May 7, 2012
South South Cooperation
The UNDP Nepal Country Office received a high level Afghan government delegation in coordination with the UNDP country office in Afghanistan as part of South South cooperation.
The mission was led by the key officials of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) to acquaint the Afghan government officials on the history of institutional development, current operating structure and the gradual administrative and civil service reform process in Nepal.
In this context, the mission visited the Prime Minister’s Office, met with the key government officials to learn about the best practices and lessons learnt from the Public Service Commission, Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Development, the Ministry of General Administration and other relevant institutions in bureaucracy. They also learnt about the ongoing exercise on constitution making in Nepal and UNDP’s support to the process.
The mission undertook a field visit to DevBhumi Baluwa village in Kavre district where they met with the women beneficiaries of UNDP supported Local Governance for Community Development Programme (LGCDP)and observed a community building constructed for the purpose of important social activities. The delegates received the opportunity to learn about the historic process of social mobilization in the rural communities for economic and social empowerment especially that of women. The women’s community also shared their experiences with the delegation about the formation of a Cooperative and enterprises started so far with the programme support.
At the district level, the Local Development Officer briefed the delegation about the successes of the community and the challenges in local governance highlighting on the absence of elected bodies, fiduciary risk and frequent staff transfers.
The delegation expressed happiness on the valuable knowledge gained about the country, bureaucracy and most importantly the development aspect.
The mission report is expected to have a review of the possible opportunities that can be replicated and areas for future cooperation.