Electoral Education for Democratic Governance (EEDG) Project Launched
Jagaran Nepal an organization working for women rights, peace & governance, and co-implementing partner Himalayan Conservation and Development Association (HCDA) Humla jointly organized a launching program of ‘Electoral Education for Democratic Governance (EEDG) project among central level stakeholders on 29th June 2012 at SAP-Falcha Babarmahal, Kathmandu.
The project is funded by European Union (EU). Target groups are Dalits, Women, Janajatis as well as potential political leaders of local level. The project is being implemented in 134 VDCs of five districts of Karnali and will last for three years.
In the opening of the program, Executive Director of HCDA Mr.Dala Rawal, explored alarming scenario of Karnali and requested that everyone should visit Karnali to know issues and feel the real life of Karnali. He further added that Excessive cost for lively hood, illiteracy, poverty and geographical constraints are the features of Karnali and urged to give hand for pro Karnali policies and programs.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Sharmila Karki, Chairperson of Jagaran Nepal, remarked “Jagaran Nepal is proud to work for the people of Karnali. Major section of the population of Karnali is very deprived but rich in natural resources. Lack of knowledge to use natural resources, absence of democratic governance, lack of public services and hunger make rural life more difficult in Karnali. Ms.Karki added that the project aims mainstreaming Karnali through capacity building, awareness raising and electoral education. She also claimed that designed activities of the project like Karnali Summit will be a milestone for mainstreaming and help government to be accountable towards people. Project will contribute to create a free, fair and fearless environment in election. It will also help to contribute towards strengthening the role of citizens in the electoral process so as to ensure a responsive, accountable, and democratically elected government. Finally she welcomed constructive suggestions, recommendations from participants. She promised to keep on regular coordination and develop cordial linkage between stakeholders for the betterment of project.
Representing National Election Commission, Director Mr. Kamal Dhamala congratulated Jagaran Nepal for initiating civic education which is a regular process and wished for the succession of the project. It is kind of complement to election commission. “This project will really be fruitful and helpful to establish free, fair and fearless environment for democratic election system” he expressed. National Election Commission (NEC) has launched a well equipped library, electoral education, voter registration and developed various election awareness IEC materials. He asked to all to visit his office and find way to work together where possible. Finally, he urged to all stakeholders and Jagaran Nepal for regular coordination with NEC and do implement according to the value of project concept.
The representatives from Social Welfare Council, National Election Observation Committee(NEOC), National Women Commission, Armed Police Force, European Union, Civil Society Organizations, I /NGOs and media also expressed best wishes. They advised to modify the project events as per the context. District level partner organizations from Karnali zone namely Malika Community Development Centre, Human Rights and Environment Development Centre and Surya Social Service Society were also present in the launching.
In this concern, briefing of the project was carried out by National Project Coordinator of Jagaran Nepal, Mr.Raj Kumar Sapkota and a total of 65 participants from different stakeholders were presented at launching program of the Electoral Education for democratic Governance (EEDG).