Unfolding Futures: Nepalese Economy, Society and Politics

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Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
Friday, 5 October 2007, 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Saturday, 6 October 2007, 8:30AM – 5 PM
Sunday, 7 October 2007, 8:30AM – Noon
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Nepal is at the crossroad of continuity and change due to recent political upheavals. While there is a grass-root support and desire for change, forces of tradition and geopolitical realities have sometimes undermined its thrust. Although how the future will unfold is not completely clear, there are rays of hope on the horizon that the forces that are relentlessly working for change will prevail. Against this backdrop, the objective of this workshop is to discuss the lessons learned from the past colossal failures in making a strong nation and more importantly to chart new policies that will lead to a just, prosperous, democratic and dynamic society.

We invite researchers, scholars and thinkers to submit one-page project description leading to original contributions to one of the following four thematically organized sessions:

  1. Political Restructuring: Journey from Prithwi Narayan Shah to Prachanda
  2. Economic Paradigm: Switch from a state of gloom to a state of bloom
  3. Social Transformation: Forward looking agenda on issues of exclusion, ethnicity, languages, education, health, and gender
  4. Education: Ways to prepare the young for the future of the country

Topics that could fit with these themes include, but are not restricted to, models of governance and federalism; ethnic nationalism; inclusion and accountability; economic restructuring; issues on equity, growth, poverty, and prosperity; international trade policies; foreign aid and direct investment; human capital development; health issues; human rights; women education; resources management; sustainable energy technology; and infrastructure development.

Once the research topic is accepted, the final paper is due on 24 September 2007 so that discussants will have few days to prepare her/his comments.

Even if you don’t have a paper to submit, you could participate in the workshop as a session chair or a discussant or an observer. Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange to send you a registration form.

For further information on the workshop, contact one of the following individuals:

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