Constitution and Federalism

Constitution and Federalism

Constitution and Federalism Overview A series of idea sharing workshops on issues of constitution and federalism were organized in different levels including local, regional and central. Sharing ideas on federalism amongst national and local scholars, creating conducive environment to promote social and communal harmony and developing capacity of local front-runners/leaders were the major objectives of the workshop. Apart from these, public expectations were collected on the reports of different Committees of the Constituent Assembly. Renowned experts on federalism were selected as the resource persons who made presentations on vital issues. During the workshop sessions group discussions were held to effectively discuss the subject matter. Those groups held discussions on several issues including the governance structure, possibility of exploitation of natural resources and its distribution, language, culture, minorities, Janajatis and gender issues. The participants were selected in an inclusive manner from profession, gender and ethnic diversity. Mainly, they were selected from among teachers, lecturers, lawyers, journalists and social activists. The workshop organized in district level was the effort to collect public expectations, their opinions and suggestions on the report of Constitution Assembly as the CA had requested. It was also an effort to create ownership in the new constitution by suggesting the CA to incorporate publication expectations. A final report was handed over the Constituent Assembly incorporating the suggestions and expectations. Idea Sharing on Federalism, 2008 NEMAF supported by Federalism Support Program – GTZ, Kathmandu organized three regional level workshops on Idea Sharing on Federalism in Biratnagar, the hub for eastern Nepal, Lahan, the origin place of Madhesh Movement 2007 and Janakpur, the place which has staged different democratic movements....
Armed Violence in the Tarai

Armed Violence in the Tarai

Armed Violence in the Tarai Overview The project aimed to find out the situation of community safety and security of the 20 Terai districts. Apart from these, the program tried to figure out the situations about crime and disputes, security provision, perception towards firearms and armed groups of local community and response to insecurity through a series of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and in-depth interview. FGDs were conducted in participation of women, youths, business community and civil society. In-depth interviews included the government officials, security and justice professionals, politicians, experts and civil society groups. A final report was published incorporating information and experiences received from the districts. The project was jointly organized by Nepal Madhesh Foundation, Interdisciplinary Analysts, Saferworld and Small Arms Survey where NEMAF conducted its activities in four districts: Bara, Siraha, Kapilvastu and Sunsari. Political upheaval, border crime, lack of cooperation between security personnel, gender violence, discrimination and inequality, emergence of armed groups and among others were the major causes of being the Terai insecure. The project concluded with some recommendations as urgent needs which include end of political transition and culture of impunity, political commitments from leaders, strong monitoring mechanism in border and new mechanism for cross-border cooperation between security personals, separate security plan for Terai, special plan to improve physical infrastructure and social awareness in Terai. Project details February 20, 2014Date: nemaf-adminAuthor: Constitution and FederalismConflict Resolution Like this post? 0 More sharing options Latest News Important workshop in the next month Book launching TODAY Donation drive in Madhesh Call for 4th batch of Immersion Course   Latest Update Important workshop in the next month Book...
Human Rights and Governance

Human Rights and Governance

Human Rights and Governance Overview It is fact that almost 50 percent of the total population of Nepal lives in Madhesh/Terai districts; and about 34% of them are Madheshis. Although the population size is big, the Madheshi people have been facing the dual problem of identity-based discrimination and systematic under-representation in state mechanisms. Despite being rich in resources, the Tarai remains dismally poor. Moreover, their presence in political, economic, social and development sectors are also negligible. In order to find out pertinent issues and the current challenges of Madhesh, the NEMAF with support from DanidaHUGOU selected 4 clusters of terai districts and held focused discussions with Madheshi led NGOs, Madheshi civil society, youths, dalits and strategic partners of DanidaHUGOU. The discussions were mainly focused on current socio-political as well as conflict situation of the selected districts. Activities The programme was carried out in Morang, Dhanusha, Parsa and Rupandehi districts selected in close coordination with DanidaHUGOU. Identifying key local issues and sharing them to strategic partners of DanidaHUGOU, finding possible area of support including criteria of new partner selection and seeking way out of assisting for capacity development of local organizations were the major activities of the project. For this, NEMAF held 18 focus group discussions with Madheshi NGO group, local representatives the strategic partner of Danida, Madheshi youths and Madheshi civil society. The participants mainly raised issues on socio-political, economic and existing conflict situation. As a reflection of their concern, NEMAF had identified the issues to be intervened. Building social harmony between Madheshi and Hill community, creating and strengthening vibrant civil society to hold the stakeholders accountable, improving governance...

Strengthening Critical Mass

Strengthening Critical Mass Overview NEMAF is currently implementing Strengthening Critical Mass of Civil Society in Madhesh/Terai since June 2011 under DanidaHUGOU strategic partnership.DanidaHUGOU and NEMAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 30 May 2011 to support NEMAF to operationalize a framework of strategic partnership called Strategic and Operational Plan (StOP) for a period of five years (2011-2015). The framework provides opportunities for multi-donor partnership to operationalize the StOP with a common coordination and management mechanism, which includes, among others, one common bank account, one common annual review and reflection, and one common annual progress report and financial statement. The annual work plan and budget (AWAB) constitutes an implementation and monitoring guide for the NGO\\\’s activities. Based on the StOP, NEMAF develops an Annual Wok Plan and Budget (AWAB), 2011/12 specifying activities to be implemented this particular year addressing programme-specific priorities and organisational development needs, as well as annual targets to be achieved through the implementation of the activities. This programme aims to create a critical mass of civil society in the Madhesh mainly through researched based dialogues and advocacy at both district and central level. NEMAF engages the civil society of Madhesh/Terai in the researched based dialogues and interactions, advocacy activities and publications. The activities are chiefly pertaining to security, good governance, social harmony and other contemporary issues. Activities Madhesh Manthan After Madhesh Movement 2007, Madhesh/Terai regions are the widely debated and discussed in all spheres of life. However, the discussions and debates on Madheshi issues later on and particularly after the Constituent Assembly Election 2008 got deviated due to emergence of different interest groups. There was need to...