South Asia Foundation was launched on 11th-12th December 2001, at its First General Conference in Kathmandu, the seat of the SAARC secretariat.
From left to right: SAF-Nepal Chairman Ambassador Bhek B. Thapa; SAF-Bhutan Chairman Hon. Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup: Prime Minister of Nepal Hon. Sher Bahadur Deuba; SAF Founder Ambassador Madanjeet Singh; and SAF-Bangladesh Chairman Hon. Dr. Kamal Hossain.
The first Conference of the South Asia Foundation was attended by the South Asia Foundation Chairpersons and members of their Advisory board.
2. Advisory Board Meetings
3. Structures of the Organisation
4. Diploma Course on South Asian Studies
5. Working guidelines for 2002 as decided by the SAF Kathmandu conference
6. SAF-RPO Portal
|News and Views: Members unanimously decided not to put anything that will generate controversy in the news and views section of the portal. The members agreed to incorporate only those news and views and other commentaries in this section which have positive values in furthering the spirit of cooperation and development in the region.
Contents: Each member country will provide contents and other materials of its own on each head of the portal (Art/Culture, Education, Environment, Sustainable Development, Human rights, Trade/Commerce and Health). This means it is the responsibility of each SAF member country to provide the contents with proper sourcing and referencing.
IT Coordinator: Each member country will identify and designate an IT Coordinator to look into the technical and technological aspects of the portal on a regular basis. Some of the Chapters have already identified and designated their IT Coordinators. Other member countries will have to do so latest by 5th January 2002.
Content Providers: Each member country will also have a set of experts, journalists and writers with them as content providers to write on various issues identified in the portal on a regular basis.The member countries decided to draw up the first list of these contributors and circulate among other member countries; this list needs to be updated on a regular basis.
Content Editor: The SAF will identify an eminent and independent media man as Content Editor to supervise the editorial activities in the portal.
Content Uploading: The uploading of the selected and approved contents and inputs by each member country will be initially done in New Delhi. This is to ensure uniformity in each country’s contents and coordination.
Portal Launching: Each country will now start providing the contents. It will be launched by March first week.
Offline advertising: Each country will devise means and suggest ideas to make the portal as popular as possible. In this regard there were suggestions to devise some offline measures to advertise the portal.
The suggested measures included making the school / college / university editorial board members aware, organizing youth festivals, distribution of leaflets by the publishing houses, publication of a newsletter. Exclusive South Asian Cooperation Section: Besides various sections which have already been identified and developed in the portal, some members suggested that we should have an exclusive section on South Asian.
Friendliness: There were may suggestions to make the portal as friendly as possible. There were suggestions to incorporate a lot of funs, some suggested that there should be “text only options” without photographs and graphics to have a fast downloading.
7. Other Activities