Identifying common priorities: a dialogue with multi-stakeholders working on land issues in Nepal
A recent meeting with key stakeholders and the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives (MOALMC) established new relationships with the government of Nepal to start a new Multi-Stakeholder Platform to promote people-centred land governance, with more governmental leadership.
A one-day multi-stakeholder dialogue on land was held on 31st May hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives (MOALMC). The overarching objective was to identify key land stakeholders and better understand their work and to see how we can all work together towards a common goal. Participants explored areas where collective engagements could improve the results of land rights interventions in land governance and its management, in the country. A total of 31 individuals from 16 IGOs, IOs, CSOs and Government line agencies, actively participated in this dialogue.
Executive level representatives from IGOs, IOs and CSOs such as FAO, UN-HABITAT, CARE, Habitat for Humanity Nepal, Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, ILO, Action Aid Nepal, World Bank and NES-Members were all present at this critical meeting.
Mr. Janak Raj Joshi, Joint Secretary from MOALMC delivered a short presentation emphasising the need for joint initiatives among land actors to commence on mega-projects on land, which is of high priority, in the latest Policies and Programs of the Government.
To continue the meeting, each of the 16 participating organizations introduced their organization, its current work and future priorities toward achieving sustainable land management and governance in Nepal. Almost all of the speakers expressed the need for one common platform that could provide sufficient space to discuss and interact to shape policy agendas and program plans at a central level.
The Secretary of MOALMC encouraged all the participants in the room to collaborate with one another, and is willing to play crucial a role in creating a conducive environment from the government's side.
"To make the Nepalese dream of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali' real, we need to engage more on dialogues and consultations so that we can collectively plan and act to achieve desired results faster and quicker."
All the stakeholders in the room recognized that they don’t quite necessarily know the complexity of the solutions of Nepal's land problems and the problems that could form in the future. But all the people present in that room, believe in the common 'Platform,' and believe that the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform will facilitate to crystallize the complex issues, which remained unresolved for years and can be finally dealt with at a higher level.
The meeting was a huge success and a milestone in bringing the key players and actors together and be one-step closer to solving land-related issues in the country.
But still, we have to be clear on how we will embark on a collective journey to reach our shared goal of "achieving secure land rights" for those who lack it.
This is the first step, and the journey continues to move forward together to advocate, promote and implement people-centered land agendas in Nepal. Stakeholders will share their position and their vision toward land-related issues that they have been working, which will allow them to see connections and determine their commonalities to act and work through this platform in the days to come.
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News is written by NES Nepal Facilitator, Dharm Joshi
Picture by Dharm Joshi