SDIP Annual Dialogue in Kathmandu

Partners in SDIP met in Kathmandu last week for their Annual Dialogue Meeting, including ACIAR, CSIRO, ICeWARM, The Asia Foundation, ICIMOD and the World Bank SAWI program. This was a chance to share progress at the half way point of both Phase 2 and the program as a whole. It was interesting to look at the shared evidence of change until now, and consider additional work that could be done to push progress for impact.

The context in which SDIP operates was shared by different partners, including in terms of Australia’s foreign policy, the current political economy and the effects of climate change. One of the highlights was the presentation of the results of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Project (see here for more information) coordinated by ICIMOD. This assessment contains the current state of knowledge on social, economic and environmental research in the region, and it was clearly communicated how vulnerable the HKH region is to climate change, and the importance of considering the impacts of this on the downstream areas we work in in the EGP.

It was valuable to have many sessions dedicated to sharing information within small groups, both for specific partner’s work as well as cross-cutting themes across the portfolio. There were several interesting areas identified where partners could co-contribute, in terms of gender and inclusion approaches, and communicating for impact.

Dr Phillipus Wester from ICIMOD presenting the results of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Project, with pathways to future prosperity.

Dr Phillipus Wester from ICIMOD presenting the results of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Project, with pathways to future prosperity.

NewsTamara Jackson