Research, studies, policy analysis, and publications are important for building knowledge and shaping necessary policy changes. At the same time, the value of such products needs to be felt and understood by the key stakeholders: policy makers, parliamentarians, political leaders, civil society, media, and other stakeholders. Therefore, the HIDR aims to engage in policy dialogue and advocacy for engaging the key stakeholders in taking ownership and play catalytic roles in policy reform, revision, and necessary changes.
Policy analysis and dialogue is one of the important components of our work. Especially, Council of Thinkers carries out the activities of policy analysis and dialogue. The HIDR as the secretariat of the Council of Thinkers facilitates the activities of policy analysis and dialogue.
Policy analysis and dialogue is significant not only for the democratization of Nepalese society but it is also equally important for building efficient policies in different areas. However, the HIDR mainly focuses on the issues of equal citizens, a robust market, social protection, and the rule of law.
Unequal citizens cannot build a democratic nation. Whether it is movements of ethnic communities for cultural rights, women’s movement for gender equality, the issues of protecting children from violence, trafficking, and other insecurities, the Tharus demands for autonomy, the Dalits movement for dignified space in society, or the Madhes agitation for rights, all are underpinned by the idea of equal citizens. In fact, nation building at its core is a process of creating conditions for equal citizens. Therefore, the HIDR is engaged in contributing to creating the conditions for equal citizens through policy analysis, dialogue, and policy change.
Democracy practiced in political jargon, additionally besieged by corrupt practices, aggressive political culture, and ideological domination often misinterprets the idea of equal citizens and staggers in accomplishing the process of nation building. A real social inclusion becomes the unforgiving need, when the political side of democracy is motivated for a robust system of social protection or security. Moreover, social protection system becomes almost impossible to practice under a paternalistic system in place, which often contests the market. Instead, social protection rather resolutely demands an efficient market system to share the risks associated with distributing equity effectively. Thus, a social protection system should ensure that each citizen is guaranteed the minimum security with a legitimate risk sharing mechanism in place.
Effective welfare policy measures (social protection) scale up the inclusiveness of a state. Perhaps, there is no better way to make a state inclusive than steadfastly adopting efficient social protection policy measures. Therefore, through policy analysis, dialogue, and policy change, the HIDR would like to contribute in the area of social protection.
Traditionally, laws, policies, and institutions related to market were not taken earnestly from the perspectives of rights based approach. However, it has been undeniably proven that laws, policies, and institutions related to market affect the enabling environment for growth, empowerment, and development more than any other components of policies. In this light, the HIDR focuses on analyzing market based laws, policies, and institutions for the empowerment of people and creating better conditions for the institutionalization of democracy.