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New CFFN Site

New CFFN Site Website

Recently, CFFN has launched a new website. This site is designed to be much easier to  find new updates, articles and other content and be easier to search for older archived material. The Radio initiative has been fully integrated into this new site, making all new radio updates part of CFFN’s updates.

Visitors can also comment on and be part of discussions about articles and other topics.  If they so desire, it is possible to share our content with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+  directly from the article.

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4C Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Last fall Mike and I (Tineke) went back to Nepal and visited Drona Rasali and his uncle Om Prakash. We discussed the plan to start a daycare in their village of Humin, Palpa District.

Om and Arjun Rasali will be starting the ground work of finding a space for the daycare and looking for 2 teachers. We also hired Bel G.C. to help us with different tasks for CFFN. Bel G.C. came with us to visit Madi and discus the progress of the daycare building and help the farmers with growing vegetables in the dry season so that they can sell those in the villages nearby. This would help the village to become self sufficient. The building still needed a fair bit of work but they were hopeful to have it done before the monsoon season.

We identified a lack of early child care teaching opportunities and consequently when we returned to Pokhara we had meetings with Milan K.C. who owns a Montessori School to discuss setting up a Montessori Teacher Training Institute. Tineke has been working with Milan to develop the curriculum for the training. We also have had meetings back in Canada with officials to investigate how to have the Montessori Teaching Institute accredited internationally. The teaching program will start this summer in Pokhara. We will train the teachers, who we will hire for our 4 C program. Bel G.C. has been in contact with Madi village and Humin village community members. Milan K.C. is set to visit Madi and Humin in the next few weeks. Our plans are to visit Nepal again in the fall and continue with our projects. We will continue the updates as the work progresses.

Thank you all.

Book Project Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Book Project: Sustainable Livelihood System in Rural Nepal

One of the major objectives of CFFN is to facilitate research activities focusing on the economic development of Nepal.  The book is aimed for a wide audience including academia, practitioners, program planners and policy makers. The book will cover six key themes of sustainable livelihood system that include a mosaic of subsistence agriculture, natural resource management, off-farm income source, social equity and justice, health and hygiene and capacity building.

This book project aims to contribute towards the sustainable development of rural society, which is in line with the CFFN’s objective to help Nepal and Nepalese people for their social and economic development.

This book will have certain unique traits that will differentiate it from the many text books and reference books being produced in Nepal in this topic. First, the book chapters will be contributed by distinguished expert researchers, and professionals in the respective fields of their expertise in the development of rural Nepal. The book chapters will translate their scientific knowledge, skills and experiences to social science for the sustainable livelihood systems in rural areas. Secondly, the book will add value by contributing an international perspective and comparative analysis. Further, it will address different aspects of livelihood of rural population in Nepal from the sustainability lenses.

Broad themes of the book chapters

  1. Sustainable Crop and Livestock Farming
  2. Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  3. Integrated Community Development
  4. Food Security and Socio-Economic Dimensions
  5. Off-Farm Activities and Income for Rural Livelihood

Members of the Editorial Board

  1. Prof. Ambika Adhikari, Chief Editor
  2. Dr. Kalidas Subedi
  3. Mr. Michael Cassey
  4. Dr. Drona Rasali
  5. Dr. Bharat Shrestha
  6. Dr. Bhim Adhikari
  7. Dr. Bishwa Regmi
  8. Dr. Krishna Hari Gautam
  9. Dr. Ishara Mahat
  10. Dr. Govinda Dahal
  1. Initial invitation to contribute a book chapter was sent to potential authors before the start of winter holiday season
  2. Three meetings of editorial board have been organized (Feb 12, March 22 and May 27, 2012) that refined the themes of the book, finalized the framework and guidelines to the authors
  3. Final framework of the book and guideline to the authors  have been provided to theme editors to send to the potential authors of respective theme
  4. Till now total 33 authors have expressed their willingness to contribute book chapters
  5. The editorial board is searching a potential publisher in coordination of the chief editor

Some points still under discussion

  1. How to publish an economic edition of the book – as the western publication will be too expensive to afford for users in the developing countries
  2. If CFFN need to publish itself, how to afford the cost of the publication

Any suggestions and questions are welcome. For further information please write to or visit

Thank you,

Ishara Mahat
Bharat Shrestha


Open University of Nepal Update – 2012 Annual General Meeting Report

Espousing an unquenchable thirst for education among the people has been one of the greatest inspiring developments in Nepal by the turn of the last century. Despite much progress made in basic education, the World Bank data indicate that the access to higher education in the country is still severely limited with the overall low gross enrolment rate. Especially alarming is the fact that the bottom two-fifth of the country’s population is recorded to share less than two percent gross enrolment rate. The expansion in higher education intake has taken place mainly in the private sector. This trend is likely to further widen the gap of educational access between those who can pay for higher education and those who cannot. Further, the quality of higher education in Nepal is inconsistent across the colleges. The public campuses often have fared worse than their private sector counterparts. This demands for a systemic arrangement for quality control and accreditation, and mechanisms to uplift the quality of publicly managed higher education. One of the approaches to enhancing the universal access, enrolment rate and quality in higher education is the open and distance education system, which can complement the campus-based conventional education. Open education is also necessary to remove the manifold barriers, and thus to help bring higher education particularly to the disadvantaged.

