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ICA-USA Attends Human Development Conference in Nepal

Wednesday, November 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tom Wray
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A large part of the staff of ICA-USA took part in the 8th Global Conference on Human Development in Kathmandu, Nepal from October 29 through November 2.

The event was centered on six major themes: Growing a New Sense of Leadership, Reshaping Education for the 21st Century, Promoting Participation and Accountability for Peace Building and Good Governance, Building Strategies for Comprehensive Development, Building a Viable Future for Planet Earth, and Resourcing Human Development. There was also a Virtual Conference that allowed those who were unable to attend in person to participate in all of the themes.

The U.S. staff members were the second largest contingent at the conference after the Nepalese. They were fully involved in the activities of the conference attending all the sessions and helping in the organization of the event itself. Participants came from around the world including Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Kenya and the United Kingdom.

Nina Winn, Program Coordinator for Resilient Communities with the Institute, was involved with the Building a Viable Future for Planet Earth theme at the conference. "The conference was especially unique in comparison to what you would expect of a typical conference, because of how participatory it is,” she said. "It's more than just going to hear speakers.” Attendees with experience and knowledge in the subjects were also able to contribute freely to the sharing of information and ideas.

ICA-Nepal also showcased much of the local culture and cuisine. "It was celebrated and shared,” Nina added. "It was a wonderful way to connect us to the country.”