It is our pleasure to publish the third issue of the CECI Nepal Newsletter. This issue presents a glimpse into our new and running projects, activities and major achievements.
CECI projects support livelihoods development, governance, social inclusion and capacity building of partner organizations and community-based organizations (CBOs). A consortium involving CECI recently began a new Skill Development Project (SDP) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Nepal government. The consortium is led by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the other members are Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCA) and Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI). The project provides technical assistance to the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The Program for Accountability in Nepal (PRAN), which promotes engagement for better governance and improved transparency and accountability in Nepal is on-going. This program raises awareness amongst local people about their rights and enhances the capacity of civil society and government actors to promote social accountability.
CECI mobilizes Canadian and Australian Volunteers to support development initiatives in Nepal. These Volunteers are placed in non-government organizations (NGOs), CBOs and Government agencies with an aim to support technical and managerial enhancement. The focus of the Volunteer Programs is livelihoods, business promotion, environment, education, health, gender equality and social inclusion and institutional development.
The pages that follow give glimpses of our work in various sectors and showcase our contributions to the development of rural populations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners in government, donors, civil society and other agencies for their continued support. We also look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions for improving this newsletter. Lastly, I would like to thank Ms. Mallika Bhattarai who has worked hard to bring out this newsletter.
Keshava Koirala, Country Representative