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2012 Annual General Meeting Brief Introduction

By-laws and direction of the organization to continue to focus on education and wellbeing.

Life cycle approach

  1. Community Child Care Centre – Education Initiative
  1. Madi Child Care Centre – Baglung
  1. Establishment of a community child care centre in Baglung through community initiative
  2. We helped for its educational content and teaching materials, teaching methods, teachers’ training, collaboration with District Education Office, Baglung – teachers’ salary, activities initiated for its sustainability
  3. Big thank you to Tineke Casey  and Michael Casey and you will hear in detail from them
  • Humin Child Care Centre – Palpa
    1. It is in the process of establishment
    2. We just completed one Charity Dinner Program to support this initiative
    3. Big Thanks to Robin Pudasaini, Tineke Casey, Michael Casey and CFFN board members, and all others who supported for this initiative
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    Event: CFFN Annual General Meeting 2012

    Saturday, June 9, 2012
    , 2:00PM – 6:00PM
    Ottawa Citizen Conference Centre
    1101 Baxter Rd, Ottawa, K2C 3M4, Canada [map]

    Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) invites you to its seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for June 9, 2012 from 2PM to 6PM (-0400 UTC) in Ottawa, Canada. All members and friends of CFFN are invited and encouraged to attend. For those unable to make the meeting in Ottawa, you may participate online via Skype.

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    CFFN Annual General Meeting: Invitation

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    6:30PM – 9:00PM, Ottawa Citizen Conference Centre

    Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) invites you to its sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2011 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

    CFFN has continued to expend a great deal of energy making contributions to Nepalese education programs. Most significantly, CFFN Executive Director Dr. Pramod Dhakal has brought the voice and passion of CFFN and NRNs to Nepal, where he has established the Open University of Nepal Initiative office at the Ministry of Education. While visiting Ottawa, he will present current developments in this program.

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    CFFN AGM – Invitation

    The Annual General Meeting of CFFN

    Saturday, May 08, 2010
    Doors Open: 2:00PM
    Program: 3:00PM – 8:30PM
    Doors Close: 9:00PM
    Ottawa Citizen Hall
    1101 Baxter Road
    Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 3M4, Canada
    Phone: 613-829-9100
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    It is with great pleasure that the Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) invites you to its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled on Saturday May 08, 2010 from 3:00 to 8:30 pm.

    CFFN has spent the better part of the last year undergoing many changes, including its organization, mandate, focus, and initiatives in which it is involved. With its new direction, CFFN is prepared to use the momentum it has created since its inception to spread the light of knowledge to the margins of society.

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    Invitation to Annual General Meeting of CFFN

    Saturday, May 26, 2007

    Doors Open: 2:00 PM
    Program: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Doors Close: 8:00PM
    Ottawa Citizen Hall
    1101 Baxter Road
    Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 3M4, Canada
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    You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Canada Forum for Nepal (CFFN). This event is to be held on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 3:00PM at Ottawa Citizen Hall, 1101 Baxter Road Ottawa Ontario K2C 3M4.

    CFFN has come a long way from its humble beginnings that began nearly a year and a half ago. Today CFFN is recognized by Nepal enthusiasts as a credible organization dedicated to the contemporary issues of Nepal. We hope that the series of activities carried out by CFFN during this period has given spirited friends like you opportunities to be part of its endeavors and to contribute in building a peaceful, democratic, just and prosperous Nepal.

    This event is open to those of you who carry interest in working on the contemporary issues of Nepal through CFFN. We recommend that you acquire or renew your membership. The membership fee is $25 for an individual and $35 for a family. Please send membership fees along with your name, address, phone number and email address. If you are sending fees through mail, make the cheque payable to Canada Forum for Nepal.

    Members who are unable to attend the AGM but are willing to serve on the executive board are encouraged to send their nomination in advance through email. Candidates and nominators must all send separate emails to Members can appoint another member to be a proxy for them to exercise their rights to vote at the AGM or file for candidacy. You can appoint your proxy either by sending an email to or by filling out and mailing the form below. You could also submit an agenda to the AGM by sending an email or via regular mail.

    At the time of this writing, we are focusing our energy on two fronts: 1) advancing intellectual debates on contemporary issues of Nepal, and 2) advancing education and community empowerment activities in rural Nepal. You are encouraged to send your ideas for building sustainable and self-reliant programs and activities in Nepal. Please send your inquiries to or by phone at+1-613-596-6692. For further updates, please visit our website

    Pramod Dhakal
    Executive Director
    Alys Muckart

    For more information, please contact
    Pramod Dhakal 613-596-6692
    Pradeep Sharma 613-729-1851