Kathmandu, December 24, 2018: Search for Common Ground Nepal (SEARCH) organized a National Sharing Workshop on “Strengthening the Poor and Marginalized’s Access to Justice and Security in Nepal” at Hotel Malla, Kathmandu.
The event witnessed deliberations by representatives of SEARCH and other representatives from the multi-organization consortium regarding the design, implementation and impact of the project PAHUNCH as well as reflections of key stakeholders regarding different components of the project. PAHUNCH was a program developed for poor and marginalized community, especially women, in order to create an environment with improved security and access to justice. The event aimed to disseminate achievements and lessons learned by the SEARCH and access to justice. The event aimed to disseminate achievements and lessons learned by the SEARCH and partners during the course of implementation of PAHUNCH to concerned stakeholders, including policy makers.
The program commenced with opening remarks by Mr. Rajendra Mulmi, ASIA Regional Director of SEARCH, where he gave a general overview regarding the execution of the project. It proceeded with aa presentation by Mr. Mahendra Mahato, Senior Field Coordinator of SEARCH, where he highlighted the various interventions undertaken by PAHUNCH to achieve its overall goal of strengthening rule of law in Nepal. He outlined the programs and events conducted under five activity streams-raising public awareness, public-police partnership and accountability, improving service delivery of local police, improving service delivery of local courts and legal aid, and community mediation- administered through PAHUNCH. It portrayed the instrument role that such endeavors played t o create aa substantial impact among the target group.
Mr. Surendra Yadav, Chairperson, HUCODAN also stated that the project has been able to garner effective results in places where it has been administered.
Ms. Nirmala Adhikari Bhattarai, Joint Secretary-Ministry of Law and Justice, concurred with the expressions of other panelists regarding the success of the program. She added that considering the context of political transition, the impact of the program has been able to generate speaks volume of its meticulous design.