The first Neetishala was organized from 8th to 11th June, 2011 at Dhulikhel, Kavre with more than 20 participants, inclusive of journalists, bureaucrats and students. Neetishala was first of its kind in the country that aimed to promote dialogue and debate among mid-career professionals to facilitate ideals of free market and freer policies.
The session included discussions on topics such as Importance of Private Property Rights, Price control and labor issues and Poverty and Public Policy. These topics were showcased via entertaining case studies of fictional characters, role-playing games and informative lectures. Each session aimed to cover an essential discussion criterion which was well appreciated by the participants. Other tools included video-sharing and presentations.
Participants were given guest lectures by renowned names in the industry. Some of these named included: Sagar Prasai and Nirajan Sherstha of The Asia Foundation, Prem Khanal, Republica National Daily and Mahesh Banskota, Dean, Kathmandu University, who gave interesting talks on public policy and public policy advocacy in Nepal. Because the program was targeted to mid-career professionals, the interaction was intense and managed to answer a lot of the curiosities regarding policy hassles set by the participants.
The first ever Neetishala was deemed to be an enjoyable and largely successful program by both the attendees and the organizers. Set in the wonderful landscape away from the city, the residential program managed to help the attendees to leave with better knowledge of market reforms and why they are a necessity.