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Series of round-table meetings, policy papers and books have been published for policy dialogue from the NCCR North-South Nepal Research Group. At some moment participants even use this issue for their dissertation thesis
Different workshops, radio and TV programs have been organized to interact with policy makers, researchers and stakeholders in different field and time.

These policy dialogues are implemented through our Partnership Action for Mitigating Syndromes (PAMS) Projects. Currently there are two PAMS projects running in Nepal:

PAMS COLARP: Consortium for Land Research and Policy Dialogue

COLARP is a loosely federated consortium engaged in research and policy advocacy in land. The founder members of this consortium are: Central Department of Geography- Tribhuwan University (CDG-TU), Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), Human and Natural Resources Studies Centre-Kathmandu University (HNRSC-KU), Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS), and South Asia Regional Coordination Office of Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research North-South (RCO SAs-NCCR N-S). Its secretariat office is located at RCO SAs NCCR N-S, Ekantakuna, Lalitpur.
COLARP aims:

  • To contribute to addressing land related issues by systematically engaging themselves in land research;
  • To bring together independently working individuals and organizations in land issues; and
  • To develop COLARP as an independent "policy think tank" on land issues.

Areas of intervention are:

  • Land related research;
  • Land related policy dialogues and discussion;
  • Land related policy reform

COLARP's ongoing PAMS Project: Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy and Practice on Land Issues

This PAMS intends to building on the achievements of the previous PAMS SAS-1 in minimizing the gap between research and policy to have strategic achievements on land issues. In doing so, it aims to: i) Help bridge the existing gap between research and policy making and between research and advocacy by disseminating ongoing research results into land policy formulation, ii) Facilitate to enhance linkage between policy and implementation in order to reflect voices and realities of poor farmers and landless communities into informed land policy reform; iii) Build on achievements and success stories of previous PAMS and; iv) Strengthen COLARP as a credible policy think tank institution engaged in land issues in Nepal.

This PAMS promotes social learning and consensus- building that would be helpful in designing better land policies in future. Activities under this will complement the NCCR research on land to understand and gain insights on land issues. This PAMS will bring the livelihood concerns of landless, poor, and marginal communities into policy formulation process. This is also the agenda of the present government and the proposed PAMS would play important role in enabling the public stakeholders to address major land related issues. COLARP emerged as an outcome of the work of Nepal Research Group on land issues, which is in line with NCCR focus of developing innovative approaches to deal with problems of sustainable development.

Until now COLARP has organized one round table discussion with High Level Land Reform Commission and two Radio Interaction programmes on land issues from PAMS activities.

PAMS Tourism: Community based tourism model on Machhapuchhre Model Trek route in Kaski District in Western Nepal (January to December 2009)

Post-conflict Nepal is in a fragile period of transformation. The country has immense potentials for economic prosperity and post-conflict peace building trough tourism due to its competitive comparative advantages.

This PAMS incorporated the elements of conflict sensitive Code Of Conducts (CoC) model in the alternative routes identified by TAAN Western Regional Chapter (WRC). In the process, workshops/ interactions programs will be organized for the formulations of CoCs. The project will support trekking related small-scale infrastructures development (Porters' shelters constructions, Trail Markings and campsites constructions) and capacity building activities that motivate and provide a platform for people to collaborate for the CoC formulation and implementation.

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