Transparency International- Nepal, under its IPERR program spearheaded numerous local level initiatives within 11 districts between the 4th and 10th of June 2017.
An interaction session with the business committee was held in Okhaldhunga consisting of CDO, the President of Chamber of Commerce, the NRA chief, media etc. This interaction mainly focused on ongoing challenges in reconstruction and the steps by government to resolve it. The similar kind of program was held in Ramechhap with the business committee, and an interaction program was also held in Manthali Sahid Smriti with 120 students informing and raising awareness on issues of transparency and accountability. In Sindhuli, an interaction session with students of the Sindhuli Bahumukhi Campus was held to aware them on issue of transparency and accountability. Informal meeting was held with NRA chief, the CDO, the Chief of Kamlamai Municipality to increase coordination with local bodies and request made to support the overall IPERR program. A public hearing program was held in the Bhimeshwor Municipality Dolakha, earthquake victims raised different queries related to housing grants, banking procedures, distribution of 2nd tranche etc. Many of the submitted queries were related to missing names in the beneficiary list and the categorization of damages. The queries were addressed by representatives from the concerned municipalities, the National Reconstruction Authority, Hello Sarkar and TIN officials. Likewise, in the Sindhupalchowk district, a meeting was held in schools focusing on ongoing reconstruction and challenges. and another with local NGOs to collaborate in regards to inspections and to monitor transparency and accountability in reconstruction.
In Makwanpur, TI-Nepal hosted a meeting that gathered earthquake victims, recently elected local bodies, the Chief of the ward, along with the representatives from National Reconstruction Authority to discuss the policy related to post earthquake reconstruction and the IPERR among the earthquake victims. This helped to discuss varying perspectives on the issue. In addition to this, an interaction session and meeting with social mobilizes and reporters were held in the district.
A volunteer orientation program in Rasuwa relating to the youth mobilization in IPERR took place alongside the Mobile ALAC within the Gosaikunda Ward Office. All together, 35 grievances were registered related to earthquake. These were then discussed with concerned authorities. The Mobile ALAC event also took place in Bidur Nagarpalika Nuwakot, where 41 grievances were registered by earthquake victims. Along with this, a meeting with 5 journalists was conducted in Nuwakot. TI-Nepal was able to discuss imperative topics relating to transparency and accountability in the reconstruction process with the journalists. In Dhading, meetings were held with the business committee; role of business committee in reconstruction, their commitment on transparency and accountability in quality supply of reconstruction materials were major outline of discussions. To understand the ongoing situation of school reconstruction and to lead the attention of concerned authorities in the right direction, four school meetings were held in Gorkha, the most affected district by earthquake. Following these meetings, TI-Nepal in association with a NGO and technician group, spent time observing the rehabilitation of two other schools. In addition to this, a meeting with journalists was held in Gorkha.
The programs in 11 districts outside Kathmandu valley were led by officers Dinanath Bhattarai, Babita Sharma and Binod Bhattarai with the assistance of 11 District Officers at TI Nepal IPERR offices. Overall, the events hosted in these districts helped TI-Nepal begin to fulfill the goal it had established with the IPERR program.