Ongoing Discussions: NEMAF and Martin Chautari have been jointly organizing monthly Madhesh Discussion Series on contemporary issues since 2018.
In the Past NEMAF had conducted a series of discussions and workshops:
Since the very beginning, NEMAF has been engaging with opinion makers, law makers, government officials and experts of different sectors to strengthen the civil society in Madhesh.
From 2008 to 2013, NEMAF had organized a series of workshops on constitutional issues like federalism, inclusion and electoral system in different district headquarters. Participants were selected inclusively from different professions, castes, genders and other ethnic backgrounds. Professor Lokraj Baral, C K Lal, Krishna Khanal, Krishna Hathechhu and Bhogendra Jha were some of the key speakers in those workshops.
In 2011, NEMAF had conducted trainings on conflict-sensitive journalism for journalists of Dhanusa, Mahottari and Siraha districts. Senior journalists Yubaraj Ghimire, Mohan Mainali and Chandra Kishore Jha were the main trainers.
From 2010 to 2018, NEMAF worked at the grass root level to strengthen the civil society and improve local governance. In this program, 20 different villages were selected from five districts (Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari and Sarlahi) of the Mithila belt. In each village, four Civil Pressure Groups (CPG)s were formed with each CPG having 15 members from different castes, ethnicities and genders. All CPG members were from the disadvantaged and marginalized groups and in hope of getting adequate support and service from different service providers, which were community schools, health posts and village development offices. Altogether, 1200 members were associated with these CPGs and around 90 service providers were selected.
In this course, NEMAF was working as a bridge between these service providers and service receivers. A series of trainings was provided to CPG members and government officials to inform them of their rights and responsibilities for better governance in schools, health posts and VDC offices. In this series of cross learning platform, service receivers and providers shared their experiences and made plans for the improvement of governance in these institutions at local level.
NEMAF has been conducting immersion courses on Madhesh related issues on annual basis. It is a short course of one week on contemporary issues related to the society, politics, economy, conflict and governance of Madhesh. The aim of this course is to educate the university graduates from different castes and ethnic groups about Madhesh and the Madheshi people.