KATHMANDU, Feb 24: A group of philanthropists from eight different countries visited Nepal to explore best practices used by various government and non-government organizations at the central as well as local levels for social changes in the country.
Twenty-seven philanthropists from United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, China and Sweden of The Philanthropy Workshop, an international network of 450 philanthropists all over the world, visited Nepal from February 18 to 23.
During their stay, they held discussions with various political leaders, government officials, activists as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, community leaders and media persons and learned about Nepal's recent social, economic and political dynamics, said Marie Lousie Gourlay, program manager of the international network.
“Every year, our philanthropists travel to different countries to examine a range of strategic interventions by the government and other organizations to achieve social change. As part of the plan, our group arrived Nepal and explored challenges and opportunities faced by concerned bodies,” she added.
According to her, the group also visited Dolakha and Bhaktapur to learn about strategies used by community-level organizations and private sector for social change.
Philanthropist Fran Perrin of the Indigo Trust said that her stay in Nepal was fruitful as she got to see how a wide range of NGOs and social enterprises are working hard for social change in the country.
Likewise, philanthropist Cristina Cjungberg of The Case for Her said that it was her fifth visit to Nepal in the last two years. She said that she found the involvement of various organizations for the promotion of social enterprises very interesting in Nepal. “With the country getting political stability, I personally think donors should invest on start-ups in Nepal and develop entrepreneurship. That will only lead to sustainable development,” she added.