Sustainability’ is a word I had been hearing since quite a while. But only through the ILDP course I did learn what sustainability truly means. I am now more aware of things I do and my surrounding, more informed about the consequences of my actions. I am more determined than ever to act more sustainably. Taking this course has been one of the best decisions of my life because I am a much different and better person now. I hope to put the knowledge I gained through this course to good use and implement it as much as I can. I will encourage others to do the same.
The experiences of the course given were beyond my expectation. It really helped me broaden my paradigm towards sustainability and leadership. This course has widened the scope of my thought. Along with the knowledge, meeting with the youth who believe in change and reform was very remarkable. For a student of BBA, and a social activist, this program have increased my thoughts to green sustainable business and social events with powerful impacts. I would like to thank The Gen Nep for involving youth like us and connecting us to unseen and neglected global issues for which we are responsible of.
The Gen Nep- Impact Leadership Development Program (ILDP) is a home grown youth engagement platform that aims to create thousands of champions and leaders of sustainable development in Nepal.
The industrial revolution and its aftermath saw an immense creation of material wealth across the world. This single minded quest saw discoveries, inventions and innovations of unimaginable magnitude creating physical comforts like never before for a large part of the humanity. Yet, our disregard to the nature, and our failure to pay attention to the growing inequalities in the society ended up creating some humongous challenges. One of them - Climate Change - remaining unaddressed - poses a threat to the human existence itself. The other - growing economic inequalities- has come to become the biggest threat to lasting societal peace. Both are manifesting themselves ominously across the globe - Nepal is no exception.
A proactive effort to create positive IMPACT - social and environmental - must therefore remain as much an essential part of our pursuit of material success as economic wealth creation has traditionally been.
Impact Leadership Development Program attempts to create leaders who believe in a balanced approach towards economy, society and environment. It attempts to create entrepreneurs who are equally mindful of planet, people and profit. Together these young leaders and entrepreneurs from Nepal are expected to join millions of other budding champions of sustainable development across the world to make our earth a better place to live for current generation as well as those to come.
The Gen Nep creates leadership opportunities for volunteers by letting them envision, design, innovate sustainable solutions for the community. It helps the young leaders raise funds, build partnerships and mobilize human resources to implement their self-designed projects. It routinely runs innovation workshops that give rise to new projects and social initiatives. GenNep volunteers turned leaders are already leading several significant social initiatives.
The course involves 5 classes of 2 hours each. The classes are highly interactive, and use audio-visuals tools, and demonstration techniques for making the students understand the messages better. Online reading materials are suggested all through the course for better understanding of the classroom content.
Do Well. Do Good.
The Gen Nep ILDP encourages the youth to ‘DO WELL’ in their studies and careers, and ‘DO GOOD’ to the society.
Join ILDP today. Begin on a fulfilling journey of self-development while helping your community and nation.
Founder and CEO – Himalayan Climate Initiative
Prashant is a sustainable development activist and a social entrepreneur. Born and brought up in the southern plains (Tarai) of Nepal, Prashant has been living in Kathmandu since 1996. After founding Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) in 2011, Prashant has been serving as its CEO full-time without taking any remuneration from the organization. HCI, under Prashant’s leadership developed 12 entrepreneurial and charitable initiatives. Each of these initiatives are led by a young leader. Prashant, currently, spends most of his time mentoring the young leaders effectively deal with their leadership challenges.
His Past Works:
Prashant has been a Director with WWF- the global conservation organization- for ten years (2000-2010). He was a relentless marketer and campaigner for WWF. He led the extraordinary success of WWF’s Climate For Life Campaign. Getting the Banner “STOP CLIMATE CHANGE - LET THE HIMLAYAS LIVE” hoisted at Mt. Everest by the world record holder mountaineer Apa Sherpa attracted global media attention to the plight of the Himalayas. Working closely with the office of the then Prime Minister of Nepal he had the world leaders Barak Obama, Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy and Ban Ki-moon presented with rock pieces from the top of Mount Everest- symbolic of the melting Himalayas.
Prashant led a ten-city European Expedition on the eve of COP15 summit at Copenhagen along with famous mountaineers, meeting on the trail President of Austria, Chief of Protocol of President Sarkozy of France, speaking at the European Parliament and leading the Nepali contingent at several climate change protests in European cities. He managed the successful participation of 62-member delegation of Government of Nepal at Copenhagen. His efforts were duly recognized by the then Prime Minister of Nepal and WWF’s global Director General through citation to this effect. The efforts were covered by media world wide at a scale unprecedented in Nepal’s history for any one campaign.
