District Level Workshops Completed

District level one-day workshops on local governance and tiered governance structure in Federal system in Nepal were conducted in 27 districts. The workshops were jointly organized by National Association of VDCs in Nepal (NAVIN), Association of District Development Committees in Nepal (ADDCN), and Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN). The three associations took the lead in nine districts each. NAVIN led the workshops in Jhapa, Morang and Dhankuta in Province 1, Sarlahi and Mahottari in Province 2. NAVIN also coordinated the workshops in Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Rasuwa and Chitwan in Province 3.

Two papers were presented at the workshop. The first paper was presented by Krishna Prasad Sapkota, former parliamentarian and former chairperson of ADDCN, who is an expert in local governance. His paper was titled, Constitutional System According to Federal Structure of Local Governance and Forthcoming Work Direction. Dr. Shyam Krishna Bhurtel and Sunil Ranjan Singh, members of LLRC presented the second paper on Constitutional and Procedural System in Numbers and Demarcation at the Local Level.

Participants of the workshop were district based leaders of political parties, former elected representatives of VDCs and DDCs, government officials, journalists, private sector, civil society. It was hoped that the Local Level Restructuring program based on the spirit of the constitution, and organized on the eve of the restructuring process would provide extra impetus to the restructuring procedure. Feedback received from participants suggested that programs like these with the objective of restructuring local government as well as educating on the rights at the local level are very effective. The discussion by participants on the presented papers was very effective in creating awareness. They felt that group discussions on upcoming work load and challenges at the local level provided important support to the restructuring process.

The discussion held with heads of government line agencies on the second day of the workshop was also very effective. The interaction program was organized with the aim of discussing ways to manage administrative structure, personnel administration, and revenue management in the new restructured local government. Important and relevant suggestions were gathered from the discussion. Suggestions and learning from both the days were collected and sent to LLRC.

Almost 850 people participated in the workshops and discussion programs, which was conducted with financial support from DFID.

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