Nothing like a bit of uncertainty to focus the mind! Navadeep Jyoti Kendra’s funding has now ended, and until June 2011 the Positive Prevention Programme will be run by Sakriya Plus Nepal. The two Navadeep outreach educators have transferred across, but the three remaining staff are now without paid employment. The Board has agreed to keep funding an office, and after meeting with VSO, I’m going to continue to work with them to try and develop a funding strategy, and maybe to refocus the type of work they do, (funding permitting) with people who are HIV positive.
As you would expect, large international non-governmental organisations (INGO’s) such as USAid and Save The Children have strategic frameworks within which they operate, and all funding bids need to be written with this in mind. Funding availability too appears to be at a premium. It doesn’t help too that at a national level, because of the general chaos that is the current Nepali political situation, (no prime minister elected after nine abortive attempts, and as a consequence no national budgets having been set yet), district authorities cannot commit any new resources because they don’t know how much money they will have to spend! The mantra ‘it’s a good idea, but we can’t support it at the moment’ is becoming a familiar one…
I’ve also learned that the project co-ordinator of Sakriya Plus Nepal was unsuccessful at interview for the same role in the new Positive Prevention Programme. I’m not party to the decision making process, but on a personal note I’m going to miss working with Niranjan…as a guide to all things Nepali he has been excelllent. My language development and understanding of Nepali culture is in no small measure down to him, as is my understanding of the inner workings of SPN!
And so to next week… and a link to a song by Traffic:- “Who knows what tomorrow may bring” seems appropriate enough!