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Project Kick-Off Meeting Held


15 August, 2014 -

The Kick-Off Meeting for the Project “SANCHAR: Support for Accountable National Institutions for Citizen’s Access to RTI" took place on 8th August, 2014 (Friday) in Kathmandu. The meeting was held as per the decision of the Meeting of the Project Steering Committee held on 5th August, 2014.


The objectives of the meeting were to formally announce among the stakeholders about the Project the details of the project activities and seek suggestions in order to implement the project activities more effectively.


In the beginning of the Meeting, Mr. Taranath Dahal, the Chairperson of CCRI briefed the participants about CCRI and the activities it has been performing.


Mr. Tanka Aryal, the Executive Director of CCRI presented about the Project “SANCHAR” and the details of the activities to be carried out under the project. Mr. Aryal explained that the Project shall be carried out by CCRI along with its 8 strategic partner CSOs around the country with designated activities. Mr. Aryal also sought for the suggestions in order to effectively carry out the Project.


Speaking in the discussion session of the Meeting, Mr. Shanti Ram Sharma, the Acting Secretary of the National Information Commission expressed his commitment for supporting the project activities and also suggested to carry out the project activities harmonizing with the activities of the National Information Commission.


Dr. Ram Krishna Timalsena, an RTI expert expressed that the 5-Years Strategic Plan of the National Information Commission should be taken into consideration while conducting the project activities by CCRI with its strategic partners. Further, Dr. Timalsena  also expressed his commitment to support the project components especially the establishment of RTI Legal Clinic.


Mr. Kedar Khadka, President of the Good Governance (GoGo) Foundation commented on the ambitious activity of filing 1,600 RTI Applications across the country under the project. Mr. Khadka suggested to take due precautions in order to make people file those applications in a strategic manner.


Mr. Ujir Magar, General Secretary of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) focused more at the project activities focused at the journalists. Mr. Magar expressed that journalists working at both central and local level should be concerned under the project to use RTI in their investigative reporting.


Mr. Bishnu Pukar Shrestha, Chairperson of CAHURAST, Nepal expressed his interest to collaborate and support the campaign of promoting RTI along with CCRI and other stakeholders.


Similarly, Mr, Krishna Sapkota, Executive Director of Freedom Forum, Mr. J.B. Bishwakarma from UNESCO, Mr. Manmohan Swar from Mirest Nepal, Mr. Manoj Bhattrai from COMAT, Mr. Prakash Ghimire from Watch Dog Media, Mr. Sailendra Bista from NIRDC and Mr. Paras Acharye from Youth Initiatives suggested to implement the project activities focusing the people at the grass-root level making it heterogeneous and also the representatives of Ward Citizens’ Forum and Citizens Awareness Centre established in every VDCs systematically.


Additionally, Mr. Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, President of Karnali Self-Help Development Forum Nepal, (KSDF) Karnali and Mr. Khila Nath Sapkota, Executive Director of Humanitarian Organization for Peace and Ecology (HOPE) Nepal shared their experience being have previously worked as a strategic partner of CCRI in their respective areas and also shared some of the significant examples of RTI Applications.


Ms. Sharada Bhusal Jha, an Anti-corruption Activist strongly put the issue of the safety threat of information seekers while using RTI. Her suggestion was responded by Mr. Taranath Dahal, the Chairperson of CCRI stating that the safety threat monitoring of the RTI Activists is one of the component of the current Project.


The Project “SANCHAR” has been supported by Governance Facility which is a coordinating mechanism created by the governments of Denmark, Switzerland and UK to support governance efforts in Nepal. The Meeting was observed by the representatives of the Governance Facility.


Altogether 48 participants representing various government agencies, non-governmental agencies and media participated in the Meeting and provided their valuable suggestions. A brochure containing the Project Brief was distributed among every participant.