LWF Nepal organizes Partners’ Roundtable


Kathmandu, 15 Nov. 2017 – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal organized a Partners’ Roundtable on 7 and 8 November with the objectives of receiving supporting partners’ input to its program and function, thereby further enhancing the organization’s effectiveness. Dr Prabin Manandhar, Country Director, LWF Nepal, welcoming the participants said, “We strongly value partnership and thank all the supporting partners for their invaluable support.”

Dr Manandhar and thematic heads presented on current status of LWF Nepal after a brief presentation on the review of the minutes of the previous Roundtable held in 2014. Guest speaker Prof. Dr Mahesh Baskota made a presentation on ‘Political Development and State Restructuring: Development Challenges and Opportunities for the Civil Society.’ The presentation was much appreciated by the participants. 

Mr Allan Calma, Regional Program Coordinator, LWF-WS, Geneva, presenting on ‘LWF in Global Context’ said that most of the humanitarian workers spend more time in preparing reports rather than visiting the field. He said that LWF was spread thinly, and the localization discussion was not going away.

Supporting partners briefly updated on their internal plans and priorities and they iterated their willingness and commitment to support LWF Nepal. They also appreciated the work done by LWF Nepal. ‘The capacity to implement, accountability and creativity in addressing the issues of the poor and marginalized at large and the Dalits in particular is appreciable,’ said Rev. Dr Chandran Martin of ELCA.

In the afternoon, the participants visited Nepal Earthquake Response Project sites in Kavre district. Two groups visited two sites where they observed the permanent shelter constructed with support of DKH and handed over to the communities and the livelihood support extended to earthquake-affected families. Seeing is believing. The participants reaffirmed that they were happy with the earthquake response project work.

The next day there was a World Café on Resource Mobilization, Localization, and Policy Advocacy. Participants lauded the idea of having interaction on the important issues. There was good discussion on the three issues and the three teams concluded with five-point each recommendations. Dr Manandhar concluded the Roundtable appreciating the support of the partners and giving their valuable time and important suggestions to further improve LWF Nepal program.