Inclusive development workshop, Pokhara

Belaka Municipality, one of the working areas of NLR Nepal organized a two days interaction program on Inclusive development program. With joint collaboration of NLR Nepal & rural/urban municipalities, inclusive development program has been implemented in six municipalities of province one & four municipalities of province seven. The interaction workshop was conducted with financial and technical support from NLR Nepal for clear understanding of disability inclusive development activities, its outcome, preliminary results of census survey & progress towards integrated planning among ten municipalities. The participants from each municipalities were indulged in experience sharing and building strategy for effective implementation of the disability inclusive development program in their respective region. The workshop was held under the chairpersonship of Mr. Swostik Thapa, Mayor of Belaka Urban Municipality. Around 70 participants from province one & seven, including boundary partners were involved in workshop.
Objectives
• Creating good working relationship, coordination & cooperative environment among towards
Model Municipalities.
• Sharing experience among each other
• Clarification on approaches towards model municipalities’ activities, program & outcomes for
Inclusive development
• Develop feasible strategy for effective and smooth implementation of ID activities.

Opening Ceremony

The interaction program started with welcome speech from Deputy Mayor of Belaka municipality and was followed by brief introduction among all the participants from each rural/urban municipalities. NLR Nepal Country Director, Mr. Himalaya Dev Sigdel extended his opening speech on the contents of the program and explained the objectives of the workshop to the participants. He briefly reviewed the previous Inclusive Development workshop that was held in Bhedetar, Dhankuta on April 2018 to the participants. He thanked Belaka municipality for taking the initiation to coordinate the entire interaction program. He appreciated each municipality for taking out time from their busy schedule and other priorities for this interaction program in inclusive development. He lastly highlighted the importance of holistic human development to aid in inclusive development in order to support the overall development works being carried out in our communities and also requested all the participants to actively participate in discussion and build up feasible strategies to efficiently implement the inclusive development in respective municipalities.

Mayor of Belaka municipality, Mr. Durga Thapa concluded the opening ceremony with a speech. He stressed on the four dimensional of development. First, in order to develop a ‘model municipality’ we have to do things differently with different yet effective approaches and our development approaches should be so designed that it would create better outcomes for future generations; second, the development approaches should address the gap between rich and poor; third, carrying capacity of development approaches, whether the development works can be easily accessed or utilized by the community people as indicated by human rights declaration; fourth, community participation for participatory development should be considered. After his speech, he handed over the stage to NLR Deputy Technical Director, Nanda Lal Banstola for technical session.

Technical Sessions
NLR Deputy Technical Director, Nanda lal Banstola reviewed some decisions that was made during previous review workshop among the municipalities that was held in Bhedetar, Dhankuta. He explained that after the previous workshop, some municipalities have replicated some good work such as ‘support on the spot’ that was started In the Belaka municipality which has been replicated in Kankain & Gaurigana municipalities. He highlighted the inclusive development program implementation process in nine municipalities including municipality level orientation, selection of municipalities as per need, interest & capacity, recruitment of Community Based Rehabilitation Facilitators (CBRFs), baseline information collection through census survey, drafting and finalization of annual program plan, program implementation and monitoring & evaluation. He briefly introduced the term development, inclusive development and disability inclusive development and how human development index plays vital role in in holistic development. He explained inclusive development as a twin tract approach and seven components (Inspire 2 care, Disability Management, Disability Inclusive Development, Leprosy control program, Leprosy prevention program, comprehensive WASH-live data modality, Organizational Strengthening) of inclusive development & outcome.

Session 2
Second session of the day was facilitated by Mr. Nandalal Banstola, Deputy Technical director of NLR Nepal. He provided outlines to each municipalities to discuss about progress on inclusive development program and challenges faced during the process in their respective municipalities with their other colleagues from same municipality. Followed by the discussion, Mayors from each municipality presented their progress and challenges and also ways applied to minimize the challenges.

Critical comment 
Rajendra Pokhrel, Mayor of Kankain Municipalities
Mr. Pokhrel highlighted the fact that even though many activities under inclusive development program is taking place in all municipalities, many of them are missed to be included in the presentations. He commented that only 30% of the presentations were about inclusive development related activities in presentations and 70 % were out of subject. He indicated the need to identify a focal person for this program for monitoring and evaluation purpose to avoid reports from missing for any of the activities being conducted. He stressed on the fact that since this interaction program is a learning forum, all of the municipalities can learn from each other.

Bhim Bdr. Deuba, Mayor of Gauriganga municipality
Mr. Deuba expressed that all the initiatives presented by each municipality was very positive. Some presentations were very ambitious sometimes, we have to check and balance if we have been able to implement whatever we have decided. General perception is that development refers to the physical development such as building roads, school, bridge but people tend to neglect the human development indicator as important indicator of development. If we can balance both, definitely our municipality will be a model municipalities. In this forum we have a chance to review our previous works and plan for the future. At present context, we do not have an integrated plan of action for way forward and now when our data from census survey is finalized, we have to develop smart plan of action with human development indicators on ward level and municipality level. We need to check whether our commitment as a leader is addressed in our planning and implementation. For this effort, we will also require technical support from NLR Nepal.
The participants in three different groups also reviewed the decisions made in previous workshop and map the progress made towards it and modify the decisions when necessary. The three groups were Group A (Lalghadi, Suklaphata, Gauriganga and Beldadi), Group B (Letang, Kanepokhari and Belaka), Group C (Kankain, Kachankawal and Yanwarak). These groups were supported by NNSWA and NLR Nepal staff members. The agenda for discussion within group A, B and C were Resource allocation and focal point, CBRF Management & Recording and Reporting, Roles and responsibilities of municipalities and other stakeholders respectively.

The two days’ workshop ended with commitments from each municipalities towards the effective implementation of Inclusive Development program and update each other about the best practices. The participants expressed that the interaction workshop with the key person of the municipalities where the inclusive development program has been carried out is very important to know and analyze the progress and learn from each other.