EAI is proud to have worked in Nepal for 20 years.
During that time, we’ve seen the country reel in tragedy, violence, and instability. We’ve also seen it thrive and grow, moving forward with hope and resilience to form a federal democratic republic. Through it all, we continue to work hard with our Nepali staff to build a more stable and peaceful country.
Producing multiple award-winning radio series that are grounded in our social and behavior change communication approach, we have made measurable, positive impacts on the lives of men, women, and families. EAI’s first project in 2000 was launched in Nepal. Since then, we have produced multiple award-winning radio series, both in Nepali and other local languages of Nepal.
Our programming in Nepal is grounded in our social and behavior change communication approach that empowers listeners and instigates action through high-touch community engagement and capacity building initiatives. We have been particularly successful with normative change work using our signature methodology to address inequality issues rooted in gendered and patriarchal norms.
Our years of work in Nepal has enabled us to refine our community-centered approach to social impact, thoroughly integrating communities into our programming as reporters, researchers, and facilitators. EAI in Nepal is led by an experienced group of dedicated local staff who are passionate about implementing high-impact, multi-year programs on a range of thematic areas including civic engagement, gender equality, youth empowerment, IPV and sexual exploitation of minors.
As part of our dedication to robust research practices, we have worked in partnership with academic institutions, including the Queensland University of Technology and Emory University. Most recently with the Rollins School of Public Health, based in Emory, we have been running a cluster randomized controlled trial of one of our social norms interventions designed to prevent violence against women and girls. Further research, funded by the World Bank innovation grant, will test the impact of our work on norms diffusion.
To view some of our online campaigns, please visit our YouTube channel!
Nepal: Sahi Ho! Advocacy campaign for women’s empowerment and gender equality
EAI launched Change Starts at Home to expand our work with Nepali women and girls. This unique project has been designed to test our social behavior change and norms methodologies with rigorous academic research and independent impact assessment.
Nepal, UK Department for International Development (DFID); Emory University; South African Medical Research Council (MRC)
The B.I.G Change: Change Starts at Home
A healthy democracy is founded on the pillars of social equity and justice. EAI responds to this need by fostering civic engagement at the sub-national level through media, communication, ICT4D, and direct community outreach. 2016-present
Civil Society: Mutual Accountability Project (CS:MAP)
EAI’s award-winning “Chatting With My Best Friend” radio program provides information and support to Nepalese youth on pressing issuees. Orlando Bloom played a guest role on the award-winning program. The show was featured CNN.
Addressing taboo issues using radio – “Chatting with My Best Friend”
EAI improved the ability of communities to engage with local government and to advocate for their needs as an implementing partner to Pact on the USAID funded Sajhedari Bikaas project in Nepal.
Sajhedari Bikkas: partnership for development
In Nepal, EAI helps a woman become an activist against gender-based violence
Now things have changed for the better. Geeta confirms that she is now a reporter who focuses on domestic violence.
Research & Resources
Mixed Methods Assessment of Women’s Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal
Social Norms Change Beyond Direct Beneficiaries: Research and Programmatic Lessons from the Change Starts at Home Trial
Role of Mass Media in Social Norm Change: Lessons Learnt from the Change Starts at Home Intervention
Where is Manarupa’s famous hotel?
About the Author: Binu Subedi works at EAI in Nepal. She is a producer and scriptwriter for the Samajhdari radio program, and also the voice of Manarupa in the drama.
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