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Civil Society Forum Workshop on “Issues of Social Inclusion in the Context of State- Restructuring”

Venue : Hotel Everest, New Baneswor, Kathmandu
Time : 15th October 2009

Remarks :

SIRF organized Civil Society Forum Workshop on “Issues of Social Inclusion in the Context of State Restructuring” on 15th October 2009. This workshop provide the research theme to SIRF screening committee which again will be prioritized for research theme of Call for Proposal 2009.

The inaugural session of workshop was chaired by Dr. Ganesh Man Gurung, Chairperson of SIRF Screening Committee. Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Vice chairman of National Planning Commission was the chief guest of the program. The other respected guest to address the session were: Mr. Narshing Chaudhary, Chairman of National Inclusion Commission; Hans Heijdra, Country Director of SNV Nepal and Kristine H. Storholt, Counselor of Royal Norwegian Embassay, Kathmandu. Dr. Manju Thapa Tuladhar, Lead Adviser of SIRF gave the welcome speech and vote of thank to the session and Mr. Mohan Das Manadhar, Senior Adviser of SIRF, present the brief introduction and its activities in the session.

In the second session of the workshop, the Screening Committee member presented on contemporary issues/ agenda of respective excluded group by respective members. Namely, Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung presented on women, Mainoona Siddiqui presented on Minorities/ Muslims, Dr. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung on behalf of Dr Madan Pariyar presented on Dalits, Dr. Saket Thekur Presented on Madhesi, Dr. Mukta Singh Tamang presented on Janajatis and Dr. Shaubhagya Shah presented on Marginalized Groups includes third sex, physically challenged, regionally marginalized and others. Government representative member: Mr. Bhubhan Karki of Ministry of Finance highlighted on the importance of researches on social exclusion and it’s fruitful insight on budget marking process and Mr. Teertha Raj Dhakal of National Planning Commission highlighted on the importance of social science researches on country’s planning process.

The workshop followed with thematic group work in six thematic groups, namely: Women, Minorities/ Muslim Groups, Dalits, Madhesi, Janajati and Marginalized groups. Theses group discussed and listed the research these for Call for Proposal 2009. These groups presented their summarized research theme in the next session of presentation.

A Screening Committee meeting was immediately held after Civil Society Forum Workshop in same venue. The meeting prioritized the research themes identified by the thematic group and endorsed as the Research Theme of Call for Proposal 2009. The research themes for Call for Proposal 2009 is as follow:   

Research Theme for Research Grant
  • Representation and Participation of Excluded Groups in State and Non- state Agencies
  • Affirmative Action, Reservation and Special Rights to Excluded Groups
  • Socio- economic and Political Status of Excluded Groups
  • Issues of Group/ Community Identity at Local, Regional and National Level
  • Basis and Forms of Federal Structure in the context of Nepal
  • Issues of Excluded Communities in Media
  • Violence, Impunity, Human Rights and Rule of Law
  • Practices in Peace Building and Intra/ Inter- Communal Harmony 
  • Local Governance and Excluded Communities
  • Issues of Implementation of Government’s Inclusion Policies and Programmes
Group – Specific Themes
  • Intersectionality of Identity within Women
  • Feminization of Poverty and Development
  • Discrimination against Women
  • Impact of Climate Change on Marginalized Women
  • Status of Migrant Women Workers
Adibasi Janajati
  • Traditional Institution  of Adibasi Janajati and Governance
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Identity
  • Indigenous  Women’s Status and Identity
  • Traditional Economy and Employment
  • Program and Policies for Indigenous Women
  • Status of Endangered Indigenous Peoples
  • Issues of Implementation of Government’s Inclusion Policy and Program
Muslims/ Minorities Groups 
  • Reproductive Health and Poverty of Muslim and Minorities
  • Livelihood Opportunities of Muslims and Minorities
  • Landless Muslims and Minorities
  • Muslims Women and Public Spaces
  • Religious Conflict, Peace and Harmony
  • Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimension of Conflict in Madhesh/ Terai
  • Natural Resource and Land Management in Madhesh/ Terai
  • Issues of Cross Border Relationship in Madhesh/ Terai
  • Intra- communal Relationship in Madhesh/ Terai
  • Social, Cultural and Demographic Status of Other Backward Communitis (OBCs) in Nepal
  • Land and Dalit Rights
  • Dalit’s Access and Management of State Resources and Basic Services
  • Livelihood , Traditional Occupation and Dalits Identity
  • Employment and Poverty among Dalit Women
  • Madheshi Dalits, Violence and Inter- caste Relationship
Marginalized Groups – includes Third Gender, Physically Challenged and Others
  • Socio- Economic Status, Physical Infrastructure and Family Condition of Disabled
  • Economic, Social and Political Marginality of Karnali
  • Connectivity, Employment  and Exclusion of Regionally Marginalized
  • Lifestyle, Status, Social Relationship and Mapping of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (LGBTI) Communities in Nepal
  • Causes and Experiences of Conflict and Violence
  • Post- conflict Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.
  • Conditions of Internally Displaced Individual and Communities

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