NRA guideline on mobilisation of NGOs in offing

Kathmandu, April 11

Even though the steering committee of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has endorsed a guideline on Mobilisation of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to execute various post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation works, it will take a few more days for the guideline to be implemented.

This is because the meeting of the steering committee held yesterday under the chair of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has instructed the NRA Secretariat to implement the guideline upon making necessary amendments, NRA Spokesperson Ram Prasad Thapaliya told The Himalayan Times.

“We have already amended the guideline. But the members of the steering committee are yet to put their initials on it. Once that is done, we will immediately implement it,” Thapaliya said.

Once the guideline is implemented, NGOs and International NGOs (INGOs) will have to conduct all post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation works through the NRA. “We will let them perform necessary works upon signing tripartite agreements between the NRA, concerned agency that is funding the project and the implementing agency,” Thapaliya said.

The NRA, in February, had barred NGOs from executing fresh works related to reconstruction and rehabilitation after ‘some INGOs were found to be working to serve their vested interest, posing a threat to social harmony’.

To prevent conflicts from arising, the NRA had then started framing a guideline to align programmes of various INGOs and NGOs with the Reconstruction Policy and ensure resources are mobilised in an equitable manner in quake-hit areas.

“The guideline will help us keep tabs on works of INGOs and NGOs,” Thapaliya said.

Earlier, the NRA had no idea on projects and programmes being rolled out by INGOs and NGOs, making it difficult to determine fund and other requirements of various sectors.