"The closure of project will have set back"

SHARMILA KARKI, president of Federation of Non-governmental Organization in Nepal.

June 18, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -1 June 14- 2013 (Jestha 31, 2070)

How do you look at the importance of the project?

The project helped a lot in the process of political and social transformation in Nepal. However, the project is packing after just seven years of completion giving nothing for sustainability. I would like to call Nepal’s all development partners to continue this project for few more years.

As the project has already closed, how do you look at it?

The closure of the project will have set back in the total programs. Nepal is yet to complete the constitutional writing process and peace process is yet to completely conclude. In this context the project like RDIF is highly essentials.

What is your other impression of the project?

One of the positive parts of the project was that it was a joint project of Nepal’s all development partners. It also showed that a jointly funded project works successfully. Similarly, this is the project which backed Nepal’s civil society and community level organization to deepen democracy, process of inclusion and gender issues at the grass root level.

What will be the implication of the closure of the project?

As the project has directly benefited to the community and transformed Nepal’s social and political process, the wrap off of the project without giving another alternative is unfortunate.

This project helped to increase the number of women participation in the politics as well as participation of marginalized and poor communities in the decision making process. Our member organizations have been pressing us to talk to Nepal’s development partners at least to continue it for another few more year.

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