Nepalese and the international community are keenly interested to see the stabilizing effects of Nepal’s politico-economical transition by way of the Constitutional Assembly Election II, 2013 and its greater impact. For this, Action Works Nepal (AWON) has implemented a project entitled ``Media Monitoring on Constitutional Assembly Election II 2013, Nepal under UNDP CONFLICT PREVENTION PROGRAMME (UNDP/CPP)’’ in technical collaboration with OUTLINE Media, a Media partner of AWON.
The main objectives of this partnership is explore the political atmosphere for election from the bottom up: the mind set and accountability of the political parties/leaders, the perception and challenges at the grassroots level in favor of election, participation of poor, excluded and marginalized groups/community in the democratization process through mobilization of various means of media, and evidence based advocacy at national policy discourse for peace building at large.
There are several activities that have influenced Nepali politics. However the following three programs stand out with a greater impact on Nepali politics and the democratization process. They are:
1) fellowship program where a total of 13 national and popular media houses, via 19 experienced journalists (female 4 and male 15) reached out to 25 districts across all development regions
2) 8 interaction programs with 220 participants benefiting from engaging with media, political parties/leaders, and experts
3) 10 radio programs produced and broadcasted through 10 various local and national radio on national political and democratic concerns
The product of the fellowship, interaction, and radio programs were largely covered by various national newspapers and online media in Nepali and English so a greater audience could benefit. All three programs not only educated the stakeholders, but also helped to create accountability for drafting a constitution, and general downwards accountability.
This project was too short to redress the issues which were geared up by this program. However, it strengthens the democratization process, challenges the political parties and leaders, and extracts the issues. It needs intensive follow up, continuity of a similar type of dialogue, and interaction at different levels to boost morale of political parties/leaders, civilians, democratic systems, and institutions. Therefore, a long term project is required and hopefully UNDP will follow up on this recommendation.