Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP)

Local Governance and Community Development Programme is a government's programme, supported jointly by six UN agencies to support decentralised, local governance and community development in Nepal.

Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP) is a national programme with an over-arching goal to contribute towards poverty reduction through inclusive, responsive and accountable local governance and participatory community-led development. LGCDP is executed by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development with technical and financial assistance of development partners. This is a national programme framework for improvement in local governance system and community development. LGCDP aims to strengthen both the demand and supply side of local governance. The Programme envisages to empowering citizens to engage actively with local governments and increasing the capacity of local governments to manage resources and deliver basic services in an inclusive and equitable manner besides strengthening institutional framework for decentralization, devolution and community development...Read More

What have we accomplished so far

  • In 2014, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), with financial support from UNDP, delivered training on bottom-up planning processes to over 61,300 local stakeholders from more than 1,500 VDCs, including members of VDC, Ward Citizen Forums (WCFs), Community Awareness Centers and local level political party representatives. This resulted in increased participation of local communities in planning. After the training, it was recorded that more than 80 percent of VDCs in Tarai districts held council meetings on time.

  • UNDP supported MoFALD in the formulation and implementation of a nation-wide Capacity Development Strategy for local governments, to be overseen and implemented through training institutions, private consultants, and other development partners. The Strategy is expected to promote an enabling environment for effective, transparent and accountable local governance.

  • UNDP also supported MoFALD in more effectively mobilizing WCFs through a revision of the Social Mobilization Guidelines to clarify the mandate of WCFs including selection/election provisions, and the development of an action plan to implement these guidelines.

  • Operational guidelines and modalities of Local Governance Accountability Facility (LGAF) were also revised to ensure transparency and accountability in local level procurements.

  • UNDP further supported the strengthening of local institutions through:

    • Providing 179 thematic experts to MoFALD to policy advice in: governance, gender and social inclusion, environmental and disaster resilience, monitoring, reporting, social mobilization and livelihood.
    • In partnership with GIZ, conducting comprehensive training for 225 local masons on low cost, earthquake resistant construction, resulting in nine seismic safe Ward offices.
    • Conducting ICT needs assessments of all districts and municipalities, based on which training packages were designed.

Latest Updates

  • Government, donors undertake field visit for joint programme

    Government, donors undertake field visit for joint programme

    The Government officials and development partners of Local Governance Community Development Programme (LGCDP)comprising of representatives from ADB, DFID, CIDA, Danish embassy, UNDP/UN System and Norwegian embassymore

Project Overview


Programme Period
16 July 2013 - 15 July 2017

Executing Agency
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development

Implementing Agencies
Local Bodies
Local Offices of Sectoral Ministries

Supporting Agencies
Sectoral Ministries
Non-Government Organizations
Civil Society Organizations
Private Sector Organizations

Geographic Coverage
75 Districts, 191 Municipalities and 3,276 Village Development Committees

Development Partners

Multilateral Development Agencies: ADB, World Bank, European Union
Bilateral Development Agencies: DFID, Government of Denmark, GIZ, JICA, Government of Norway, SDC, USAID, Government of Finland

Financial Contribution
Government of Nepal: US$ 1061 million
Development Partners: US$ 236 million
Total: US$ 1297 million

Financing Modality
Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) : US$ 164.9 million
Joint Funding for Technical Assistance (JFTA): US$ 45 million
Programme Alignment Arrangement (PAA):US$ 26.1 million

Programme Components
Policy: Governance Reform
Supply: Service Delivery and Capacity Development
Demand: Citizens Empowerment
Local Development: Socio-Economic and Infrastructure Development

Sectors of Investment
(1) Local Government Restructuring (2) Federal Governance (3) Fiscal Decentralization (4) Fiduciary Risks Reduction (5) Results Based Management (6) Capacity Development (7) Social Mobilization (8) Child Friendly Local Governance (9) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (10) Information, Education and Communication (11) Local Governance and Accountability Facility (12) Environmentally Friendly Local Governance (13) Vital Registration (14) Community Mediation (15) Social Security (16) Local Community Infrastructure Development (17) Social Development (18) Local Economic Development (19) Livelihood Improvement Schemes (20) Research and Development (21) Public Financial Management

UNDP focal point:
Rafeeque Siddiqui
Local Governance Officer
Governance Unit, UNDP
UN House, Pulchowk
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1- 552 3200
Fax: 977-1-552 3991
Email: registry.np@undp.org

Project focal point:
Mr. Reshmi Raj Pandey
National Programme Director/Joint Secretary
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local development
Email: reshmipandey@lgcdp.gov.np, reshmipandey@hotmail.com

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