NISER has long engagement with different universities, donors and think tanks in multi-year and multi-country research related to various aspects of labour migration. Current engagement includes research on issues of intermediaries and fair recruitment, decent work for women migrant workers, role of networks in foreign employment; south south migration and inclusion, assessment of pre-departure orientation (PDO) delivery mechanism and pre-employment orientation (PEO) in 12 countries of Abu Dhabi Dialouge and development of regional modules for the members and multi-area of impact of migration on migrants and their left behind family members.
YOUTH & ADOLESCENCE
NISER's work on youth and adolescents has so far focused on social experience of adolescents and young people, inter-generational changes in youth's experience of social norms and understanding the right time and combinations of intervention to help youths overcome normative barriers and achieve well-being in different areas of life. It's work also looks at adolescents and young people in precarious works such as construction sites and in commercial sexual work and migration experience of adolescents. It has also contributed to making a GAP MAP on intervention and outcomes of programmes in areas of livelihoods, protection and participation in low and middle income countries.
GENDER & GENDER NORMS
NISER's work on gender norms consists of several long term multi-country projects that tries to find answers to when and what kind of interventions work best to change harmful gender norms. Beyond this, it has looked at impacts of gender norms on intimate partner's and domestic violence, gender based violence in work, impact of communication and training to adolescents, parents and other gatekeepers in changing discriminatory norms and harmful traditions. One of its current project has also looked at inter-generational change in women's experience of personal and work-life and roles of gender norms in driving people, particularly adolescents and youths into jobs where they are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.
POVERTY & LIVELIHOODS
NISER's work on poverty and livelihoods consists of several longitudinal studies looking at sustainable poverty escapes of households, people's access to basic services and livelihoods and in fragile and conflict-affected situations and gender and livelihoods. It has also studied impacts of government-donor funded long term livelihoods programmes such as Karnali Employment Project, Poverty Alleviation Fund and Canadian International Food Security Research Fund's (CIRSEF) Sustainable Agriculture Kits in Nepal. Additionally its work on migration also touches on livelihood issues.
NISER work on social protection includes qualitative and mixed methods assessments of delivery of social protection, effectiveness of social accountability mechanism, traditional and non traditional actors in social protection and adaptive social protection and shock response in Nepal. It has also worked on issues of disability including experience of social protection amongst families having children with disability.
NISER has multiple projects with international think tank and universities on issues of disaster and disaster response. It's research has primarily focused on traditional and non-traditional actors in disaster response, current disaster response and best practices and possibilities for an adaptive disaster response in Nepal.