Integrity School – Nepal

Practicing Integrity Through Innovation, Value-Shifting and Trend-Setting

The Integrity School brings together the most deserving and passionate young government employees to support integrity through an accelerated program over the course of a year. The school aims to build future leaders who will be the building blocks of an accountability ecosystem in Nepal. The school will provide key opportunities for leadership development, learning and mentorship, hands on training, and powerful networking to amplify the impact of integrity on governance outcomes over time.

The key objectives of the school are:

  • To create a peer learning platform for young government officials to discuss integrity, the challenges to building accountability and practical examples of how to shift norms within bureaucratic systems;
  • To support the development and piloting of innovative ideas around integrity and institutional accountability among young government officials.
  • To prepare the next generation of honest government officials and thought leaders in public sector with the skills and networks they need to thrive over time.

The participants in the Integrity School will be supported throughout by the significant Integrity Idol network we have developed over the past 5 years which includes: 25 Integrity Idols, many of whom are now in senior positions within government, along with hundreds of “top 30” officials who are also supportive of this cause; high-level jury panel members including retired heads within civil service, journalists and senior civil society representatives who are widely respected for their integrity and other government officials, volunteers, interns, fellows, assigned mentors, and peers, all of whom have similar experiences in the field. Following the completion of the Integrity School, we can expect the participants to become role models for integrity, demonstrating confidence and leadership with humility to institutionalize integrity in their respective work environments.

Meet the scholars for 2020

Dipa Pangyani

A resident of Syangja, Dipa moved to Kathmandu to work in the Ministry of Land Management in Kalanki as a non-gazetted level two government official. Knowing that there are many challenges while working within Nepal’s government system, Dipa joined Integrity School to learn from her peer’s past experiences on how to overcome said challenges and to learn effective and innovative problem-solving methods.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is a practice that makes us work reliably, which in turn increases our confidence.

When I’m not at work: I am meeting my friends.

Phan Narayan Adhikari

As a non-gazetted level second at the Survey Department in Bhaktapur, Phan Narayan is very passionate about serving his nation. He puts pride in being a Nepali citizen and believes civil service is the only job for him. With a passion for knowledge, he believes that transformation is a must for our current government system and hopes to learn and share about the ethical, moral and discipline values in public service through Integrity School.

Integrity for me is: Integrity for me is having strong moral values and fulfilling your work responsibility honestly to ensure contentment in your service receivers.

When I’m not at work: I am studying.

Narbada Ghimire

A resident of Kathmandu, Narbada holds a dual masters’ degree in Economics and Public Policy. Initially having no clue about the nature of a governmental job, Narbada was influenced by her friends to join public service and presently, the importance of her work motivates her to continue working. Currently, she works as a section officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singhadurbar. She holds the value that working honestly and bringing minor changes at a time is the way towards making a larger difference. From Integrity School, she wants to further explore the concept of Integrity and how it can be implemented in the government system.

Integrity for me is: ‘What goes around, comes around.’ Therefore, Integrity for me is acting out honestly and to the best of my abilities to ensure good karma.

When I’m not at work: I am spending time with my 2-year-old baby

Shrijana Panthi

Shrijana, from a young age, was motivated by her family to join the government service. A resident of Argakhachi and currently working as a non-gazetted level second officer at the District Court in Rupandehi, she has a bright young mind to learn new things and implement them in her work. Her highest priority, currently, is to improve the efficiency of service delivery in government offices and she hopes to learn the required knowledge, skills, and ability to carry out achieve her goals from Integrity School.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is a combined quality of responsibility, accountability, truthfulness, and self-awareness, which when adhered leads to a successful and happy life.

When I’m not at work: I am studying.

Alok Kumar Mahato

Alok is always looking for new ways or innovations in public service delivery. Working as a non-gazetted class level first at the High Court in Janakpur, he wants to serve and provide justice to the Nepalese citizens. Understanding the high need for accountability in the sector he works in, Alok joined Integrity School to learn from experienced veterans on effective service delivery and maintaining personal Integrity.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is carrying out one’s responsibilities fairly and with impartiality.

When I’m not at work: I am reading or traveling.

