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Discussion on Financing for Development
NGO Federation of Nepal organized a discussion on Financing for Development (FfD) to deliberate various dimensions of development financing in Nepalese context and to set common position of CSOs on the same targeting the Third International Conference on Financing for Development which is going to be held in Ethiopian capital city Addis Ababa from 13 to 16 July 2015.
The programme which was held in Kathmandu on 8 July 2015 was chaired by NFN President Ms SharmilaKarki. Secretary General of NFN Mr Gopal Lamsal shed light to the objective of programme. While welcoming to the participants, he also briefly shared about the UN process regarding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the various Civil Society campaign on SDGs.
Executive Director of NFN Mr Daya Sagar Shrestha highlighted what is FfD, what is happening and why it is important. Also, he briefed about its linkage with SDGs which are going to be endorsed in September this year.
"The year of 2015 will be very important as SDGs are going to be unveiled that will lay impact to the whole world. The development conference will be very important because several issues such as accountability, financial resources mobilization, international cooperation and climate finance will be discussed" He said. He further stressed that Nepal should stand firm on debt commitment, transparent financing and just distribution of the resources.
Prof. Dr Keshav Khadka made presentation on "SDG, FfD and Addis Ababa outcome: a Civil Society Perspective." In his presentation, he said that problems such as national DATA manipulation and defective policy paradigms, lack of enthusiasm to seek alternatives of neo-Liberal LGP model, political instability and lack of commitment, lack of Common Minimum Programme and swinging development were creating hurdles in the development of the country. He further stressed that the country should seek mechanism to strengthen its own source instead of being dependent on foreign assistance. However, he also suggested the government to focus on increasing international financial and technical cooperation for development, promoting international trade as an engine for development, minimizing external debt and addressing systemic issues such as enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systemsin support of development. After his presentations, feedback was sought from the floor where participants put forward their opinion on the subject matter.
A common position was set by the CSOs present in the meeting regarding the priority areas of the country which was submitted to the Ministry of Finance.The memorandum comprises the suggestions to the government of Nepal regarding its stand on several aspects of Development Financing such as domestic and international private business and finance, international development cooperation, international trade, debt and debt sustainability, climate finance and addressing systemic issues.
In the programme about 35 representatives of major CSO networks, alliances and federations were present.
CSO Delegation Hands over Memorandum to NPC
A delegation of Civil Society Organizations led by NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) handed over a memorandum to the National Planning Commission of Nepal (NPC) regarding the issues Nepal has to raise during International Conference on Financing for Development which is going to be held in Ethiopian capital city Addis Ababa from 13 to 16 July 2015.
The delegation met with honorable member of NPC member Dr. Swarnim Wagle on 10 July 2015 and handed over him the memorandum on behalf civil society organizations.
Handing over the suggestion paper, NFN Executive Director Mr Daya Sagar Shrestha requested him to incorporate civil society's feedback while putting forward country's position in Addis Ababa conference.
In response, Dr Wagle said that he was seeking feedback on some typical issues that Nepal has to establish in international community instead of common issues. He further expressed commitment that he would take seriously the issues civil society has raised.
The delegation included NFN Treasurer Mr Krishna Gautam, NFN member Krishna Kumari Wailba, Director of NFN Mr. Daya Sagar Shrestha, Mr Manjeet Dhakal of Climate Action Network, Mr Kedar Khadka of GoGo Foundation and Mr Bigyan Sharma from NFN.

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