Samriddhi Foundation will be conducting Liberty Discussion Series on March 31, 2017 at Gaia Restaurant and Coffee Shop, Thamel at 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The discussion is on ‘Local government serves local communities best in Nepal’s shattered landscape‘ by Neil Anthony Webster.
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‘Of all the ills that kill the poor, none is as lethal as bad government’.
The quote is from an article in The Economist 12/08/99 discussing the poor’s lack of access to clean drinking water, health services and similar in the developing world. Unfortunately it remains just as relevant today as 15 years ago and not least in Nepal in the light of the recent earthquake. Governance in a poor country faces many barriers such as paucity of resources, lack of technical capacity, poor information systems and not least inequalities rooted in the country’s social structures and practices. If compounded by the actions of donor agencies and the writings of a Kathmandu-centric media, the prognosis is not good.
As always, how we roll during the discussion is the same. It is a pre-requisite to read the articles to sit in the discussion. We will begin by hearing from everyone what is his/her favorite line/idea in the whole article. So please highlight your favorite lines as you go through the article.Then we will move on to talk about things you did not like/do not agree with and raise the points you would like to discuss.
As there is a larger pool of invitation going out, the maximum we can accommodate is 12 people. So a confirmation email from your side would help us with the arrangements. If your time allows and you are willing to come to the discussion, please simply write a one-liner and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or at 9843638830.
We look forward to a lively discussion as always.