As a supplement to the Sustainable Development Goals, New Era World (N.E.W.) Model takes a pragmatic approach to ensuring human and ecological well-being by focusing on one unit (community) at a time, leveraging local specificities of the place, people, culture and religion for the most efficient and sustainable outcomes in addressing the thematic concerns of the SDGs.
The N.E.W. Model aims to create communities that are economically empowered, socially responsible and environmentally stable. With an understanding that we need to create and enhance receiving capacity of communities first, before making an investment, the N.E.W. Model establishes the level of receiving capacity of a community, then lines up priorities to ensure the SDGs are met simultaneously.
Site Selection and Participatory Research
A detailed profile will be created of each pilot community that will include demographic, socio-economic, geo-administrative, and environmental/ecological information on the current status and the future prospects of the area.
Willing, Influential and Fitting Candidates
Candidates from the target community will be selected to create one half of the workforce. This unit will be the inward-facing force of the intervention representing the values, uniqueness and sensitivities of the community. The other half of the workforce will be created by selecting educated young Nepalese from outside of the community, linking the inward and outward facing aspects of the intervention and allows the team to discuss non-conventional possibilities with the outside world.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Training and Development
This mixed team of Nepalese workforce will then be rigorously trained and exposed to the ideas and themes of the sustainable development goals and the intervention modality. This will be the phase of schooling of the workforce on principles, values, contents, skills, delivery and communication regarding the intervention and the greater vision.
Sketching the Theory of Change
Development practitioners have developed logic models and logical frameworks as strategies and tools to plan and evaluate social change programs. While these models well articulate the goals and resources of an initiative or organization, they give less focus to the complex social, economic, political and institutional processes that underlie social and societal change. Thus, while logic models and logframes have developed an Implementation Theory behind their work, they can lack an underlying Theory of Change. Funnell & P. Rogers (2011). This phase focuses on a participatory workout on the creation of a theory of change considering all the local specificities.
In Nepal, the children are still found working in hazardous conditions deprived of basic education and other opportunities to grow. People suffer with lack of nutrition in many parts of the country. Women are still regular victims of domestic violence and gender inequalities. The deepening energy crisis, trashing of the Himalayas, poisoning of river waters, deaths caused every year by normal diseases due to the lack of access to basic medications, kids walking for hours to and back from the nearest schools or the nearest water sources, child marriage, depleting water sources and dying of rivers, disappearing forests, conflict between human and wildlife all these third world problem are today’s issues, allowed to exist if not created or instigated by the 60 years long development engagement in Nepal.
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The biological richness and geographical and cultural diversity of Nepal provides ample ground for building community models which demonstrate how human living standards can reach an entirely new level, whilst sustainable protection of the environment and social cohesion is ensured.
We have chosen the village of Murma in the district of Mugu to be the first small scale pilot community for testing the New Era World Model approach. Murma is relatively untouched, 17th century reminiscence village in the lap of the Himalayas which is crippled by the dependency on WFP donated ration, vulnerable to the changing times and is on the verge of destroying one of the most pristine ecosystem for the temporary survival and opportunities.
Murma provides an optimum ground for testing the model as it is well represented by the most pressing issues or concerns of development and is lagging fairly behind in terms of most of the SDG concerns. Our first pilot project is not only about dealing with the existing development problems in the pilot community but about creating a complete prototype of the model. An approach that has been measured in all its minute activities, cause and effect of the intervention, challenges and strategies to overcome them, will further be helpful during the replication of the idea in other communities.
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Jamie Dougherty, Executive Director of The New Era World Model Fund, speaks at the United Nations at the ICV Global Youth Summit on September 15, 2017 during the UN General Assembly.
The New Era World Model enables groundwork that incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals, disseminates successful roadmaps, bolsters engagement and develops a community oriented human welfare practice that preserves the integrity of social service and dignity of the beneficiary communities and its members.
The 17 SDGs are interconnected; and, therefore, SDG3 could not be achieved without achieving SDG4, which cannot be achieved without achieving SDG1 and so on.
Based on this intricate nature of web of human welfare, the N.E.W. Model proposes a design that acts as a compound domino effect unit, or rather a complex Rube Goldberg effect unit. The intervention on each goal is designed in such a way that it is deliberated to positively impact most of the other goals and the reaction of secondary and subsequent impact is utilized to its maximum potential. This means maximum output with minimum input.
This is all planned together with the communities, taking into account that every community, tribe and ecological unit has its own unique sets of challenges and opportunities.
“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.”
– Ban Ki-moon
At the 2017 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), participants including States Members of the United Nations and States Members of specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, United Nations system, major groups and other stakeholders wore lanyards that were handwoven by 16 Nepalese women, empowered by the N.E.W. Model through the fiscal sponsorship of a philanthropist in the ICV community.
The women involved in the making of the 1,000 lanyards received training and a stipend which they used to support their family, namely for food and their children’s education. The HLPF lanyards were then assembled by a group of students from the United Nations International School (UNIS) Nepal Club who wholeheartedly volunteered almost three days of their time to complete the assembly.
The weaving together of the HLPF Lanyards, much like the weaving together of multiple stakeholders to create positive change, is an example of the great work being done by The New Era World Model.
Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we engage with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Jamie Dougherty, Executive Director, is a passionate humanitarian and advocate for sustainable development. With a strong sense of justice and a powerful will to make a difference, Jamie has evolved from the role of school teacher to change-maker, helping impoverished communities around the globe to upgrade the quality of education, drinking water supply, gender equality and nutrition. Jamie started by volunteering at the Home for Women, a safe heaven for sex traffic victims and rape victims in Thailand. She helped the home with counseling and empowerment programs like English class. Around the same time in Thailand, she involved 40 students from Ruamrudee International School who after raising enough funds, helped a local school in Northern Thailand install a drinking water supply system. Jamie has been teaching for the last 12 years with experiences from three different continents. She started the ‘Nepal Project’ at the United Nations International School, New York, which has been ongoing for 4 years now, involving over 120 students who created and raise funds for meal programs in primary schools in Nepal and visit the schools once a year. Recently, Jamie lead the ‘Lanyard Project,’ linking one of the most underprivileged groups of women from Nepal to the United Nations’ High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The participants of the HLPF wore the lanyards for their ‘Name Tags’ and the Women’s Initiative was commended at the Forum. Jamie’s interest in furthering the cause of sustainable development has taken her across the globe to places that present important case studies for understanding the process of change.
Bijen Shrestha, Programs Manager, began his professional journey over the last 10 years has been spent as a film-maker and web developer. Having worked with the development organizations in Nepal, Bijen now designs, creates, and manages creative multimedia contents to enhance communications and promotional campaigns for desirable topics such as animal welfare, poverty, tourism and the environment. During 2015, his documentary that portrayed the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal helped raise funds to support the cause from international audiences. As a business administration and media studies graduate, Bijen is able to integrate marketing and public relation skills for productive communications in his work. His love for travelling has enabled him to collect and share stories from different parts of Nepal through his individual projects. He wants to further his career in communications with the cause to support disadvantaged communities in different parts of Nepal.
Bikash Basnet, Chief Financial Officer, has more than 5 years of experience in financial management and strategic support in commercial banks and development sectors. He holds a double master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics. After completion of his MBA from the University of Agder in Norway, he returned to Nepal and joined us. Besides working with us, his personal interest involves stock trading.
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