Prabina Bhandari

Prabina joined public service as soon as she finished her high school for the personal development and pride government services hold. Currently positioned as a non-gazetted level one at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Office in Singhadurbar, Prabina has the right learning attitude and the drive to become one of the change-makers in Nepal’s government system. Her driving force is to help mitigate corruption, hold people with authority accountable and ensure neutrality in policy formulations. She joined Integrity School to learn about personal integrity, develop a positive attitude and network with like-minded people.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is fulfilling one’s responsibilities and duties with morality, despite outside influences or threats.

When I’m not at work: I am swimming, hiking, playing badminton, or cooking and watching movies.

Anish Dhodari

Ashish believes himself to be of the ‘problem-solving’ attitude rather than a ‘problem-finding’ attitude. Being so keen on the public health sector, he works as a non-gazetted level five at the Department of Drug Administration in Nepalgunj. The sense of responsibility that he can become a channel for effective service delivery to the public by representing the government of Nepal motivated him to join a governmental job. At the Integrity School, he aspires to learn from veteran governmental officials about their experiences in promoting Integrity and have a positive discussion on improving working cultures in government offices.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is the moral compass that questions our actions, whether or not it is justifiable before we act.

When I’m not at work: I am reading novels or online courses on public health

Sujan Regmi

Sujan was motivated to join public service because of the self-satisfaction he receives when he is serving the citizens as a representative of Nepal’s government. He is currently employed as a non-gazetted level five officer at the Malangwa Hospital in Sarlahi. Very committed to making a change in the current government system of Nepal, Sujan joined Integrity School to receive mentorship from his seniors and build a strong network of honest government officials.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is doing the right and just things without others telling you to do so and staying true to yourself.

When I’m not at work: I like to read or travel

Saujan Katwal

Saujan works at the non-gazetted level(assistant level) in the Arjun Dhara Municipality office in Jhapa. The job security, satisfaction and the ability to help people motivated him to start working as a government official at a local level. Committed to changing citizens’ perception towards the government, Saujan expects to enhance his knowledge in public service and receive ideas on how to implement new initiations and ideas he has to improve the government system.

Integrity for me is: It is said that the soul (inner self) of a person does not lie. For me, Integrity is being true to one’s inner self.

When I’m not at work: I like to travel or study

Kashi Nath Poudyal

With the aim to improve citizen’s livelihood and make a long-lasting change in the government, Kashi Nath studied Masters’ in Sociology and joined the government service in Nepal. He currently works as a non-gazetted class 4 officer in Airawati Rural Municipality in Pyuthan. Believing citizen participation is very important for development at the local level, Kashi Nath aspired to learn inclusiveness, team-work and how to make public service accountable and transparent through Integrity School.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is the honest practice of one’s moral values and beliefs.

When I’m not at work: I like reading and being involved in agriculture

Madhu Sudan Ghimire

Being a man of agriculture, Madhu Sudhan works at the Food and Nutrition Enhancement Project in Sindhupalchowk as a section officer. Having a Master’s of Science degree in Agriculture, he hopes to improve the agricultural sector in Nepal through governmental services. With Integrity School, he wants to widen his understanding of the importance of integrity in enhancing the worth of civil service in nation-building. He also expects to be a part of accountable professionals to boost his morale for effective government service.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is satisfying my inner-self with honesty and accountability.

When I’m not at work: I’m either studying or hiking

Bharat KC

Bharat KC, with a Masters’ degree in Mathematics, joined Nepal Electricity Authority to provide faster service delivery to the citizens. He hopes to increase the public’s satisfaction through faster and more efficient service delivery through a result-oriented process. He joined Integrity School to learn new techniques and innovations he can implement in his work and learn from the experiences of his seniors at work.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is the inclusion of ethics, morality, transparency, and accountability in all of your decisions.

When I’m not at work: I like reading books or watching videos online

Non-Gazetted Level Seven

Sovita Khanal

With job security, satisfaction and the right environment to provide better education to students, Sovita joined a public school and teaches English at the lower-secondary level. Understanding the importance to spend time with her family, she believes her responsibility towards her work is equally important. Sovita joined Integrity School to gain practical knowledge of effective and modern approaches towards her service and their implementations.

