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Government replicates performace based grant system

April 2008; The Government of Nepal (GoN) has decided to replicate the performance based grant system in all 75 District Development Committees linking the results of the performance assessment with its own development grant. The district's performances will be evaluated annually based on Minimum Cmore


A Nepal district puts old records to new digital uses

Tuesday, 16 October 2001: Old records used to lie in dusty corners in Kanchanpur, a district in far-west Nepal. Now they have become part of the digital revolution. Kanchanpur is one of the areas in this mountainous country most dedicated to using information technology to modernize public administrmore

Addressing the petrolemum price hike from the hot seat

June 2008; The Finance Minister Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat (Nepali Congress) and one of Nepal's leading economists and former Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Dr. Shankar Sharma were the guests for one of the latest edition of the BBC World Service Trust's discussion programme Sajha Sawamore


An improved madrasa' a peace dividend for a religious minority

March 2009; Children aged between 5 and 15 years are reciting the holy Quran in their madrasa (Muslim school) in Tulsiyahi Nikash village, Dhanusha. Since 2007 this madrasa has been housed in a new building constructed with support from UNDP's Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative programme (QIPmore


Building safer communities

At the Citizen Awareness Center hall in Prastoka VDC, Bara district, a group of people are gathered to discuss women’s safety and security issues in the village. A facilitator asks some basic questions, "Where do you feel unsafe in your VDC?" and "What changes would help you feel safemore


CCD, a hub for knowledge network

February 2009; The Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) in three weeks time since its opening has already hosted approximately 650 visitors, most of them being the members of Constituent Assembly and civil society. Until now, 92 CA members have signed up for the computer training and 75 have sigmore


Citizen charters play increasingly important role in partner municipalities

November 2005; The growth of urban area of Nepal over the recent years has brought about corresponding challenges in urban governance. As the crucial relationship between good governance and development become ever more apparent, there is an urgent need on part of the development agencies to focus mmore

Civil society groups in Nepal endorse the Millennium Development Goals

Monday, 31 March 2003: Nepalese civil society organizations meeting in Kathmandu recently pledged to support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to monitor both their own and the Government's activities in doing so. The national convention of the NGO Federation of Nepal, more


Community Mediation Centres become popular

Lila and her husband have reconciled after a decade of break-up, all thanks to the Community Mediation Centre in Tulsipur, Dang district. After being unable to tolerate her husband’s gambling and alcoholism, Lila started living separately since 1999. Her husband married again while the children’s remore


Doko library' new public information initiative

September 2009; The Jana Utthan Public Library of Palpa district has adopted a new and interesting way of making the information materials accessible to the general public. The books are now being carried in doko by the potters to certain areas where people can assemble and read. The library has ovmore


EORC rapidly advances preparation for the CA election

March 2008; The Electoral Observation Resource Centre(EORC), established in early February 2008 to assist the Election Commission, is coordinating the observation work for domestic and international electoral observation groups. The EORC is serving as a clearing house and centralized repository of emore


Election Observation Resource Centre re-established

February 2008; With the new date for the Constituent Assembly(CA) election rescheduled for 10 April 2008, the Election Commission (EC) has requested UNDP to re-open the 'Electoral Observation Resource Centre,' as a matter of urgency. To this effect, UNDP, after completing the preliminary inspectionmore


Empowering the socially excluded

February 2010; The 'Agricultural and Professional Tools Producing Factory' lead by Raju Biswakarma, 28, in Tukuche, Kavrepalanchowk is earning anywhere between Rs 120,000 - Rs 200,000 a month. The factory produces agricultural and other metal items used for windows and doors which are sold in Patanmore


Empowering women to strengthen local governance...

The Citizens’ Awareness Centers and Ward Citizens’ Forums have become an important foundation of decentralized local governance in Nepal. The communities inclusive of men and women from different economic and social status can express their opinions and take part in the local level decision making pmore


GIS proves boon for planners

November 2005; Slowly but steadily, the Geographical Information System (GIS) is making its mark on the country as an indispensable tool for planning and decision-making. GIS application has practically revolutionised the planning process in Nepal, and more and more people and institutions are beinmore


In pursuit of justice

Sunita Chaudhary, 35, of Darakh VDC-5 in Kailali district was a victim of domestic abuse, and suffered from the same helplessness and insecurity that many women in Nepal are faced with as a result of gender inequality in household matters. Finally, after being thrown out of her home, along with her more


Mobile Legal Clinics bring justice at the door step

December 2010; Lack of efficient justice system makes it difficult for the people especially in the rural areas of Nepal to avail justice on time and in the prolonged process makes it very expensive also. A large number of rural population are ignorant about easy access to justice or accessing freemore


Model sub health post for safer and healthier life

December 2010; The Badalamjee village located at a distance of 16 kms from the district headquarters of Dailekh was suffering due to lack of proper health services. The patients, mainly the pregnant mothers suffered during child birth due to the dilapidated condition of the old sub health post lackimore


Need for safe drinking water brings along inclusion

August 2010; Jaidhan settlement of Kuntibandali, one of the acute water diarrhoea affected villages among the 15 Village Development Committees of Achham'one of the remote districts of Nepal, now has access to clean drinking water. Thanks to the Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative (QIPSI) Promore

Bishnu Maya Gurung, 65, casts her vote at a polling station in Sainbu VDC, Lalipur.

Nepalese voted to elect an Assembly to write a new constitution

Voters say peace and development their primary concerns.   19, November 2013: On Tuesday voters in Nepal cast their ballot in another round of Constituent Assembly (CA) election in a bid to formulate a new constitution and form a stable government.   Resilient voters queued up outside polmore


Online links replacing paper in Nepal municipality

Friday, 24 January 2002: A digital pace is starting to replace the rhythm of filing paper forms and stamping documents for a long queue of people at the municipal offices in Bharatpur, a town of 90,000 in central Nepal. A joint initiative by UNDP and the Government put municipal services online thimore

Pilot district courts aim to strengthen Nepal's judicial system

Tuesday, 12 August 2003: The Supreme Court of Nepal has appointed 11 district judges to four pilot district courts, a key step in a judicial reform project supported by UNDP. A second UNDP project is helping strengthen the rule of law by setting up arbitration boards to settle minor disputes at themore


Public Private Partnership for greener environment

September 2009; The garbage collectors are active from 6 o'clock in the morning in Hatkhola Chowk, the residential area of Biratnagar municipality. The collectors work for the Forum for Social Improvement and Environmental Development (FoSIED)' a private sector company working with the municipality more


Tackling with urban sanitation

July 2009; With the fast growing population in Kathmandu and its surrounding districts, urban sanitation has become a huge problem. In order to improve the urban environment, one of the main priorities of the UNDP Public Private Partnership for Urban Environment (PPPUE) has been to promote mobile tmore


UNDP supports training of 64 new women VDC Secretaries among others

Nirmaya Ban, the Village Development Committee (VDC) Secretary of Piple, Tehrathum says, “People still think that women do not have the skills required to work as a VDC Secretary. I faced a lot of challenges in my work as my senior officials and even some of my junior colleagues did not believe thatmore


Ward Citizens Forum- bottom-up approach for inclusive development

The 76 households in ward number 3, Assigram village of Dadeldhura have started putting forward their long term development plans in the Ward Citizens Forum, a forum created under the social mobilization and community development component of the Local Governance Community Development Programme (LGCmore


Women in the far-west looking forward for more to happen

July 2009; Gajari, a village located in one of the remote green hills of Baitadi district in the far-west Nepal looks serene and beautiful from afar. However, life for the people of this village is one hundred years behind. It is one of the many backward villages where almost 100% women are illiteramore

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