Second Youth Camp was held in Mahottari on 27th of January 2012. 19 youth were given orientation on idea generation and identification of problems and challenges existing in their community. The Camp was facilitated by Dr. S. B. Thakur. At the end of the camp two local facilitators were assigned to help out the participants to develop the proposal from the idea they have generated and encourage the youth to send to ChangeFusion Nepal.
Four days debate training was organized in Surkhet from 21 to 24 January 2012. The objectives of the visit was capacity building of the youth from western and far-western region of Nepal and give platform to the debaters (alumni 2010 and 2011) from the region to enhance their skill as a trainer. The training was facilitated by Mr. Shree Ram Bajagain and the alumni of 2010 and 2011 Debating and Producing Media Workshop. The total number of participants was 24 and the debate was conducted on issues related to education.
ASD Media program organized a day discussion on Self-Censorship in Nepali Media on 20 January 2012 at Dhangadi with journalists from Bajhang, Bajura, Dadeldhura, Doti, Kanchanpur, Surkhet and Kailali. A total of 26 working journalists participated during the discussion and survey on self censorship that ASD plans to analyze at the end of this series of program. The discussion was followed by a paper presentation on Study on Self-censorship in Nepali media.
In the upcoming year, ASD aims to identify policy gaps in its five thematic areas i.e. education, human rights, media, women and different issues of political transition, select policy research fellows and provide fellowship to develop policy discussion papers. Through policy discussion papers ASD will identity contentious issues in public policies, opposing views and examine the roles of various stakeholders. The discussion paper will also explore the role and potential of civil society and other stakeholders in revising government policies and programs.
To develop the capacity of people involved with ASD in Policy works and help identify policy issues and promote policy advocacy work in the upcoming years, ASD organized three programs in Kathmandu with Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Centre of Governance and Public Management at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.The programs were as follows:
•Policy orientation program on 13 December 2011, for ASD Board members, the Secretariat and members of NPRN.
•Policy workshop on 14 and 15 December 2011 for the Secretariat, Researchers from Centre for the Study of Labor Mobility (CESLAM), South Asian Institute for Advanced Studies (SIAS), NITI Foundations and other potential policy research fellows.
•A Round table meeting on Policy Networking Experience in Nepal- Research Agenda and Ways Forward for Consolidating Local Democracy on 16 December 2011 with Nepal Policy Research Network (NPRN) and South Asian Institute for Advanced Studies (SIAS).
The program helped participants to gain an understanding on the nature of policy research, different types of policy evaluation and the ability to conduct preliminary policy analysis on any chosen policy issue.
An interaction program among The Ministry of Labour and Transport Management, Representatives of Trade Unions, Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies and Researchers was organized by Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) on 20 December 2011 in Kathmandu.The purpose of the interaction was to inform the three major stakeholders about the current status and conflicting issues of international labour migration of Nepali youth and to promote informed policy discussion among these stakeholders.
Researchers from Centre for the Study of Labor Mobility (CESLAM, Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) and an independent researcher presented on Status of Migration, Pre-departure orientation and Remittance and Migration policy,followed by open discussion. Sarita Giri,Minister (Ministry of Labour and Transport Management), Sthaneshwor Devkota,Executive Director (Foreign Employment Promotion Board), Somlal Bataju, President (Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies), Leaders from Trade Unions and Researchers of ASD, CESLAM and NEF participated in the program.
At the end of the program, three major stakeholders (the Government, Trade Unions and Foreign Employment Agency) agreed to continue policy discussions over the above issue in 2012. ASD will help to bring these stakeholders together and continue to facilitate towards preparing specific strategy to protect labour rights and proper mechanism for foreign labour migration governance.