An annual review of the Integrity in Post-Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (IPERR) program was held by Transparency International (TI) Nepal in Kathmandu on 28-29 July 2018. TI Nepal is implementing the IPERR program with the support of European Union since 2016 in the 14 most affected districts of Nepal.
The annual review evaluated IPERR activities conducted during 2017-2018 and discussed needed adjustments in the upcoming plans. TI Nepal President Shree Hari Aryal, Secretary General Padmini Pradhananga along with Kathmandu Secretariat staff and District Officers took part in the review. The portfolio holders highlighted the need to work collectively to redress the plight of the earthquake victims.
Key note speaker senior journalist Rama Krishna Regmee highlighted challenges in the national integrity context and narrated relations of earthquake related problems to prevailing governance issues. TI Nepal District Officers presented progress made in district-level IPERR activities, and related achievements, learning and challenges. Progress made in reconstruction activities initiated by GoN were also shared. It was noted that frequent changes in government, coordination problems and elections had delayed reconstruction efforts during the year.
Discussions also focused on the IPERR plan for 2018-2019 and on how to effectively implement the activities listed for the 14 districts. The review ended by focusing on the need to speed up IPERR program implementation, address district-level challenges and aim for better outcomes.