Friends of Utah: Rewati Dhakal

In April of 2018, Mr. Rewati Dhakal took part in the Accountability and Transparency in State and Local Governments program which aims to encourage the development of more open and ethical public institutions. Mr. Dhakal states that his visit to Utah was “amazing and inspirational” and that his meetings with an “array of experts and champions” helped to enhance his knowledge and understanding of government transparency.

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Meeting with employees of the Salt Lake Tribune to discuss the
newspaper's investigation of Utah's former Attorney General.

Mr. Dhakal reports that his time in Utah gave him newfound motivation to continue advocating for accountability in government, and he has been busy applying the knowledge he has gained since returning to Nepal. For instance, the IVLP has helped Mr. Dhakal reform the structure of his nonprofit to be more dedicated to intervening on the provincial level on transparency and accountability issues. These changes are of particular importance as Nepal has recently changed its form of government from a centralized unitary system to federal system, giving local governments more power to shape laws and regulations. Mr. Dhakal has recently had the opportunity to work with the U.S. embassy in Nepal as a task committee member to implement a project on transparency and accountability.

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Meeting with Representative Dunnigan (R-Taylorsville) at the Utah State Capitol. 

Lastly, Mr. Dhakal has also worked to organize a one-day workshop between lawmakers and members of civil society with the goal of initiating a dialog among diverse groups to identify pressing issues at the federal, provincial, and local levels and explore ways in which transparency and accountability contributes toward governance. 

Accountability and Tranparency in State and Local Government April 2018 Seminar on strengthening accountability and transparency in Nepal Provided by Rewati DakhalSeminar Mr. Dhakal helped to organize focused on improving
governance and tranparancy in Nepal. 

Mr. Dhakal would like to thank UCCD for making his visit rewarding and encouraging him to do good works in his country. In return, UCCD thanks him for keeping us up-to-date on his most recent endeavor to improve accountability and transparency in his country and hope him the best in making Nepal a more open society.