ACORAB Nepal organized National level Policy Dialogue on effective implementation of Community Mediation Centre at Federal Structure. The discussion was done to mitigate the problem, challenges faced by community mediators with federal government to accelerate the efficiency of community mediation. The program was organized on 24th December, 2018 in Kathmandu.
Representative from National Resource Conflict Transformation Centre (NRCTC) Nepal, Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN), Under- secretary of Supreme Court, General Secretary of National Association of Rural Municipality in Nepal (NARMIN), Joint Secretary at Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, President of Community Mediators Society Nepal (CMS), representatives from The Asia Foundation, ACORAN Nepal, Community Information Network (CIN) and other Medias took part in the discussion.
The program was formally started by the welcome speech by President of ACORAB, Mr. Subas Khatiwada. Furthermore, he cleared about the objective of community radios is the easy access of information and the volunteer services to be done in radios from the different sector of the professions. He also made cleared about the broadcasting of mediation program through community radios has been the most effective means to reach the broad community and to share the information about the mediation centers and their services.
Likewise, Mr. Namit Wagle, Program Officer of The Asia Foundation shared the practices of community mediation in Nepali context for the last three years. He shared that Community Mediation has been the most affordable, less time consuming and inexpensive way of solving the conflicts with in the community. The services of the community people providing their services as social mobilizers and the community mediators has helped in reliability and the easily believing and made to share the problems. He also pointed that community mediation has been power dynamics and social empowerment against the conflict.
Similarly, Mr. Chup Bahadur Thapa, Executive Director at National Resource Conflict Transformation Centre (NRCTC) Nepal pointed the important role of local government for the effective implementation of the local level government; therefore local government should think about the allocation of budget for this purpose separately.
Whereas, Mr. Purushottam Nepal, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration committed to impend the policy draft promoting the community mediation from the government side. He also praised the work of community mediation to help in creating the social harmony. The judicial committee has been working to resolve the cases which are meant to be solved by their expertise but there may be some doubt in work procedure for with the work guidelines is to be made very soon. Due to the newly formed federal structure their might be problem in effective implementation but within some time and the settlement of the division of work to different sector will help in effective implementation. The provision of training and the capacity building of mediators will help in effective implementation.
Mr. Ashok Chettri, under- secretary of Supreme Court, pointed the lack of community mediators and the number available are not committed their full time for the mediation center has been delayed the effectiveness of mediation.
Ms. Shova Basnet, President of Community Mediators Society Nepal (CMS) shared that only the close coordination between the court, judicial committee and the community mediators will help in solving the disputes efficiently. The formed judicial committee at the local level has not provided with the enough power which has been creating the problem.
Mr. Banshalal Tamang, General Secretary of National Association of Rural Municipality in Nepal (NARMIN) shared that the local government has been serious in the budget allocation for organizing training and capacity building of mediators in upcoming future. He also shared the budget allocation should be done in all the 653 local levels for the effective implementation of conflict solution.
Ms. Preeti Thapa, Director at The Asia Foundation, only the effective implementation of the policy will help in the more and more dispute resolution. All the aspect plays their role from their side for the realization of the accountability of mediators and judicial committee.
In conclusion, Mr. Gobinda Devkota, General Secretary of ACORAB concluded the program by commitment that ACORAB will always promote such social issue to be broadcasted and disseminated through community radios.