Intervention strategy of NPWG/CPN:
Three common activities have been identified for the campaign based long term intervention strategy:
- Stocktaking and resource mobilization,
- Advocacy / dissemination and transfer of customized knowledge for civic action,
- Empowerment and support for vulnerability protection.
Certain issues have been included under this strategy. It can be elaborated as follows:
Strategy no. 1:
Stocktaking of the fundamental norms of rights is based on the issue-wise documents according to the experience and practice at the international level. Under this strategy, the networking works actively to transfer the customized knowledge of those who have access to resources to the local people in the community level. International humanitarian and human rights laws, agenda of millennium development goals, WTO and its agreement, regional commitments of the government (SAARC Social Charter and other agreements), Constitution, national policies, development process and projects against people's interest and benefit (such as Koshi high dam) etc. are the sources of knowledge. We conduct activities such as training package, resource booklet, practical guide to activities, study manual, publication etc. under this strategy. Result-oriented movements and campaigns in the society have been considered with due priority.
Strategy no. 2:
Under this strategy, we make optimum use of the resources acquired under Strategy no. 1. These resources are used as the tools for transfer of knowledge. Advocacy and dissemination methodology is applied. Training, discussion, seminar, skill sharing workshop, conference have been considered as means to transfer such knowledge.
Dissemination of the study manuals, documents, reports produced by the networking at the highest level is the specific activity under this strategy. This website is created for this. The website shall disseminate relevant subject matter and information about the networking among all the stakeholders. The website, carrying information about the stakeholders will be updated time to time. This will facilitate exchange of information among stakeholders for uniformity in their activities, and, at the same time, the networking will gain organized form.
Strategy no. 3:
This strategy has three dimensions. Firstly, it identifies the marginalized communities and the vulnerable groups. It unites such communities through formation of CPN. The activists, who are able to advocate and transfer the knowledge to the local community, are organized in the CPN. These activists lead CPN towards issue based advocacy and direct action.
Secondly, a national level networking under the banner of NPWG has been formed by involving stakeholders representing all sectors. Its institutions are being set up at the regional and district level.
Thirdly, problem based intervention will be made at the policy making level to play advisory role. This creates an effective wave for issue based intervention. It utilizes the output gained through above Strategies 1 and 2 for the purpose of protection and empowerment of the vulnerable groups. Training, education, legal assistance, public interest campaign, prosecuting case as public interest litigation for the disenfranchised groups are being conducted under this. These activities are direct and strong action for empowerment and vulnerability protection, and, on the other hand, it unites common people for a civic action.
Issues and activities for next step strategies:
Stakeholders involved in the NPWG have opined that this network should focus towards strengthening democracy. This has been aptly addressed in the conclusion of the people's conference, Participants of the Conference strongly demand a campaign to resolve the problems and controversies in the distribution of natural resources and to develop a new political system for ensuring access of minorities, dalit, women, ethnic communities, nationalities and the poor among them. The root cause of every conflict is the unequal distribution of the natural resources. All these problems can be solved if we launch an integrated campaign for democratization of the society and inclusive democratic system in the State. The issues of pro-poor governance, good governance, development, poverty, social justice, inclusive democratic system should be viewed and discussed from the right based approach.
It was found that the issue of right to sustainable livelihood and social and political participation is a new concept in Nepal. Long-term intervention strategy is necessary to empower the vulnerable groups and marginalized communities in this regard. Most of the people are unaware of the provisions of democratic practices and issue of pro-poor governance.
We have determined activities for next step strategies based on our experience and learning. Issue of strengthening democracy has been prioritized for future campaign. Reinstatement of democracy is stressed. CPN should run its activities at the local level focusing inclusive democracy and political participation as people's rights. The intensive networking with its effective campaign will definitely achieve pro-poor governance in the country.
The activities of this campaign will be undertaken at the following three levels:
- Preparation and mobilization of resource pack,
- Advocacy, dissemination, conference, seminar, public hearing,
- Activities on empowerment and support service.