Yes, Ask Those Tough Questions about Foreign Assistance!

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Over the next five years, the U.S. is positioned to invest over $1.2 billion (120 billion rupees) in Nepal’s success.  This foreign assistance is designed in collaboration with the Nepali government and supports Nepali priorities and strategies.  It delivers results for the people, and comes solely in the form of grants, ...
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Be Bold, Nepal!

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Although Nepal has struggled to emerge from poverty for decades, I believe it already possesses the fundamental economic ingredients needed to fuel broad-based economic growth and job creation.  Last year’s elections created a clear mandate and public expectation that the government will develop a modern economic framework, one that must promote ...
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Time is now #PressforProgress

ELISABETH VON CAPELLER, VERONICA CODY, VALERIE JULLIAND, MASHFEE SHAMS AND ALAINA B TEPLITZ March 08, 2018 There is a swell of change around the world that is shaking up gender roles and amplifying women’s voices into the mainstream, from small moments to large movements. Millions of people marched for women in the United States, while ...
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Citizens have the power to fight

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Corruption has been the subject of increased public dialogue over the last few months. This is heartening because, in a democracy, citizens must address issues of public concern. The people must partner with government leaders to end corruption. Just as leaders have a duty to establish and enforce the rules, citizens ...
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Making water work

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Quiet, clean, and efficient electric vehicles are all you see on Nepal’s roads. The air is clear, with no harmful particulate or thick smog blotting out the mountain panoramas. Large irrigation works give farmers a predictable water supply and boost productivity, and watershed management systems improve soil quality while mitigating the ...
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Transition to federalism: Healthier Nepal

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Although the past decade has witnessed a dramatic improvement in the health of Nepalis, including declines in infant and maternal mortality, reductions in chronic malnutrition, and an overall jump in life expectancy, significant health care service gaps persist. In the most recent Demographic Health Survey — the gold standard for assessing ...
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Cleaning up government

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Ask yourself: Can I receive government services without paying a bribe? Do I need to have a close connection to a political party or “big man” to get a timely approval for a standard business practice? Can I even get a job or send my child to school without paying into ...
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Building the economy of the future

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz When I observe Nepal’s economy, I see a series of puzzling contradictions.  I see a country with immense energy resources that is forced to import electricity from its neighbour. I see a demographically youthful nation that—because so many of its young citizens feel compelled to seek employment opportunities overseas—struggles to find ...
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Countering Trafficking In Persons, Together

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz “The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.”  As the United States considered legislation to mend a country recovering from our own civil war, Congressman John Farnsworth – a former Union General all too familiar with man’s potential for inhumanity to man – said these words on the floor ...
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The right way

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz There is no easy or quick way to get into a US university and so there’s no such thing as a “guaranteed, easy” student visa  As we celebrate 70 years of bilateral relations between the United States and Nepal, this month we are focusing on education. We are proud that nearly 10,000 ...
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Play by the rules

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz May 16, 2017-The Nepali people and the world are watching the developments in Nepal as the country stands on the verge of its federal transition. We watch to see if Nepal will travel the road shared with other responsible democracies by respecting the rule of law, honouring the independence of co-equal ...
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People-to-people ties

This week marks the 70th anniversary of US-Nepal diplomatic relations. For decades, our two countries have worked together toward one common goal: to encourage a more democratic, prosperous and stable Nepal. As we look on these 70 years, we see that this partnership has been fruitful not only in what our governments have been able ...
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When women win

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz March is when the global community recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of women and girls around the world. Together, on March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day and advocated for greater empowerment of women and girls. As we commemorate 70 years of progress and partnership between the United States and Nepal, ...
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Inclusive civic participation: Where democracies thrive

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz This year, 2017, is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Nepal. We are using this year of commemoration to reflect on the values and issues common to both our nations. It has been nearly eighteen months since the historic adoption of Nepal’s constitution. ...
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Setting the standard

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz The term “disaster risk reduction” was in part coined right here in Nepal during the early 1990s, based on several pilot projects This month, Nepal observed the 19th annual Earthquake Safety Day, which occurs around the anniversary of the1934 earthquake and serves as a yearly reminder of the importance of building a ...
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Trading up

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz After years of conflict and political transition, Nepal now has a golden opportunity to reap the impact that a more inclusive and equitable environment offers. Now is the time for Nepal’s leaders to focus on economic growth, not just “hard politics.” It is also clear that now, 25 years after the ...
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Elections first step: Democracy in action

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz The number of democracies around the world nearly doubled in the last 25 years. In a democratic nation, general elections provide an opportunity for all voters to be heard equally and for governing officials to be held accountable for successes and failures. This type of equality is what was envisioned in ...
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Preserving Nepal’s heritage

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Nepal’s rich cultural heritage is woven into the fabric of everyday life. From the temples and palaces in Patan Durbar Square to the small alcoves holding devotional statues nested on busy streets all over Kathmandu, Nepal’s unique architectural and cultural heritage is recognised worldwide. This remarkable heritage is not only part ...
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The Discomforts of Democracy

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Participating in a fully democratic society can sometimes be uncomfortable.  The democratic space is filled with competing ideas:  some of which are echoes of your own opinions and many of which are disagreeable or even “wrong” or “dangerous.”  Citizens of democracies will find some of their strongly-held beliefs directly challenged on ...
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Time for action

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Across Asia, wealth has dramatically increased in the 21st century. China has seen tens of millions of people move into the middle class while India has become the fastest growing major economy in the world. And it is not just these two large countries; many of Asia’s smaller countries are posting ...
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Women’s day, every day

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz A few weeks ago, International Women’s Day celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In the US, we observe the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month” and honour women who sacrifice to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.  In ...
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Dr. King’s legacy: Power of nonviolence

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Today the United States celebrates the lifework and incredible legacy of one of our most influential citizens, civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Day as a National Day of Service, encouraging Americans to spend the day helping their communities. As a ...
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Our Constitution

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz As Nepal continues on its democratic path I urge all Nepalis to commit to the challenge of making your own federal constitution “more perfect” Today, Americans around the world will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of religion, ethnicity or creed, and this year I am ...
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