Dr. Christian Wagner is a senior fellow on Asia Division at German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), which primarily advises in decision-making on international politics and foreign and security policy to the German government and Bundestag. He has been involved in research on security and strategic affairs of South Asia. Probably one of the best known researchers on South Asia and Nepal in Germany, he spoke on a wide range of issues, including Nepal’s geo-political challenges, impact of China and India’s rivalry in South Asia, the way ahead of Nepalese federalism and experiences with our special representative, Lekhanath Pandey— Lecturer of Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Research Fellow of Humboldt University, Berlin— at SWP headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Excerpt:
By Lekhanath Pandey Mar 26, 2019
As Nepal is passing through a major phase of political and economic transformation, NEW SPOTLIGHT has interviewed FARIS HADAD-ZERVOS, the country manager of the World Bank, Nepal Office, on a wide range of issues related to economy and development. Known for his intensive international experience, Hadad-Zervos, a US national, had joined the World Bank in 1996 in the Private Sector Development Department. He served as Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015) before taking a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem. Hadad-Zervos holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master's Degree in Finance from George Washington University. The full text of his written interview follows:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Feb 21, 2019
SARVENDRA NATH SHUKLA, former minister and leader of Rashtriya Janta Party-Nepal, is a well established veteran politician from Madhesh. Having secured victory several times in the national parliament from Rupandehi district, Shukla, who is now a key figure of Madhesh based RJP-Nepal, spoke to KESHAB POUDEL on various contemporary political issue. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Feb 16, 2019
Visiting Nepal several times in the past few years and travelling to different parts of the country to see the projects supported and funded by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Rev. Dr. Y. Franklin Ishida, Director, Asian and the Pacific Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was in Nepal recently. Rev. Dr. Ishida spoke to New Spotlight on various issues regarding ELCA's supported programs and projects. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Feb 15, 2019
CHRIS TWEEDALE, the Chief Executive of GEP Academies and a Consultant to the British Council, gave an informative presentation about the importance of teacher training and improving school leadership development in Nepal at the Education Symposium on 14 January 2019. With 28 years of teaching experience and posts within the UK Government to advise school policy and development, including in the British Council where he has worked with them for over six years, Tweedale spoke with SAIMA PUN about why the British Council’s Education Symposium is significant for Nepal.
By Saima Pun Jan 26, 2019
WENDY MARSTON BEM, Co-Founder and Advisor of Burns Violence Survivors (BVS) Nepal, the only organisation in the country dedicated to supporting burn victims, has been helping this cause for more than a decade before BVS was established in 2008. Mrs Marston sat down with SAIMA PUN to talk about how she came to settle down in Nepal and her work of helping Nepalis in desperate need of burn support.
By Saima Pun Jan 26, 2019
VALERIE JULLIAND, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and recent United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Nepal, has been working in the country since July 2016 overseeing the work of the various UN agencies in Nepal. Julliand sat down with SAIMA PUN at the UN House to discuss the United Nation’s involvement in supporting Nepal’s development.
By Saima Pun Jan 14, 2019
Bimal Acharya, a young and dynamic Mayor of Mechinagar Municipality of Jhapa District, is committed to bringing transformation in his area, which has been restructured recently with several Village Development Committees of the past falling under his jurisdiction. Mayor Acharya, a young leader of Nepali Congress, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues related to the local governance. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Jan 12, 2019
Twenty American Peace Corps Volunteers, the first since the organization suspended its operations in Nepal in 2004, are back again. As this year marks the 50th anniversary since the Peace Corps arrived in Nepal in 1962, former Peace Corps Volunteer SCOTT SKINNER spoke to KESHAB POUDEL about his experiences and contributions in Nepal. Skinner served in Nepal between 1962 to L964 and visited the country frequently. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Dec 21, 2018
VERONICA CODY, the European Union Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nepal, assumed her current role in Nepal from September 2017 and has been working with the European Union for 25 years where she has held a number of significant positions as a diplomat in that time. Ambassador Cody met with SAIMA PUN at the EU’s Office to discuss the European Union and Nepal’s extensive development partnership and relationship.
By Saima Pun Dec 20, 2018
Although he also served as an assistant minister at the center and got elected to the central parliament, the Mayor of Baitadi Municipality, Keshab Bahadur Chand, chose to contest the election in his local municipality. Chand, who secured victory as the mayor from Nepali Congress, finds there is more work here to complete. Under the new constitution and act, the mayor of municipality’s exercises more authority than the minister of the center. Chand spoke to KESHAB POUDEL at his office in the Patan Municipality of Baitadi district, reverently about the function and power of municipality. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Dec 09, 2018
International Organization of Migration, UN Migration Agency Nepal, has been supporting Nepal in various sectors related to migration. Paul I. Norton, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, Nepal, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.
By A Correspondent Nov 19, 2018
Despite a decade after the emancipation of Haliyas, the government is yet to provide shelter and livelihood opportunities to all freed Haliyas. Gopi Mainali, Secretary of Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, spoke to NEW SPOTLIGHT on various issues regarding the programs. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Nov 03, 2018
As Nepal is celebrating the World Contraception Day on 26th September organizing various programs the country is yet to fill the gap in demands of contraception. Marie Stopes Nepal is a leading organization working in Nepal in family health sectors, Sophie Hodder, the Country Director at Marie Stopes Nepal, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 26, 2018
The overall portfolio performance improved significantly in recent years. The contract award achieved for investment projects in Nepal in 2017 was $435.9 million, and disbursements were $275.4 million (with program loans), historically the highest level in Nepal for the second year in a row
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 25, 2018
As Nepal has almost fulfilled the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target with over 95 per cent coverage, many challenges remain in making the universal coverage on sanitation possible and providing safe drinking water. Director General of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Tej Raj Bhatta spoke to New Spotlight on these and other related issues. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 22, 2018
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation is in his eight-day visit to Nepal. While here, he went to project sites and interacted with the community members. Before returning home, Dr. Junge had talked with KESHAB POUDEL in an exclusive interview at LWF-Nepal’s office. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Sep 19, 2018
As Nepal government is celebrating Constitution Day with fanfare, leader of Rashtriya Janta Party Rajendra Mahato is terming the day as a Protest Day boycotting official ceremony and commemorating the day as a martyr’s day. Mahato spoke to NEW SPOTLIGHT from Dhangadhi. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 19, 2018
The new Constitution has completed its third year. In these past three years, supporters of the Constitution have remained and continue to be hopeful about the document. Critics who are less enthusiastic about its promises are not aspiring. Nevertheless they contested in the elections under the Constitution. With this context, we sat down with Dr Bipin Adhikari, constitutional expert and dean at the Kathmandu University School of Law, to discuss the three years of the implementation of the 2015 Constitution of Nepal and its future prospects. Following are the excerpts.
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 19, 2018