|Date||–||Tuesday, May 23, 2017|
|Time||–|| 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Refreshments and networking from 4:00 to 4:30pm
Talk program from 4:30 pm onwards
Dr. Shyam Bhurtel, former member, Local-Level Restructuring Commission
Dr. Lok Raj Baral, Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies
Ms. Srijana Chettri, PACT and Sajhedari Bikaas
|Moderator||–||Thomas Robertson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Fulbright Nepal|
This month and next, Nepalis are casting votes for local representatives in the first local level elections in almost 20 years. The elections, which come after a decade of civil war and another ten years of constitutional wrangling about the shape of a new federal system, come with very high hopes for creating fair and effective local level government. Elections, however, are not enough; they are not the end of this effort but merely the beginning. Now the real work of creating stable, inclusive, and effective local institutions begins. Many challenges remain, such as how to forge compromises and get things done while also ensuring transparency, social inclusion, and efficient and high-quality results. This panel of experts, with decades of experience in the field, will help us make sense of some of the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Shyam Bhurtel is a former member of the Local-Level Restructuring Commission and the a longtime local governance consultant in Nepal.
Lok Raj Baral is Professor and Executive Chairman of Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies (NCCS), Kathmandu. He was Professor and Head of Department of Political Science, Tribhuvan University, and also a former of Ambassador of Nepal to India.
Srijana Chettri has worked on issues related to social justice, gender equality, and gender-based violence since 2000 and currently works at PACT as the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Manager for the Sajhedari Bikaas project. Her work in Nepal has focused on issues of gender and social inclusion in different issues, including gender-based violence, safe labor migration, women’s economic empowerment, inclusive political processes, and lately local governance. She holds a master's degree in International Development from the School of International Service, American University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College.
About the Lecture Series:
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Nepal, the Fulbright Commission (USEF) in Nepal has been organizing a lecture and policy discussion event each month in 2017. The lecture and policy discussion series brings together the alumni of various U.S. exchange programs and other experts in Nepal, and will focus on contemporary and emerging issues that are of importance to both the countries. They are open to the public.
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