Restorative Dialogue Post-Circle for Mid-Career Political Leaders, September 2019

Restorative Dialogue – November 2018 and September 2019
The purpose of Restorative Dialogue is to create an opportunity and space where one’s perspective is heard and respected by others. Here the same holds true for others voices too. Unlike other conversations, Restorative Dialogue is a guided and structured conversation aiming to open up communication, develop understanding and agree on to explore the possible options to fix the rifts and misunderstandings. Thus, it has very important role in building resilient and supportive communities.
Keeping in mind the importance of Restorative Dialogue, Pro Public organized three days follow-up from 24th to 26th September 2019 in Pokhara, Kaski for Nepalese politicians. The Restorative Dialogue (began in November 2018 in Hetauda).
The broader vision and purpose of the Dialogue was to bring people in conflict/opposing view points together to listen in a way that creates mutual understanding and from there create actions that address the conflict/issues/challenges. In particular in this follow-up program the purpose was to evaluate the satisfaction of what has happened / actions plans since the Dialogue started in November 2018, and to reformulate the action plans which were developed if needed.
A mentoring of local facilitators was included before and after the follow-up with the participants in order to create sustainability and to strengthen local capacities so that it can be shared with their communities to contribute to peace and understanding. Both the mentoring and the follow-up program was facilitated by Ms. Jeyanthy Siva and Mr. Duke Duchscherer and supported by the mentees.
Total 26 mid-level political leaders from different parties (9 female and 17 male) from Saptari, Dhanusha, Sunsari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Makwanpur and Bara districts had attended the dialogue.
The training sessions were held in English and translated into Maithali/Nepali and vice versa.