Prashant served as one of the founding Directors of Nepal Tourism Board, and helped set up the organization literally from scratch. Prashant worked with several private sector organizations in Nepal and India in the early part of his career in leadership positions.
His academics and interests
Prashant is a Chartered Accountant by education. He has been trained through Executive Education at some of the world’s best universities in different disciplines. He was trained in ‘leadership’ at John F Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University, USA, and in ‘scenario planning’ at Said Business School, Oxford University, UK. He studied ‘Program Development’ at Asian Institute of Management, the Philippines, and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
Prashant remains an avid learner- particularly the field of developmental economics, history and religion. He has written columns for local newspapers, and occasionally writes blogs.
Head of Programs: Himalayan Climate Initiative
Brought up in Beni- a small town west of Pokhara- Shilshila pursued her higher studies at Kathmandu and Norway. She opted to study environmental science during her undergraduate studies despite being offered a scholarship to study medicine- a highly coveted profession in Nepal. Today, looking back, she realizes that this decision might have been a sign of her first assertion to be in control of her life.
A chance meeting with an elderly stranger at Amsterdem who having heard Shilshila’s life story said, ‘Your life is blessed Shishila. Now it’s time for you to share this blessing to many others who are not as fortunate as you’, changed her life. Despite being a casual conversation, it stuck with her as if she found the very purpose of her life at such a young age.
On her return to Nepal, she began to volunteer with other youth on different social actions. She made many friends who were concerned with the poor state of Nepal. Within months of such random volunteering, she got an opportunity to create an initiative that would help rehabilitate trafficked girls, and prevent trafficking by creating respectable jobs for the disadvantaged young women.
Shilshila, having found something she so much wanted, worked hard to co-found and run ‘Hamri Bahini – The Green Angels’, a Social Enterprise that has already created hundreds of respectable jobs for disadvantaged women since its inception in 2013. Having studied environment, and being a strong believer in the tenets of Sustainable Development, most of the jobs her enterprise creates for the women in Nepal are Green Jobs- jobs that help our environment. As a Convener of the campaign ‘No Thanks I Carry My Own Bag’, she played a leadership role in getting plastic bags banned in Kathmandu from 14th April, 2015.
She believes in devoting her time, knowledge and skills to convert her passion, as well as that of other youth around her, into effective and concerted action to create social impact. As the Head of Programs at HCI, she guides and helps other young leaders to incubate and sustain social-entrepreneurial initiatives that are geared towards building inclusion and resilience in Nepali society and economy.
Program Lead: Hamri Bahini Advocacy Program
A child experiences primarily schooling from their family who balances them in a disciplined path, guides them to lead a fearless, respectful and successful life. Bivishika Bhandari, 25 is fearless, funky and above all a fighter.
Aspired to become a kick-boxer in her toddler days, Bivishika’s dream somewhat scattered when she was not allowed to involve in trainings and practice for the same. Well, that incident compelled her to question herself if she had to live her life under some restrictions/boundaries.
Many of these situations came across her, leading her young life to study Gender and Women Studies in Holice University. Years of in-depth structural studies in Gender and Women Studies educated Bhandari about real issues women are facing in today’s time.
After completing her studies, she joined Hamri Bahini as an intern researching and struggling to know the lives of didi bahini personally and the transformation in them after being associated with Hamri Bahini. She started the weekly leading voices in Hamri Bahini inviting inspirational leading women from various spectrums.
Her tremendous efforts advocating for women especially Didi Bahini working at Hamri Bahini, soon made her the leader of the advocacy program Main Hoon Hamri Bahini.
The journey from an intern to a leader was not stress-free at all. ‘The Vagina Monologues’-a successful fund raising event of Main Hoon Hamri Bahini was collectively led by Bivishika and her team. Bivishika says, “We recited monologues talking about women’s organs, vaginas, the menstrual cycle and many others because we should really develop the habit of talking about it in the peer groups. Slowly, we should develop this culture in Nepal and all over.”
The success of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and the positive response fueled her with even more Vigor, Stamina and Desires. A desire to hear women speaking for their own, to see women earning their own bread.
In order to promote the products made locally in Nepal by our own Didi and Bahini and also create the doors of opportunities for women, Bivishika again came up with the concept of a green store ‘Hamri Bahini Ko Pasal’. The concept didn’t take much to turn into a reality. After few months of hardship and team work, she managed to start it all off.
The spirit of raising voices against all the odds occupied Bivishika when she had to fight for all Nepalese women against the women unfriendly constitution. Bivishika along with numerous other volunteers participated and organized several rallies demanding equal gender rights.
Bivishika Bhandari is the image of the women of today’s generation. Young and Funky – as she is, her approaches are the same.