Daayitwa Summer Fellowship 2017
Daayitwa Fellowship 2017
Nepal has an immense potential for economic growth and development. One of the critical opportunity our generation faces is how we capitalize on these potentials and mitigate risks to contribute to individual, community, and national development. Our collective talent, energy, and passion can contribute tremendously in any sector we choose to release our entrepreneurial spirit. This was also demonstrated in the aftermath of the April 2015, 7.9 magnitude earthquake, which took more than 8,800 lives and caused $6 billion of damage and losses. The tremendous youth response, marked by creativity, solidarity, and agility, during the time after the earthquake, has demonstrated that nurturing youth leadership can bring about positive transformation for a resilient, thriving and prosperous Nepal. As Nepal moves towards state restructuring and economic prosperity needed to realize the aspirations of the new constitution, the urgency for a change in national mindset is now higher than ever – we need to move from dependency to collaboration and from desperation to innovation.
A highly nurturing entrepreneurship ecosystem is required for developing an enterprising mindset and effective enterprise development. For this to happen, a host of different actors and stakeholders have to work together in symbiotic and synergistic collaboration. The Daayitwa Summer Fellows 2017 will dissect and stitch together the challenges and opportunities in a range of dimensions of these issues. The common goal of the team is to promote leadership and innovation in governance for creating an enabling environment that promotes economic prosperity and inclusive growth by harnessing the values of collaboration, innovation, and service.
More specifically, fellows will work closely with a partnering government agency, at either national or local level, a member of parliament or a parliamentary committee. This way, fellows will collaborate, innovate and serve rising above the institutional, geographical, political and power-sharing boundaries to fulfill a common goal for national importance.
This year, Daayitwa will be partnering with relevant Nepal Government Ministries, Public Agencies, Parliamentary Committees and private sector stakeholders to work under three key thematic areas – Access to Finance (A2F), Growth and Value Chain.
Daayitwa Fellowship’s action focus is on three domains described below:
1. Research and Analytic Advisory Support
Daayitwa Fellows leverage their analytical and critical thinking abilities, international and national academic and professional training, creativity and adaptive leadership to work shoulder-to-shoulder with Members of Parliaments and various public agencies to solve their critical challenges within a defined scope of work. As technical policy advisors, the Fellows may undertake initiatives in one or more of the following domains of ‘Democratic Chain of Engagement’ domains.
2. Enhancement of Adaptive Leadership Capability and Critical Skills
- To equip Daayitwa Fellows with technical tools and contextual knowledge, the following capacity enhancement support will be provided: Introductory course on governance and legislation process of Nepal.
- The team of Fellows will partake a series of leadership exercise developed in collaboration with professors at Harvard Center for Public Service.
- The Fellows will receive technical and adaptive skills enhancement training for strengthening the team’s capacity to undertake analytical and operational work more effectively and efficiently:
- training on scientific methodologies for undertaking engagement activities
- effective communication and relationship building skills
- writing skills for reports, briefs, blog, peer-reviewed journals, wiki, and media outlets
3. Synergistic Collaboration
The Daayitwa Fellowship entails, a close collaboration, a relationship built on trust and solidarity, and apolitical embracement of shared – Daayitwa towards the constituencies and citizens of Nepal. As such, MPs, public bodies, and Daayitwa Fellows will synergistically embark on a journey of learning and adaptive leadership development critical for innovation in producing results.
Private sector partners Pledge for the Daayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship
The Daayitwa Endowment Fund was created in 2016 to promote youth engagement in strengthening governance system through evidence based policy making in Nepal. Various private sector partners, including Buddha Air, Himalayan Bank, Ma Movement, and Mercantile Communications have contributed to the fund.