Meeting with the members of Nepal Debate Initiative (NDI) was held on February 16, 2013 at Yalamaya Kendra in Lalitpur. The meeting was held with the objective to discuss the way forward for NDI and explore grant making opportunities to ensure sustainability and independence. Altogether fourteen members from Kathmandu, Dolakha, Birgunj and Nuwakot took part in the meeting.
The ASD organized “Training on Human Rights” from 04-08 February 2013 at Chitwan with the aim to build the capacity of human rights defenders/activists working in different districts. The objective of the program was to impart in-depth knowledge to participants on the human rights norms and practices and to develop an informed pool of human rights activists and facilitators.
In collaboration with Himal Southasian, Alliance for Social Dialogue conducted its sixth public lecture on "Leadership in South Asia" on 18 December 2012 at Kathmandu. The lecture was delivered by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, diplomat, writer and thinker from India, who also carries the familial legacy of the Mahatma.
The lecture was an open invitation. For more information on the lecture, please visit here.
ASD Media Program in collaboration with OSF media grantee Satyagraha, Birgunj organized a two day discussion program on “Environment Problem of Chure, Weakness of Transitional Institution to address it and Role of Media” on 05-06 November 2012 at Kathmandu with journalist from within and outside KTM, media experts, government officials, environment conservationists, researcher and academicians.
ASD had also organized similar programs in Tikapur, Birgunj and Illam with the purpose to sensitize the journalists working outside Kathmandu on the important issue of Chure and to provide them with the capacity to understand Chure on technical as well as social ground and raise this issue through their reporting.
The Second day of the program in Kathmandu, 06 November 2012 concluded with a brief meeting with the Honorable Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal where journalists raised serious concerns of Chure and the policy lapses regarding it in local level. A total of 30 participants were present in the two day program.
Two lectures on "The Political Situation after the Constituent Assembly and Way Forward" was organized by ASD on 23 and 24 September 2012 at Dhangadi and Nepagunj and another two lectures on 07 and 08 October 2012 at Birtamod and Biratnagar respectively. Mr. Nilamber Acharya, Former President of the Dissolved Constituent Assembly delivered the lecture. This was a public lecture and invitation was open to all.