Partnership Meeting concludes
Dibya Raj Poudel
Nepal Partnership Meeting, organized by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Kathmandu in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under the theme “thinking together, planning together and working together” ended by producing a draft agreement related to Partnership Framework to help implementing NRCS’s 7th development plan in order to strengthening resilience building activities in Nepal. As per the discussion, partners agreed to support NRCS specifically in the area of disaster preparedness, health services, gender and inclusion, accountability and cash transfer preparation.
Highlighting the outputs of the meeting, NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa said “We have drafted partnership framework during the meeting to enable trusted and culturally sensitive relations based on common goals, periodical reviews and principles of good partnership.”
The meeting was attended by the representatives from 18 different country's Red Cross Red Crescent Societies along with the representatives from Nepal Government, IFRC, ICRC, academia and the United Nations agencies totaling 71 people.
During the meeting Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa presented 7th Development Plan of NRCS along with overall structure of the Society. Likewise, Umesh Prasad Dhakal, Executive Director of NRCS, presented the overall report of the Earthquake Response Operation (ERO) in brief. Deputy Director IFRC Asia Pacific region Martin Faller, the Head of Partnership Department Piere Kremer and Mukesh Singh from Australian Red Cross among others facilitated the Meeting. The meeting was begun with presentation from Joint Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Suresh Adhikari and UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal Valerie Julliand, and followed by a panel discussion with the experts of different sectors to better understand Nepal’s current context and operational situation.
Umesh Prasad Dhakal stated, "The meeting has got critical analysis and reviews of existing humanitarian situation and operational challenges as well as opportunities in Nepal in the situation of federalization of the country. Partners have agreed to assist NRCS in implementation of tools like Organizational Capacity Assessment and Certification (OCAC), Disaster Response Capacity Enhancement (DRCE) and Safer Access Framework (SAF).”
Addressing the closing ceremony, NRCS Chairman Sanjeev Thapa remarked as, “We wish all partners to collaborate with us on delivering our strategic plans and priorities. We have explored the idea of shared leadership to improve efficiency, relevance and effectiveness.”