIDEO ILLUSTRATES REGULATORY HARDSHIP FOR NEPAL’S RICKSHAW DRIVERS

Impoverished communities are home to many natural entrepreneurs, and electric rickshaws have proven to be an innovative new method for economically deprived residents of Nepal to meet the low-cost transportation needs of others. Artificial government-erected occupational barriers restrict the number of rickshaws that can operate...

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