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An appeal for the immediate cancellation of South Asian countries’ debts

Dear friends, Several organisations have come together to demand the immediate cancellation of South Asian countries’ debts. The recent pandemic has further exacerbated the dismal state of the people and the state capacity to deal with the multiple crises that we were facing from more than three decades ago. This appeal demands the permanent cancellation […]

South Asia dogged with poor health facilities, erosion of democratic rights: Report

South Asia dogged with poor health facilities, erosion of democratic rights: Report Sunday, December 06, 2020 By Our Representative A recent report by multinational advocacy groups, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Bangkok, and South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), Kathmandu, “Human Rights in South Asia in Times of Pandemic”, has expressed […]

The situation of tea plantation workers in Nepal

The situation of tea plantation workers in Nepal This summary presents the issues of tea plantation workers in the eastern part of Nepal from the report prepared by the SAAPE minimum wage campaign group. The methodology used to prepare the report is field visits, policy reviews and media archiving. There are eighteen thousand farmers and […]

The crisis of poverty and migration in the SAARC region

The crisis of poverty and migration in the SAARC region A review of ‘Migration in South Asia: Poverty and Vulnerability’ report published in one of the national magazines in India, Frontline, by T.K. RAJALAKSHMI. A recent report published by the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication discusses the extent of involuntary working-class migration in the […]

Cancel the debt

April 2020, Mustafa Talpur* Last week, the G20 group of rich countries decided to postpone the debt payment that is due to be paid to G20 governments up to the end of 2020 for developing countries. This will help Pakistan free up some resources to tackle the pandemic. However, this is still not a matching […]

Inequality in South Asia

-By SAAPE Secretariat Inequality on a historical march is even more rising on a world scale and South Asia is no exception. South Asia has been appropriating a significantly large share of global income. During the last decade, the share of income poor in South Asia has increased, despite the share of multidimensional poverty showing […]

Nepal needs Total Debt Cancellation to face the COVID-19 Crisis

23 April by Praman Adhikari* The devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic is a serious threat which has brought our civilisation and economies at the brink of collapse. The current crisis in every sector of our lives has revealed how weak our system is when it comes to fighting back and containing the spread of the virus. […]

Reflections on Indian Muslim Women’s Struggle against Triple Talaq

Zakia Soman, Founder member, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan & Core Committee Member of SAAPE Women continue to remain second class beings everywhere and particularly in South Asia although there is a greater degree of awareness about womens’ rights and need for empowerment today. We celebrate Women’s Day annually but the condition of women in most […]