Nepal faces an acute leadership crisis. Frustrated with poverty, unemployment and governance issues, local communities nationwide are losing hope and becoming more dependent on external support. On the other hand, authorities in the public, private and social sectors have failed to collaborate in creating local and national capacity to address these flaring issues. Most unfortunately, the colossal innovation potential of youth, who comprise half the nation, remains largely untapped. In fact, 1500 of them leave Nepal each day for opportunities abroad, despite 5 of them dying each day due to harsh working conditions.
In the aftermath of the in April 2015 7.9-magnitude Nepal earthquake, which took more than 8800 lives and caused $6 billion of damage and losses, the aforementioned leadership challenges have surfaced more prominently. 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. At the same time, the tremendous youth response, marked by creativity, solidarity and agility, during the critical two months of rescue and relief after earthquake, has demonstrated that nurturing youth leadership can bring about positive transformation for a resilient and thriving Nepal.
Daayitwa (translated as ‘self-responsibility’ in English) envisions a thriving Nepal where all citizens embrace their responsibilities to collectively transform societal challenges into innovative opportunities. Towards this vision, Daayitwa is building a movement of young leaders who are guided by shared values of collaborating, innovating, and serving to create solutions to tackle systemic issues in Nepal. More specifically, Daayitwa has three goals:
Nepal faces an acute leadership crisis. Frustrated with poverty, unemployment and governance issues, local communities nationwide are losing hope and becoming more dependent on external support. On the other hand, authorities in the…