Pokhara Research Center is a research based, non- partisan organization which focuses on socio-economic dimensions of domestic public policy research. The organization would use the international principle of individual choice and liberty translated into equal opportunity of enterprise, rule of law and the democratic principle of free expression as a tool to design its programs and initiatives. The functional domains of the center will be divided into three areas:
In the initial phase of the organization, it’s focus would be as follows:
Research on Pokhara’s local and the state’s economic policies and capacities, its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats which will help identify major economic issues affecting the electorate. Furthermore, research would also suggest reforms and best practises required to enhance the economy
Assist local and state policy makers and officials by providing them with the research conducted by the organization and supporting knowledge created for current and pressing issues in society
Assist state and local government in the policy making process by facilitating research assistants to local assembly and state legislature assembly to improve quality of lawmaking process as well as provide an inclusive approach to policy making
Develop various platforms of public domain data and associated research publications to disseminate information to the electorate
Monitor and Evaluate budget data of the local government to advocate civil society led transparency measures for government accountability.
Conduct international fellowship and exchange programs for young thinkers, intellectuals and learners who distinguish them as future leaders
Train young leaders, students, intellectuals, journalists and policy makers on different approach to the policy making process
Conduct workshops for targeted groups to discuss policy issues and come up with sound policy solution to the local problems
Conduct workshops and programs on topical issues with multiple stakeholders (local governments, intellectuals, experts etc.) to bridge the gap and uphold democratic principles
Develop short courses for young students on public policy with colleges and Universities to further interests of evidence-based policy making in future citizens.
Identify the major needs of the stakeholders and involve them in the policy making process
Develop and run a Political Economic blog on Pokhara’s local issues as well as state and national issues, to engage people beyond the ballot box
Initiate political and economic discussion with various stakeholders thereby promoting a healthy platform for civil discussion and discourse in Pokhara
Round table discussions on the policy drafts, plans, programs and budget of the Local Government to increase awareness and participation from the citizenry and civil society organizations. Assure citizen’s involvement to make government more accountable.
Develop short videos on related issues to effectively use the tools of communication for information dissemination
Engage citizens through social media by publishing blogs, articles, research findings and info graphs to create awareness and dialogue in society.