Contact Swiss Help Nepal
The idea of a platform project for the whole Swiss support to Nepal, I had as of around 2018. In November of the same year, I paid a visit to the Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu, and I first talked about it with the Swiss Ambassador to Nepal, Her Excellency Ms. Elisabeth von Capeller, who believed in the project and initially helped with the shaping of the initial idea.
After having worked on it for over two years, in brainstorming many versions, getting them designed and created, and after several experimental attempts, I believe Swiss Help Nepal has finally reached a good development level to potentially work well, while being open to constant improvement, and at the same time, becoming a potential and good interesting tool for anyone interested in Nepal and its population, and wanting to join the Swiss support to Nepal in a way or the other.
Going publicly online is the best step for Swiss Help Nepal, allowing the online audience to see how much is done by Switzerland in Nepal. It is to be mentioned that the project is in constant researching of Swiss NGOs and their whereabouts in Nepal, which is a long process, but as information are being shared between the Swiss NGOs and the team of Swiss Help Nepal, they will be added to the database and the mapping.
A long way to travel on, but worth every step! This is probably a good attempt to bring together in a platform many interested realities to reinforce the whole Swiss support in Nepal.
I hope that Swiss Help Nepal will intensify, continue and enrich further the interaction among the Swiss NGOs, the online audience and official Switzerland (represented by the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – SDC) with time. Swiss Help Nepal wants to be socially useful and constructive.
Swiss Help Nepal is a digital platform aiming to become a sort of digital hub for a more comprehensive and compacted view on the Swiss support in Nepal, especially in the field of development and cooperation, allowing anyone to join in and contribute to the already great effort of all Swiss NGOs operating in Nepal.
Swiss Help Nepal would like to create a good network among all those interested in Nepal, either for a reason or the other, enriching it by the various backgrounds and life paths of everyone. The digital platform is therefore open to all those desiring to exchange experiences, expertise, ideas, by offering any form of support, or by adding more knowledge and information, in order to extend the constructive contribution of the already existing Swiss support in Nepal.
The digital platform Swiss Help Nepal, would therefore like to offer another possibility to broaden even more the dialogue and concrete actions in support to Nepal, among the many Swiss target groups of interest: Swiss NGOs operating in Nepal, diplomatic Switzerland (represented by the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – SDC), and all Swiss citizens interested in Nepal, either for a specific interest or simply for tourism and curiosity.
Swiss Help Nepal, as it has been conceived in the present version, would like to offer a broad view on the Swiss support to Nepal, and the possibility to include and allow interactions among all various target groups in various ways, above all through its blog, open to all those interested in Nepal, so to leave a message or other.
The digital platform is designed in a way to answer as many questions as possible, through the various sections and the various elements, as well as being design to be very user-friendly and stylistically pleasant for the eyes. Of easy navigation, it allows to get many information, though, there is still much researching and contacting the Swiss NGOs operating in Nepal, as it is not yet precisely known how many of them are in Nepal and where. This is why the digital platform is in constant evolution with all the researching and contacting of the Swiss NGOs.
Swiss Help Nepal is indeed step by step reconstructing the constellation of the Swiss support in Nepal, and the Database is constantly updated, though the Nepal mapping cannot be too precise, considering that Nepal has not been completely digitally geolocated by Google and other similar companies.
To not leave all important details out, Swiss Help Nepal will also allow the possibility to download the FDFA EDA travel application, as well as provide (in the footer) the contacts of both the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal for Swiss citizens in when in Nepal, as well as the contacts of the Nepal Mission in Geneva for Visa Applications in order to go to Nepal.
Last, but not least, the Swiss Help Nepal Facebook page, will also be an important part of the whole project, allowing the platform to reach and present itself, the Swiss NGOs and the Swiss Embassy through this extra channel, other than the latter two respective Facebook pages.
Although the Swiss NGOs in Nepal and SDC/ the Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu are operating throughout the 17 SDGs, Swiss Help Nepal aims to achieve the 17th SDG
“The SDGs are to be achieved around the world, and by all UN member states, by 2030. This means that all states are called upon equally to play their part in finding shared solutions to the world’s urgent challenges. Switzerland is also required to implement the Goals on a national basis. In addition, incentives are to be created to encourage non-governmental actors to make an increasingly active contribution to sustainable development.”
“Goal 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors. Despite advances in certain areas, more needs to be done to accelerate progress. All stakeholders will have to refocus and intensify their efforts on areas where progress has been slow.”
Embassy of Switzerland
Lalitpur, Kathmandu (NP)
Geneva, MOFA Nepal
81 Rue de la Servette 1202, Geneva, Switzerland
© Swiss Help Nepal 2021. All rights reserved.
Contact Swiss Help Nepal