The Virtual Keynote | Nepali Times

At the outset of today’s Zoom webinar, allow me to first thank the organisers of this 6-day Conference on Sustainable Development of Community-based Organisations by Empowerment of Local Steakholders through a Paradigm Shit in Their Agenda-Setting Role in the Context of Economic Globalisation and Climate Change organised by GONe in corporation with FEDUP, UNDO, USURP, DEFEAT and FINIDO, and partnership with local non-governmental organisations FECKOFUN, HERPES, INSECT and NASTY.

So, without further ado, let me invite our virtual Chief Guest to cut the digital ribbon and deliver his virtual keynote.

“Madam Chair, ladies, gentlemen and others. Thank you for nominating me Brand Ambassador for Poverty Alleviation. Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation sandwiched between India and China, and is 56,700 sq m in area. [DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS WE HAVE HAD TO CUT THE NEXT 15 PARAGRAPHS. -ED.]

We need clear short-, mid-, and long-term goals and a steering committee that prioritises a bottoms-up approach so the totality of the changing paradigms can be internalised and allowed to trickle down. We have to learn from best practices, and put non-priority sectors in the back burner for a deep dive at a later date.

We cannot measure the impact of awareness-raising in dollars and cents, but the gender narrative will inform our pilot project to upscale deliverables and replicate them nationwide so admin costs can profit our non-profit. This pandemic is a wakeup call to rouse us from deep slumber and up-skill staff to an asynchronous work style to fulfill the groundbreaking agenda-setting that will be added in track changes during breakout sessions.

This will provide agency to other development actors and actresses to achieve expected outcomes. Here, the HR Lead will not just pay lip service in this mid-term review to the complex dynamics of underdevelopment, she will be taking a holistic, strategic macro-economic perspective, in attaining end-degree refinement, a multi-sectoral institutionalisation of all trilateral and bilateral monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in the process of re-intermediarisation of sequenced interventions for sustained resource mobilisation in an era of economic globalisation, so that a selective allocation of these resources can be fine-tuned for optimum utilisation and disbursed inclusively to all beneficiaries.

To this end, the requirement of a supportive environment cannot be overemphasised and under-stressed. Self-correcting mechanisms for proper TORs to meet the CCMC’s governance goals, self-fulfilling STCRDP/RSP, and participatory LSGDA are going to create an enabling environment in Phase II of the DSRSL Framework to empower the downtrodden through earthquake-resistant capacity buildings.

We must revisit mis-directed civil society priorities for policy advocacy, proactive social mobilisation, action research, and experience-sharing to bring about a win-win situation for all beneficiaries and target groups.

We have to doubly redouble our efforts to rectify wrongs and address the structural policy-polity dichotomy that stymied past efforts to uplift excluded and marginalised vulnerable communities, so these initiatives will ultimately trickle down to the grassroots.

Thank you, you may now wake up for a 15 minute break.”

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