KATHMANDU: “Aid, Technology and Development: The lessons from Nepal essentially is about rethinking development and it talks about the restoration of dharma in terms of correct ways of working and being efficient in designated area. The book has been published after a lot of blood and tears. We have worked on the book since 2007,” expressed Dipak Gyawali, Chairman of Interdisciplinary Analysts and one of the editors of Aid, Technology and Development: The lessons from Nepal.
He was speaking at the launch of South Asia/Nepal/ India edition of the book and 48th Pani Satsang on ‘Re-thinking Development’ at Annapurna Hotel, Durbar Marg on February 22. Eminent researchers Dr Prachanda Pradhan and Dr Amrit Bahadur Karki launched the book. The other editors of the book include Michael Thompson and Marco Verweij.
The book is divided into three parts — the first part talks about conceptual framework of development, the second part has in-depth case studies on topics such as climate and mountain friendly technology, electric vehicles, micro and small hydro, large hydro and failures in financial engineering, biogas, water supply and sanitation and community forestry. And the third part talks about beyond the age of aid.
A panel of senior journalists/editors — Keshab Poudel from Spotlight, Yubaraj Ghimire from Annapurna Post, Akhilesh Upadhyay from The Kathmandu Post, Prakash Rimal from The Himalayan Times, and Kunda Dixit from Nepali Times — gave reviews and commented on the book.
They agreed on the need of community involvement for development process to get success. Upadhyay expressed, “The book is enlightening and provocative. It should be put in Master’s course of Development Studies. It is also helpful for anyone willing to understand what went wrong in development process in last 50 years in Nepal.”
According to Rimal, the book sets a tone for critical thinking and all case studies are like an eye opener for anyone who reads the book.
In the discussion session the audience and editors put forth their questions to the authors — Bihari Krishna Shrestha, Ajoy Karki, Anil Pokhrel, Ashok Raj Pandey, among others present at the event. The authors talked about need of implementation of policies, good governance, making policy without discrimination, et cetera.