E-Outreach & Engagement: South Asian Workshop on New Media and Information Management Systems for Strategic Communication in Development

Course Date: December 12-13, 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal                          

Organised by
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India

in collaboration with

Guthi, Nepal 

Venue: Trade Tower, Thapathali, Kathmandu

This 2-day skills development workshop is intended for:

  • Those working full-time or part-time in development and social organisations.

  • Staff handling advocacy, awareness, activism or other outreach/engagement work.

  • Those with computer proficiency and keen to sharpen skills in new media and social media.

  • Interested freelance journalists may also apply, but this is not a media skills workshop.


Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs….These and other forms of new media are fast evolving. They have already become a major outreach and engagement tool for business, and the development sector cannot afford to ignore their potential. With rising levels of Internet use, especially on mobile devices, new media offers development and social organisations low-cost, effective ways of reaching out different segments of society.

  • But how to make sense of the dozens of platforms and hundreds of applications available?

  • Which ones offer the best outreach and engagement potential in the South Asian context?

  • What should be the key elements of a new media strategy for an organisation?

  • Where are the best practices, and which precautions are recommended?

Two leading organizations, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in India and Guthi in Nepal, are collaborating to offer a two-day workshop on how to leverage new media, the information systems and social media for advocacy and strategic communication.

This course is modelled on a South Asian course that was held in New Delhi in January 2013 but has been customised with content and resource persons for Nepal. 

Workshop Content:

The workshop module, to be delivered by leading researchers and practitioners of new media drawn from India and Nepal, will cover these topics:

  • Understanding the new media landscape: platforms, channels and tools, as well as key principles and dynamics that set them apart from all other medi

  • How best to leverage new media in communicating for social change in South Asian context

  • Integrating print, electronic, web and social media outreach strategies

  • Blogging: setting up and managing blogs, catalysing online discussions

  • Using social media strategically (with focus on Facebook and Twitter) and how to engage in social media conversations

  • Beyond words: online tools and platforms to generate and share images and graphics

  • How to share and manage videos online as part of wider advocacy campaigns

  • Customising content for mobile access and sharing

  • Measuring, monitoring and evaluating new media communication strategies: Understanding web statistics, Google data and other web analysis tools


The workshop will be conducted in English. Functional proficiency in English is expected.

Course Fee: 

NGOs: NRs. 4,500 per participant. 

Private individuals, Corporate, government and international organizations: NRs 8,500 per participant. 

Note: Limited number of full scholarships offered to representatives of legitimate development organizations

Eligibility & Application 

  • This short course is limited to 50 participants selected from open application process..

  • Applications are invited from Nepal nationals working full-time or part-time in development and/or social organisations and handling advocacy, awareness, activism and other outreach and engagement work.

  • Those working with Government and international development organisations handling documentation, communication, public relation and web outreach activities will also be considered.

  • Multiple applications from the same organisation are welcome, although they will compete among themselves.

  • Interested journalists may also apply. This is not a journalism workshop, but various aspects of strategic information documentation, outreach and communication covered in the workshop are useful for the journalists. 


Register Online

If you have difficulty submitting online, you may email your applications to:
Anil Sthapit , Email: mail@guthi.net or Pratap Maharjan, Email: nyg@guthi.net and Kiran Pandey, Email: <kiran@cseindia.org> with copy to <kirandwi@gmail.com> 

Those attending all sessions will be awarded a certificate.

For information contact

Mr. Anil Sthapit, Director, GUTHI
119, Purneshwor Marg
Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal  
Email: mail@guthi.net, Ph.: 4218386

Mr. Pratap Maharjan,  NYG
Email: nyg@guthi.net, , Ph.: 016200776

Ms. Kiran Pandey
Programme Director - Knowledge Portal & Information Management
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi - 62
Phone: +91 (011) 29955124/125 (Ext. 287)
Mob: 9968767698
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879
Email:  kirandwi@gmail.com, kiran@cseindia.org