Activities

NPI’s work will be guided by its mission and objectives, which gives NPI a broad mandate.  NPI’s focus and priorities will vary from time to time based on the need and its capacity and will be defined in its 3-5 year strategic plans. 

Sectors or Themes:

The NRNA constitution provides the scope for NPI to work on and contribute to a wide range of public policy areas from economic, social, commerce, industry, foreign policy and diplomacy, good governance, environment, agriculture, tourism, bio-diversity to international and geopolitical issues that are necessary and relevant for the development of Nepal and Nepali people, including diaspora Nepali. Even though not explicitly mentioned in the NRNA constitution, the cluster of public policy area mentioned NRNA constitution implicitly include education, energy, health, migration, science-technology, trade, water resources and various other relevant areas and issues, which NPI will work on.

Activities:

·      Public policy research, analysis and recommendations about alternatives and options

·      Public policy impact assessment and recommendations about alternatives and options

·      Creation and promotion of on-line and off-line platforms for public policy learning, sharing, networking, debates and discourse

·      Publishing various materials and products in diverse media

·      Participation and representation at GoN forums and meetings at central or provincial level in Nepal or at Nepali Mission level abroad

·      Participation in and representation and international inter-governmental, non-governmental or multi-sectoral forums, conventions and meetings in Nepal and beyond

·      Participation in and representation and international inter-governmental, non-governmental or multi-sectoral forums, conventions and meetings in Nepal and beyond

·      Starting or engaging in public debates within the scope of its mandate

·      Task-specific or longitudinal partnership, joint work or contracted work with governmental, non-governmental or private institution in Nepal or globally

 

In the current context of the expected slower growth, slow recovery of exports, increase in lending rates, and slow growth of migrant workers going abroad as well as rise in expenditure on institutionalization of federal state structure there are many public policy challenges and opportunities NPI can engage with and contribute to. Following are the key areas of public policy work that NPI will focus on for the period 2019-21:

1. Analysis of labour migration related policies and programmes for migrant workers and use of remittance in the productive sector and creation of jobs for youth and women at the local level

2. Analysis of the Social Protection Act and Policy and options/recommendations on how it can reach to people who are in informal sector specifically women within the household who are in unpaid care work.

3. Mobilization of revenue and expenditure management at the provincial and local levels for the enhanced implementation of the provincial and local level plans.

4. International investment, trade and tourism policies and related trends and impacts.

5. Promote quality science based education, Research and development (R&D) for economic diversification and value addition in health, environment, agriculture and natural resources

6. SDG 2030 plan, policy coherence and impact monitoring, including indicators.

2018