2016 has been a year of recovery and promise for Nepal. We survived a crushing blockade and are still picking up the pieces from the devastating 2015 April earthquake. New Bills for industrial enterprise, labor reform and foreign investment are being tabled and considered. Load shedding is soon becoming a distant memory.
In all this, Samriddhi too had its fair share of highlights throughout 2016. We engaged in new ventures and interacted with newer audiences – whether it be young students interested in argumentation and debate or theatre-goers who found the medium of drama alluring. We organized several sessions of Econ-ity that saw economic political discussions culminate between policy makers, the civil society and the media. Econ-ity over the years has become one of our most recognized forums; our joy knew no bounds when we were awarded the Asia Liberty Award 2016 by Atlas Network this year for its work. It has made us devoted to working harder and better for all things liberty and freedom.
2016 has also been a year of tangible advocacy impact for us. A number of policy recommendations we worked for in the past years in energy, agriculture, education, public enterprises, and doing business reforms for industries and enterprises have been considered for implementation by authorities. Nepal is certainly moving towards better days and we are glad to be a part of these important changes.
This highlights report is a small snapshot then, of all that we did and achieved in the past year. It gives our esteemed reader a tiny window into The Freedom House to better understand what we work for. We planned and carried out dozen events, and programs advocating for better market-led reforms in the days gone by. But their success rested on our supporters’ continual encouragement. Samriddhi thus would like to thank all our supporters and partners who helped give weight to our efforts.
We look forward to better and bigger collaborations in 2017.
Please download the report here-