The fifth triennial report of the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), “South Asia and the Future of Pro-People Development: the Centrality of Social Justice and Equality”, was launched during the South Asian Women's Convergence (SAWC) 2017 organised by All Nepal Women's Association (ANWA), Women Welfare Society (WWS) and SAAPE on 06-07 August, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Former Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Sharma Oli along with Ms Goma Devkota, Chairman of ANWA; Dr Joanna Mahjebeen, Assistant Professor, Gauhati University, Assam, India; Ms Rokeya Kabir, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha; Ms Aminath Shazly, Maldives National University, Maldives; Ms Sushila Nepal, Hon. Member of Parliament, Nepal; Ms Shahnaz Iqbal, Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan; Ms Mathini Nelson, Women Activist, Sri Lanka; Abir Neogi, Women’s Rights Activist, Dus Thoke Dus Hazaar (DTDH) India; Mr Gauri Pradhan, International Coordinator, LDC Watch and Dr Netra Prasad Timsina, Regional Coordinator, SAAPE launched the poverty report 2016. Dr. Netra Timsina introduced the report and elaborated on the inception of SAAPE and how it has been fighting against the unfair capitalist developments for over 16 years and how SAAPE has been working on establishing a justice state through policy based discussions in South Asia. The nature of economic growth and widening inequality are considered to be the leading questions in the poverty report 2016. South Asia has been associated with sociological and political imbalances. Increase in military budgets along with its effects in the region was also mentioned.
The launching ceremony was attended by members of civil society organisations, leaders of different social and political movements, trade unionists, women activists, student leaders and journalists.