Voices from Nepal
Pradip Pariyar currently works as President of Association of Youth organization Nepal (AYON) and as founder chairperson of Nepal Youth Forum. He has been working in the field of youth media and the last 12 years. In his professionals career, he works with various media organization and key media actors, bringing them together from across diving lines, providing various capacity building trainings on media and peace building. He facilitates the convening of the drivers of media and architects of peace process to develop communication strategies for Peace Building. He also had opportunity to be trained and subsequently works and co-facilitates with Francis Rolt, co-author of Radio for Peace building Africa and Youth Radio for Peace Building. A facilitator of youth leadership trainings and workshops, he is involved in a variety of research projects about conflict, youth and media. He presents paper in workshops and seminars for UN Agencies, World Bank, IMF, and many other organizations. He manages many of the youth, media and peace building projects in international nongovernmental organization (INGO) as well as in youth organizations and runs youth, media and peace building trainings in Nepal and Timore Leste.
As the President of Youth Initiative, Anita Thapa works on the issues of human rights, democratization, governance, peace building and civic leadership which focus on action based civics. She brings an extensive background in developing community, youth and education programs. She has many years of experience
in designing and running civic related programs and campaigns for young people in Nepal and in South and South East Asia. In 2011, she was awarded Community Solutions Program Fellowship by U.S Department of State. During her four months fellowship, she worked with non -profit organization called Civic Education Project based in Boston, Massachusetts which trains and educates students and youth to resolve conflicts and address a wide range of issues inside and outside school together with teachers, administrators and community members using a collaborative circle process for peace building. Her recent work in Nepal is focusing on building Civic Schools that encourages adolescent girls to take active roles in leadership and civics.
Anita received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2007 from Pokhara University and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Women Studies from Tribhuwan University. She also studied Conflict Resolution and Tolerance through the International Research and Exchange Board, USA.
Rajendra Mulmi currently works as a Director of Programs at Search for Common Ground, an international conflict transformation and peacebuilding organization. A Chevening scholar, Rajendra holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. He has founded and served in the leadership role of two national youth organizations in Nepal, Youth Initiative and the Association of Youth Organisations Nepal (AYON). He has also served in the leadership position of regional and international youth networks like the Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia (YLDA) and International Young Professional Foundation (IYPF). He has participated and presented in a number of international youth conferences including the Youth Employment Summit in Alexandria, UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, World Bank Youth Forum in Sarajevo and CIDA Youth Forum in Ottawa. Rajendra has his passion for working with youth and has been an advocate for youth issues both in Nepal and globally.