KATHMANDU, April 27: Daayitwa, a non-profit non-governmental organization, has launched an administrative scholarship program in 23 municipalities. The organization has officially proclaimed 23 Nepali Public Administration Fellows 2022, in a virtual event launched today. The 23 young people were placed in 23 local organizations across six provinces to help officials and elected officials formulate and implement local policies and programs.
The official public launch event was held in the presence of Laxman Aryal, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, who joined the event as the main guest, as well as special guests Radhika Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supplies, Gopi Khanal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, Dr. Pukar Malla, Founder and Chairman, Daayitwa, representatives from FHI 360 and local partner CSOs, as well as representatives of municipal partners.
Highlighting the importance of the scholarship program, Susit Dhakal, Executive Director of Daayitwa, said, “Effective implementation of programs like Daayitwa Nepal Public Administration Fellowship (DNPAF) at the local municipal level will bridge the gap between local youth and government, thereby fostering collaboration. opportunities to promote inclusive municipal governance, civic engagement, post-COVID economic recovery and evidence-based policymaking”.
The 23 fellows chosen from over 160 competitive applicants will receive research mentorship and complete a multi-module course on leadership offered by Dr Pukar Malla, on public administration offered by Purna Chandra Bhattarai (Former Secretary, Government of Nepal) and the Dr. Pramod KC (Phd. Public Administration) and on social research proposed by Prajol Joshi (research expert). The Daayitwa Nepal Public Administration Fellowship (DNPAF) 2022 is part of the “Civil Society Mutual Accountability Project” (supported by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID and implemented by FHI 360). The fellowship program will engage fellows in evidence-based policymaking and inclusive municipal governance through 4-month internships.