PROMOTION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
A. Project Summary
1. Title of project : Promotion of Indigenous Peoples Rights in Constitution Making Process
2. Geographic Location : 61 Villages of 9 Districts.
(Taplejung: Change, Santhakra, Khamlung, Dhungesangu, Phakumba, Sanba, Hangdewa, Phurumbu, Pedang, and Phungling.), (Panthar: Onyam, Memeng, Yangnam, Panchami, Pheden, Nawamidanda, Chilingden, Mangjabung, Orubote, Limba), (Ilam: Gorkhe, Gajurmukhi, Barbote, Soyam, Namsaling, Dhuseni,Mangalbare,Ibhang), (Jhapa: Dharampur, Satashidham, Shivaganja, Goldhap, Prithvinagar and Anarmuni), (Morang: Kerabari, Pathari, Itahara, Bayarban, Letang and Urlabari), (Sunsari: Hansposa, Bharoul, and Panchkanya), (Dhankuta: Hattikharka, Tangkhuwa, Buddhimorang, Dhankuta, Dandabazzar, Rajarani, Mounabudhuk and Kurule Tenupa), (Terhthum: Sungnam, Dangapa, Okhre, Isibu, Jaljale, Thoklung, Sankranti and Tamphula) and (Sankhuwasabha: Nundhaki and Siddhapokhari).
3. Donor : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Specialized Agency of the UN, Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF)
4. Beneficiaries: Limbu Indigenous Peoples, eastern part of Nepal
5. Stakeholders: leaders of Political Parties, Constituent Assembly members, non-indigenous peoples and civil society
6. Total Amount of the Project: US $ 16000
7. Duration of the Project: One Year (July 7 2009 to 6 July 2009)
8. Objective : Establishment of Limbuwan autonomy under the federal democratic republic Nepal while restructuring of the state in the new constitution based on international instrument such as DRIP and ILO 169.,
9. Total Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 15780 persons (30% women).
10. Total Number of Indirect Beneficiaries: 520,000 persons
B. Gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.
Women will be involved from decision making level to implementation process of the project. The staffs, campaigners and participants of the project activities will be both male and female. The project mainly focuses on constitution making of Nepal. The participants both male and female will contribute significantly where they will give their input in relation to gender mainstreaming during making the final proposition of Limbuwan autonomy.
The project will include nine districts of eastern part of Nepal. Two campaigners from each district – one male and one female will be given intensive training for campaigning. The campaigners, after training, will be given responsibility to organize interaction program at community level in their respective districts and also initiate a dialogue among different ethnic groups on the issues of federalism, autonomy and indigenous peoples’ rights where females’ 50 percent participation ensured. All the activities especially the activity of leadership training for women of the project will enhance their capacity to play effective and influential role in decision making process in every sphere of their life.
C. Implementing process.
As Kirat Yakthung Chumlung (KYC) is Limbu indigenous peoples’ organization, a separate management structure will not be set up for this project. KYC’s central secretariat will be responsible for implementing the project with its chairperson and general secretary as main responsible persons. KYC’s central secretariat will be the project’s highest decision-making body. The KYC’s central secretariat will approve the operational procedures, roles and responsibilities and authority of individuals or team. For the appointment of project personnel, KYC central secretariat will form a staff selection team comprising equal number of male and female.
A project coordinator is appointed to manage the day to day running of the project under the KYC’s central secretariat. The project coordinator will be responsible for the overall execution of project activities and day to day management. A admin/finance officer will support the project coordinator. The project coordinator should have the skills of managing, implementing, monitoring, identifying experts, facilitating coordination among different organization and report writing of the project. Likewise, the admin/finance officer must have the skills of keeping account, preparing financial report, maintaining personnel files and administrative knowledge for supporting to the project coordinator.
D. Project Results
As a result of the project, Limbu indigenous peoples have developed their knowledge on autonomy while making the common understanding of Limbuwan autonomy. All section of societies Limbu indigenous peoples, non Limbus, political parties, constituent assembly members will be involved in the project activities which lead to strengthen the communal harmony in Limbuwan region. This also increases the mutual respect of each others culture and identity. Moreove, Limbu indigenous peoples will achieve their outstanding demands for establishing Limbuwan autonomy and other indigenous people’s rights through a new constitution. In the autonomy, they will have the rights: to use their language as an official language, to access and control over the land and resources and to preserve and promote their culture and identity. More importantly, they will have the meaningful participation in each and every decision making level in state autonomous government and central government.
E. Monitoring and Evaluation
The Kirat Yakthung Chumlung Chairperson will supervise and monitor project activities in close consultation with the project coordinator. A participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) plan will be developed in order to receive implementation report and other information from campaigners and district branch office of KYC. Kirat Yakthung Chumlung, central executive members will also be involved in monitoring while implementing the activities of the project. At the end of the project, an evaluation workshop will be organized with the participation of stakeholders.
F. Project Sustainability
The project’s benefits are likely to be sustained as Kirat Yakthung Chumlung is a Limbu indigenous peoples’ organization. The campaigners trained from the project will be involved as volunteers in their respective districts to continue the awareness program organised by Kirat Yakthung Chumlung mobilizing internal resources from Limbu community. Whereas KYC central committee will continue advocacy and lobbying receiving fund from National Foundation for the Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN), semi governmental organization of Nepal.
G. Major Activities
1. Capacity building activities
1.1. Developed a training package including contents of ILO 169 UNDRIP, CBD, CEDAW, Social Inclusion, Constitution making, Federalism and Autonomy with right to self determination.
1.2. Provide TOT and develop trainers.
1.3. Prepare capacity building plan and implement accordingly.
2. Awareness raising activities
2.1. Develop media plan
2.2. Publication poster and pamphlets and monthly publication of project activities
2.3. FM Radio program
2.4. Interaction and pressure groups form in 9 districts.
2.5. Mass meeting
3. Advocacy and lobbying activities
3.1. Prepare position paper of KYC on indigenous peoples rights to be included into new constitution.
3.2. Formation and meeting of caucus of constituent assembly members
3.3. Consultation workshop for final proposition of Limbuwan autonomy
3.4. Seminar with representative of civil society, political leaders and opinion makers at district level and at national level.
3.5. Formation of network of 7 indigenous peoples’ organization.
4. Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment
4.1 Organize training on leadership and legal literacy for gender mainstreaming and women empowerment.
4.2. Form Limbu women pressure groups to assert indigenous women rights into new constitution of Nepal .
4.3. Prepare and implement Limbu women’s advocacy plan.