05.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Context analysis and Do No Harm Workshop organized for stakeholders

© UNESCO -Participants of the workshop

A three-day workshop on “Context analysis and Do No Harm” was organized for key stakeholders and the implementing partners of UNPFN/UNESCO project “Planning Effective Delivery of Education in a Future Federal State” jointly by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the UNDP from 2 to 4 June 2014 in Nagarkot.

The objectives of the workshop were to analyze the working environment of the project, to identify what kinds of impact the project can have on its context, and to analyze how negative impacts can be minimized and the positive impacts be maximized while implementing the project activities.

At the workshop, the participants were informed on how to explore various dynamics affecting a conflict situation and develop conflict sensitiveness using different tools to avoid exacerbating a conflict.

The workshop was facilitated by Prem Ojha, Conflict Sensitivity Specialist and Irshad Ahmad Ansari, Capacity Building Officer of the UNDP’s Conflict Prevention Programme. The entire workshop was organized in a participatory manner where the participants were briefed about using timeline, actor mapping and conflict tree as tools for documenting the dynamics of a particular context, conflict mapping to analyze stakeholders and their relationship, and understanding the causes and consequences of conflict in the particular issue. The participants were then divided into groups and asked to determine the timeline, identify actors and explore the conflict situation that might arise while implementing the project activities.

On the final day, the participants came up with suggestions that should be taken into consideration while implementing the project activities to maximize the impact of the project and reduce any conflict that could appear in the future.

Tap Raj Pant, National Programme Officer, at the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu made a brief presentation on the background, objective and the project activities. He also responded to different queries raised by the participants.

The workshop brought together around 35 participants including senior Ministry of Education officials, representative from the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, journalists from print and broadcast media, university professors, members of the education and federalism support group, members of the School Management Committees, and academia.

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