ACORAB Nepal with support of BBC Media Action, a 3 days long “Institutional Linkage Development Strategy Preparation Workshop for sustainability of community radios in changing legal and political situation” was held on 12-14 October 2017 in Hotel Raniban Arcade Lakeside Pokhara. Elected executive members of state no 4 and 5, central secretariat committee members and 5 community radio station managers of Pokhara valley have participated in the program.
The objectives of the program were to discuss about the jurisdictions of the local level government according to new constitution; discovered the new roles of the community radio in this changed scenario as well as to develop the strategy for institutional linkage with local government.
The Newly elected Mayor of Pokhara Lekhnath Metro Municipality Mr. Man Bahadur GC inaugurated the program. He acknowledged the radios roles and shown his interest to collaborate with the community radios for positive transformation of Pokhara and Periphery. Likewise, Mr. Nawa Raj Ojha, the newly elected president of Rupa village municipality also expressed his commitment to collaborate with community radios for development awareness. Mr. Dipendra Shrestha, the president of Federation of Nepalese Journalist Kaski, highlighted on the legal insecurity facing by the radios in Nepal. He further highlighted on the power of the radios for local development and people empowerment. Mr. Govinda Devkota, the general secretary of ACORAB highlighted on possible areas for collaboration to promote the good governance, transparency, inclusive development and democracy strengthening at local level. Mr. Subas Khatiwada the president of the ACORAB requested government authority to fulfill the legal gap by revising existing broadcasting acts, bylaws and policies based on new constitution. According to him Radio is one of the most trusted and relevant communication means to empower most marginalized, illiterate and poor communities. He urged that the presence of community radios in local areas have great potential to mainstreaming the development communication for the local government. Ms. Shanti Gurung the president of the state 4 shared her experiences how community radios have been contributing to empower the women and marginalized community. Likewise, Mr. KP Ghimire the president of state 5 also shared his experiences how the community radios have been helping community people to participate in development activities.
In the workshop, the role and responsibilities of the local, state and central level government given by new constitution 2072 were reviewed and possible roles of the community radio to collaborate for the local level development was envisioned