ACORAB's national executive committee is constantly conducting lobby and advocacy in federal level for formulating the community radio policy. Likewise, its provincial committees are advocating in provincial level. After the new constitution of 2072, Nepal is practicing federal system, where federal, provincial and local government are formulating law, acts and policies in parallel way. In this situation, collective effort should be needed for community radio friendly policies to address the sustainability issues. The Government of Nepal has drafted the mass media bill and is under the review at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
In this Regards, Association of Community Radio Broadcasters’ (ACORAB), Nepal in partnership with UNESCO Kathmandu Office organized a two-day national workshop in Godavari, Lalitpur on 8 and 9 August for Strengthening Community Radio Policy Advocacy in Nepal. 35 community radio broadcasters from all seven provinces participated in the workshop. Hon. Member of National Planning Commission Mr. Min Bahadur Shahi put his remarks in the opening session. The sessions were facilitated by Mr. Mahendra Sankhi, Under Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Mr. Subas Khatiwada, Chairperson of ACORAB, Mr. Suman Basnet, Director, AMARC Asia Pacific and Raghu Mainali, Founder Chairperson of ACORAB.
Participants were presented their view about the community media related provision should be put in the new mass media act. ACORAB will compile, finalize and submit the recommendations to the government.