Symposium 1: Development Communications Research in Nepal

A symposium on development communications research in Nepal was held virtually on May 2, 2021. Organized by the Doing Development Differently – Nepal (D3N) Network, the symposium discussed on some of the recent studies conducted on broader themes of development communications.

Three researchers presented their studies at the event. Saurav Thapa Shrestha, a graphic designer by profession shared about findings of his study, ‘Knowledge and Attitude of Youth Speaking Nepal Bhasa Language: A Case Study of Bhaktapur Municipality’. Likewise, Sakshi Shrestha, an ICT professional, shared about her study, ‘Status of Women’s Access to Information and Communication Technology Facilities, and its Implications on Tourism Business in Nepal: A Comparative Study of Mustang region and Nagarkot’. Similarly, Saurav Ranabhat, a photojournalist and media professional presented about his study, ‘Problems of Women Photojournalists in Nepal’.

The event was chaired by Rajesh Ghimire, a seasoned development communications and media professional. Ghimire congratulated the researchers for their contribution to the development communications research field.

During the event, the D3N Network Coordinator Ram Tiwari highlighted that the network proactively seeks to break away from the conventional norms on how conferences/symposiums are organized. Tiwari added that further events will be organized on less discussed topics/issues in Nepal ranging from issues of people in the margins, lives of researchers, evidence to policy uptake, decolonizing development, among others. The moderator of the symposium, Sudeep Uprety, highlighted that there has not been much research/evidence generation in the development communications field, and these studies would be instrumental in taking the sector forward.

Video link of the event is available here: Symposium on Development Communications Research in Nepal – YouTube