Civil society seeks role in post-quake recovery

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 24, 2015-

Various civil society organisations have asked the government to create an enabling environment for them to engage in post-disaster initiatives.

Issuing a the Declaration on Development Effectiveness and Post-disaster Recovery following the National Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum organised on Wednesday, the civil society leaders also expressed concerns over reports that international aid flow is violating their mandates by minimising the roles of local organisations regarding supply and distribution of relief to the affected communities.

“We realise the need of consolidating the voice of civil society across Nepal for generating efforts to ensure the rights of the affected people and communities based on the principles of equity, justice and humanitarian accountability by complying with the international instruments on human rights and humanitarian law, and to contribute for extending support for Nepal’s reconstruction based on and as mandated by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), and Busan Outcome Document, policies being framed for sustainable development goals (SDGs), as well as LDCs Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA)” the declaration said.

The declaration has also urged the government as well as the international community to enhance collaboration and cooperation with the CSOs at national and local levels. The CSO Forum, which was held just a day before the donors’ conference on post-quake reconstruction, was aimed at preparing their common position on earthquake recovery, foreign aid and its mobilisation and role of development partners. The event was facilitated by the NGO Federation of Nepal and the Humanitarian Accountability Monitoring Initiative. During the programme, civil society leaders had also presented papers on various themes of post-quake recovery.

Meanwhile, handing over the declaration to National Planning Commission Chairman Gobinda Raj Pokhrel, NGO Federation of Nepal President Sharmila Karki said the civil society is firm in its commitment to support the state in the reconstruction process and wants the government to stay strong in its policy framework and international principle of development effectiveness while negotiating with the donors.

Published: 25-06-2015 08:21

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