Impacts of Intervention on Kamaiya
The issue of Kamaiya workers and debt bondage as well as various forms of bondage in Nepal & Nepalese agriculture is not new at present. The whole decade has been a period of continuous efforts and movement against this extremely unfair and inhumane practice. As an outcome of the efforts of various actors including the trade union movement, Kamaiyas have been declared free form the bonded system last year in July 17. However, this declaration of liberation for Kamaiyas is only a milestone, from where a number of new activities have to be undertaken with a serious endeavour in order to make them capable to enjoy the freedom in the real sense.
During the past decade, heavy expenditure has been exhausted by GOs, NGOs and TUs also in cooperation with INGOs, UN Agencies and other donor agencies. But the effort to evaluate and assess the impacts and usefulness of the activities launched has not been undertaken. The losses and gains to the Kamaiya families have never been considered in analysis. So, while working on this action program in cooperation with ILO-IPEC under Italian Social Partners Initiative, we tried to think for an attempt to analyse the impacts of our intervention programmes within the period and also of other actors working in this issue.