Integrity for me is: Integrity is being disciplined to oneself, and acting out being bound by those disciplines.

When I’m not at work: I like to travel

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RAJENDRA PRASAD PYAKUREL

Rajendra Phyakhurel joined public service in 2017. He completed his masters degree in English and worked as a teacher in different private schools for 13 years. From Integrity School, he expects to learn new knowledge, skills, and build network. As a section officer, he aims to enhance his knowledge, and provide effective and hassle-free service to his service seekers rather than expecting to climb the hierarchy.

Integrity for me is: to do my fundamental tasks in an honest way.

When I am not at work: I am reading books.

RAMJI POUDEL

A resident of Dhankuta district, Ramji Poudel is a forester at District Forest Office in Siraha district. He completed his bachelors degree from Dhankuta Bahumukhi Campus and masters from Koshi Campus in Biratnagar district.He has also received trainings in Computer, GPS and Forestry. He joined Integrity School to learn about integrity, moral excellence, and to learn from integrity idols.

Integrity for me is: reflected in one’s own behavioral and moral values.

MADHUKARMANI ACHARYA

Rami Poudel was very interested in serving the sick and suffering since childhood which led him to join and earn masters degree in health. Later, he joined the government service in 2014 and since then has been striving to improve the health and survival percentage of the citizens, and fight the challenges seen in public service delivery. He is excited for Integrity School because he believes that he can share as well as learn ideas, promote personal integrity and contribute towards building positive perception towards the government.

LAXIT DHITAL

After completing his undergraduate degree in Finance from Hetauda School of Management, Laxit Dhital started his job as an accountant at the end of 2015. Following the recent federalization, he was transferred to veterinary hospital in Makwanpur. As a public servant, he aims to practice and promote integrity at workplace and thus challenge the negative perception of the public towards their government.  Through Integrity School, he expects to become a part of cohort of young officials like him, learn from each other and contribute to a collective effort for building integrity. Besides his official work, he loves teaching because it allows him to make a lot of friends, and share knowledge and positive things to a mass.

Integrity for me is: doing right things even when no one is watching.

When I am not at work: I am either teaching or reading books.

KRISHNA NANDAN RAY

He is currently working as non gazetted first class officer of Dhobini Rural Municipality of Parsa District where he is  responsible for planning and social development department. He has completed BSC in Science, and is currently pursuing Masters in Political Science and Bachelors in Law. He aims to serve the public by being an honest government official, and as a scholar of Integrity School, he hopes to learn from his peers and be a part of a community advocating for integrity in public service.

Integrity for me is: fulfilling my responsibility even when no one is watching

When I am not at work: I am playing cricket

KASHI CHAUDHARY

Kashi Chaudhary completed his Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the Central Departmental of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University with specialization in Water Resources Development & Planning. He has a working experience in diverse sectors from being a coordinator of Road Traffic Management Practices and Environmental Sustainability in Kathmandu to conducting a research on promotion of Eco-friendly IPM for the Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal. He is currently in civil service working as an assistant accountant. He believes that Integrity School is a platform for him to learn about practices related to integrity and also learn and grow with other young government officers like him.

Integrity for me is: an action that come out of clean heart without moral boundaries.

When I am not at work: I engage myself in social works.

DIPENDRA PANDEY

With an intention to do something different and serve the public, Dipendra Pandey joined the civil service back in 2064 BS after 2 years of teaching job at Xaviers International College in Kathmandu. He believes that integrity is important in the public sector to make the daily lives of the public easier. Through Integrity School, he hopes to learn from the peers and get the motivation to work with integrity for the welfare of the public.

Integrity for me is: that which the God inside me thinks is right.

When I am not at work: I am reading books or listening to news.

DEBENDRA SUBEDI

After completing his education in B.S.C in Chemistry from Tri Chandra Campus, he worked as a teacher for 4 years teaching college students. However, he always had an interest in joining civil service and serve the public. Currently, he is a non gazetted class two officer at Arjundhara Municipality of Jhapa District. He hopes to learn about best practices related to integrity, be a part of a like-minded community and to get motivation to work with integrity.

Integrity for me is: Self-respect and being proud of what I am

When I am not at work: I am at coffee house