Symposium on Development Communications Research organized by D3N Network
KATHMANDU: A virtual symposium on development communications research in Nepal took place on 2nd May 2021. The symposium, organized by the Doing Development Differently – Nepal (D3N) Network, discussed some of the recent studies conducted on broad themes of development communications.
The event was chaired by Rajesh Ghimire, seasoned development communications and media professional, who congratulated the researchers for their contribution to the development communications research field.
Three researchers presented their studies at the event. Saurav Thapa Shrestha, a graphic designer by profession, shared the 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, presented 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 his study, ‘Problems of Women Photojournalists in Nepal’.
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 issues in Nepal ranging from people in the margins, lives of researchers, evidence to policy uptake, and 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.