The Catalyst

The Catalyst is a platform for young Nepali to enable them to contribute to Nepal’s development discourse by sharing on a monthly basis their views on Nepal’s current political, economic, and social affairs with a wide audience. Through this initiative we seek to develop young people’s potential as future thought leaders by providing guidance and mentoring to strengthen their critical thinking, analytical and writing skills. Blogs are based on a monthly theme announced on our website. Interested in blogging for The Catalyst? Find out more and follow us on Facebook.

It is Your Mind That Matters the MostJanuary 1, 1970 Bikas Udhyami (Lokmani Subedi)
The only thing I want to say to young people is that in the current world it is your mind that matters the most. If you cannot be a Mahout, your life elephant goes out of control. Read More
SOCIAL CHANGE MAKERS BLOG SERIES ISSUE NO 1: Be the Change Maker, Not the Trouble MakerSeptember 11, 2017 Bikas Udhyami (Lokmani Subedi)
I think by leaving everything for social activism, I set a wrong example and I felt that nobody should do the same. So, we encouraged our volunteers to see first look after themselves, their families, study and then only the social work. I think that is the right model we should adopt. If social… Read More
Life Among Red Bricks Through A Black & White LensJuly 31, 2017 Arjun Bhusal
Bricks were popular in our country even before Lord Buddha. Many historical or ancient palaces like temples were made of bricks. Old Nepalese temples and other constructions are the testimonials of a long history of brick production and its use. Apart from their historical significance, bricks have… Read More
Gender Equality Through Different EyesJune 24, 2017 Roman Prajapati
Gender equality traditionally has always been understood and still is in the minds of many about women. However, gender equality is not about women only. What do men perceive to be the state of gender equality in Nepal? How is the new generation of young men thinking about gender equality? How are… Read More
We sat down with Anil Regmi, the 25 year old Nepali person behind ‘Smart Krishi’, a mobile app for android helping many farmers to get the information about types of soil, improvised seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, weather forecast, modern farming processes etc. Read More
Such a Waste: Moving to a Culture of Less Garbage and More RecyclingFebruary 16, 2017 Krishma Poudel
“Waste”- What is the first image that came to your mind when you saw the word? A pile of huge unwanted plastics, cans, bottles, remains of vegetables, etc., which have a nasty smell? How many of you know that the place of empty cans, packets of noodles, junk, wrappers, or paper is in the green or… Read More
Changing Our Education System, Changing NepalJanuary 23, 2017 Apekshya Pal
“Education is the most powerful tool which can be used to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela. Nepal has made significant progress over the last couple of decades when it comes to increasing access to education. As a country with one of the youngest education systems in the world, Nepal, when it… Read More
The Journey To Go To School: Ending Corporal PunishmentJanuary 6, 2017 Sushant Rijal
In Nepal, going to school especially for many children living in rural areas is not easy. As a former teacher of Maths in a public school in a rural Lalitpur village, I have seen the long journey many students make every day to get to school, often having to walk for several hours while carrying… Read More
Finding a Job: Practical AdviceNovember 28, 2016 Tara Bohara
Youth unemployment is an exacerbating problem in Nepal. Nepal’s population is young with one third of all people in the age group of 15-29 years. According to ILO research, each year more than 300,000 young Nepali enter the job market and only 5% of them succeed in finding work. University graduates… Read More
Social Norms Continue to Affect Women’s Labor Force ParticipationNovember 28, 2016 Sagma Maharjhan
When I was in school, one day, my teacher asked all of us in the class about the “Aim of our life”. I want to become a nurse and replied the same to my teacher, and my other female friends stated other professions mostly from the service industry; a teacher, an NGO worker, and a banker. Most of the… Read More
Youth Unemployment: Nepal's Unfulfilled PotentialNovember 28, 2016 Neeti Pradhan
Young people are the future of any country, but in Nepal their potential remains largely unfulfilled as result of unemployment. A total of 40.3 percent of Nepal’s population of 28 million falls within the age category of 15-40 years based on the definition of youth of the National Youth Policy… Read More