25th March, 2021
National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice Nepal (Human Rights Alliance) organized a policy dialogue with the representatives from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and concerned government authorities. The dialogue was organized to discuss the role of civil society organizations and the social sector in the formulation of policies and programs by the government. With over 45 participants, the discussion focused on developing a concrete set of recommendations to be incorporated in the upcoming policies and programs of Nepal government. Since the government of Nepal is in the process of formulating upcoming year’s policies and programs, the dialogue was organized at the right time.
The dialogue session was chaired by Mr. Samir Nepal, Senior vice-chairperson of Human Rights Alliance and the special guests of the session were Hon. Dr. Vijay Dutta (Madhesi Aayog), Hon. Ram Lakhan Harijan (National Assembly) and Hon. Min Bahadur Shahi Member of Nepal Planning Commission). The other guests were Dr. Padma Prasad Khatiwada, Vice chairperson of Social Welfare Council (SWC), Mr. Loknath Subedi, Treasurer SWC, Mr. Pushkar Khati, member secretary of SWC, Mr. Jitaram Lama, Chairperson of NGO Federation of Nepal and representatives from various social organizations, federations, networks and civil society. Mr. Bidur Subedi from Human Rights Alliance moderated the dialogue session and Mr. Lal Bahadur Oli, Vice chairperson of HR Alliance formally welcomed all the guests and participants.
The dialogue was organized in two phases, first, open floor discussion and second, panel discussion. A number of recommendations from the social sector were developed and agreed upon by the forum. Policy recommendations focused on the need to improve access to food, drinking water, electricity and other basic services. Similarly, policy recommendations regarding environment and natural resource management were also developed. Vulnerable groups such as children, women, elder citizens and marginalized groups need special priority while formulating policies. Similarly, the role of civil society was repeatedly stressed and it was agreed that consultation with the social sector and civil society should be regular in order to bring more effective policies and programs.
Overall, the forum agreed that all the recommendations from representatives of different sectors are very important and they should be incorporated in the upcoming policy and programs of the government. The program ended on a hopeful note that most, if not all of the recommendations will be considered seriously this time and desired results will be gradually attained.