Subnational Governance in Nepal

The Australian Government–The Asia Foundation Partnership in Nepal is responding to the opportunities and challenges emerging from the country’s transition to federalism. Since the end of a decade-long conflict in 2006, high expectations for inclusive governance and effective economic development have largely gone unmet due to political stalemates, a failure to rebuild local governance, and entrenched corruption. However, the constitution signed in September 2015 marked the beginning of Nepal’s transition from a unitary to a federal system guaranteeing locally elected officials the authority to self-govern and define local economic development. The Partnership works in the following strategic areas:

Strategic Area 1: Generating Evidence and Data on Subnational Governance

Strategic Area 2: Support for Nepal’s Transition to Federal Governance

Strategic Area 3: Improving Local Governance Service Delivery and Economic Governance

Recognizing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) as a key driver of inclusive local governments and sustainable development, the Partnership focuses on integrating GESI as a cross cutting theme across all program activities. This page provides a platform to disseminate information and data generated through the various activities under the Partnership. View resources below:

Economic Law and Subnational-Governance Clinic

The Kathmandu University School of Law (KUSL) developed the Economic Law and Subnational-Governance Clinic website to inform stakeholders on pertinent issues related to economic law and governance in the subnational context. The portal archives important news, articles, and contributions of law scholars for public viewing and usage. Research papers and economic law bulletins generated by KUSL under the Partnership will be uploaded to the portal making it available as a key reference point for policy makers and local authorities to formulate evidence-based economic policies and regulations, while allowing for broader engagement in the discourse surrounding subnational economic governance. Learn more at the KUSL website.

 

Nepal Federal Monitor

National Administrative Staff College (NASC) and Niti Foundation are jointly overseeing the development of the Federal Monitor Website. This site will have continual updates on how subnational politics unfold in regard to sub-national demands, implementation of policies and programs, and the accountability of subnational governments. It will document how systems and processes are evolving across different subnational jurisdictions. These updates and analyses will help identify support needs and define priority interventions for capacity building of sub-national governments. Under the Partnership, Niti Foundation and NASC are designing capacity development programs for local government officials aimed to strengthen their policy making roles. Research initiatives will study and track the transition of relevant actors and public service delivery needs to identify key policy issues at the subnational level.

 

The Nepal Peace Monitor: Annual Review 2017

October 10, 2018

Publication

The Nepal Peace Monitor: Annual Review 2017 report prepared by the Collective Campaign for Peace, presents data collected by the Nepal Peace Monitoring Project and is an effort to contribute to human rights and peace in Nepal by monitoring conflict and the nature of those occurrences. It provides a comprehensive overview of incidents documented thr… Read more

 

Study on the Election Campaign Finance: Local, Provincial and Federal Elections in Nepal, 2017

October 10, 2018

Publication

The Study on the Election Campaign Finance: Local, Provincial, and Federal Elections in Nepal, 2017 aims to measure the extent and magnitude of financial accountability of political parties in Nepal contesting in the local, provincial, and federal elections. This research study was conducted by Election Observation Committee – Nepal. The findings a… Read more

 

Local Levels in Federalism: Constitutional Provisions and the State of Implementation

August 8, 2018

Publication

Local Levels in Federalism: Constitutional Provisions, and the State of Implementation provides an overview of how federalism is currently implemented against the Constitutional provisions. The assessment examines nine federal laws adopted after the promulgation of the Constitution. As a way forward, the assessment makes recommendations for improvi… Read more

 

Nepal’s Locally Elected Women Representatives: Exploratory Study of Needs and Capacity Assessment

July 19, 2018

Publication

The successful completion of local, provincial, and federal elections in 2017 was a historic milestone for Nepal, coming after almost two decades. A record number of women representatives were elected to office in these elections, and this has presented both opportunities and challenges. This increased number of women, especially from marginalized… Read more

 

Conservation and Prosperity in New Federal Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges

July 11, 2018

Publication

Conservation and Prosperity in New Federal Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges documents the historical contribution of conservation to Nepal’s national and local prosperity, identifies several important capacity gaps at national and local levels of government, analyzes the impacts of new subnational government structures on different forms of prot… Read more

 

Diagnostic Study of Local Governance in Federal Nepal

July 11, 2018

Publication

The Diagnostic Study of Local Governance in Federal Nepal assesses the extent to which institutional, legal, political, and fiscal frameworks are in place as well as the critical issues that must be addressed in establishing these frameworks to enable local governments to discharge their constitutional mandates. This study examines key challenges t… Read more

 

Nepal – 22 Basic Municipal Profiles

June 12, 2018

Publication

Within The Australian Government–The Asia Foundation Partnership, Community Members Interested (COMMITTED) with the support of Bikas Udhyami, have developed 22 basic municipal profiles. These basic profiles were developed using existing government data that came out from the Government of Nepal’s 2011 Census survey conducted by the Central Bureau o… Read more

 

TAF-DFAT Subnational Governance Program List of Major Knowledge Products

May 24, 2018

Publication

This document contains list of the major knowledge products produced by the Partnership in collaboration with its implementing partners.

 

A Survey of the Nepali People in 2017

April 13, 2018

Publication

As Nepal transitions to a federal governance structure, The Asia Foundation plans a series of public opinion surveys documenting views of the Nepali people. These surveys will provide data for policymakers and leaders in government, the development community, civil society organizations, and the broader Nepali public. Infographics 2018 Questionnair… Read more

 

Summary of Municipal Round Table Discussion: Identifying Current Urban Governance Issues

December 19, 2017

Publication

Under the Australian Government – The Asia Foundation Strategic Partnership to support Subnational Governance in Nepal, implementing partner COMMITTED facilitated a two-day Municipal Round Table Discussion (RTD) featuring Mayors, Deputy Mayors, and Chief Administrative Officers of 11 partner municipalities from 18 – 19 December 2017 with the agenda… Read more

 

Public Policy Dialogue Series – Subnational Governance in Nepal

November 16, 2017

Publication

The Public Policy Dialogue series is an informal forum that includes participants from the government, development partners and civil society to discuss emerging challenges and constraints on sub-national governance Issues as the country goes through federal restructuring. These dialogues provide an opportunity to inform the broader discourse on pe… Read more

 

TAF-DFAT Subnational Governance Program Update on Municipalities Selection

November 15, 2017

Publication

Within the Australian Government-The Asia Foundation Partnership, Community Members Interested (COMMITTED) is profiling emblematic municipalities to capture the status of public service delivery for devolved sectors. This will help define and establish a tested planning and development process that will enable a long-term vision and objective to ad… Read more

 

TAF-DFAT Subnational Governance Program Update and Summary for External Partners updated November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Publication

A summary of activities/partners supported since March 2017 under the Australian Government-The Asia Foundation Partnership in Nepal. Note: The summary is not exhaustive and excludes activities under development.

 

DFAT-TAF Subnational Governance Program Summary Fact Sheet

November 3, 2017

Publication

A summary of activities/partners supported since March 2017 under the Australian Government-The Asia Foundation Partnership in Nepal. Note: The summary is not exhaustive and excludes activities under development.

 

Diagnostic Study of Subnational Governance in Nepal Questionnaire

October 16, 2017

Publication

Within the Australian Government-The Asia Foundation Partnership, the Nepal Centre for Contemporary Studies (NCCS) is implementing a biannual mixed-method audit of the political economy of ongoing governance transition in all seven provinces. The audit will follow the transformation of political settlement strategies sub-nationally, accounting for… Read more