Association of Community Radio Broadcasters’ (ACORAB) Nepal has organized National Consultation on 'Indigenous People in Community Broadcasting on 24-25 May 2019 at Hile, Dhankuta, province number 1, Nepal. The consultation has concluded by promulgating 12 points Hile declaration.
Altogether 200 participants from selected community radio stations, executive board member of ACORAB, policy makers, representatives from development partners, and representatives of CSO networks related to indigenous people, local government representatives, academics and thematic experts on community media and indigenous people were participated in the program.
Different thematic session on indigenous movement and role of community radio, key note speeches, discussion and interaction were conducted during the consultation. Discussion and dialogues were focused on opportunity, challenges, issues and problem related to role of community radios for overall development of indigenous people and to pave the way for sustaining community radios and community radio movement for indigenous people in Nepal.
Honorable Sherdhan Rai, the chief minister of province number 1, Nepal was the chief guest of the program, during his speech, he made commitment for media friendly policies and allocation of budget for community radios. Mr. Subas Khatiwada, president of ACORAB chaired the opening session, Mr. Arjun Rai, vice president of the ACORAB welcomed to the invitees and Mr. Arjun Giri, senior vice president of ACORAB made vote of thanks. The formal program was facilitated by the general secretary of ACORAB, Mr. Govinda Devkota where Member of Parliament, representatives from municipalities and rural municipalities, journalists and think-tank were participated.
The Hile declaration has focused on strong policy and laws to be formed in federal, state and local level for protection and promotion of language, culture and tradition of indigenous people in Nepal.