Promoting Citizen Empowerment And Inclusive Democracy In Province 2
“Promoting Citizen Empowerment and Inclusive Democracy in Province 2” is being implemented by Aasaman Nepal (ASN) with financial support from the European Union (EU) and technical support from Welthungerhilfe (WHH). It is being implemented by Dalit Sarokar Manch (DSM) in Rajgadh and Bishnupur Rural Municipalities of Saptari district, Mukti Nepal (MN) in Karjanha and Kalyanpur Municipalities of Siraha district and Environment and Child Development Council (ECDC) in Isnath and Baudhimai Municipalities of Rautahat district.
The project aims to work with Municipalities and Rural Municipalities as well as Provincial Government while keeping the empowerment of marginalized citizens at the core of its mission. On one hand the project intends to facilitate strengthened citizen-state engagement by supporting the citizens to actively engage in local development planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring whereas on the other hand it also supports the youths to be socially and economically empowered so that they stay in their own country with dignity and support the socio-economic development.
Good governance touches all aspect of society and state-citizens relations. In this regard, the project has been working in several sectors of intervention. Importantly, the activities at first concentrate on capacity-building and explaining the rights and duties of citizens in a democracy. In the course of the Action, special support is given to marginalized people especially youths and young women. Five actors collaborate to deliver activities in Province 2, aiming to support the interaction between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LA). The total “Action” or “Project” practically enhances the process of empowerment in the region with a focus on cooperation between CSOs and LAs. The project empowers youth-led CSOs to be actively involved in governmental planning and decision-making processes by raising their needs/priorities and also understanding the balance between rights and duties in a democracy. Efforts put into this economic empowerment enables youths to stay in Nepal, in their villages with dignity, and to participate in the local governance process actively for their continued socio-economic development and that of their children. The project supports citizens to actively engage in local development planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring/evaluation based on principles of a rights-based approach as well as on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). In particular, marginalized groups i.e., women, youth, Dalits, and Muslim are represented and are able to participate beyond “tokenism” in order to effectively influence local policies and programs.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to enhanced citizens’ participation in sub-national good governance in Province 2.
The specific objective of the project is that ‘socially marginalized and economically poor citizens have access to accountable government services and actively participate in inclusive local development processes.’ This will be achieved through:
Capacity building for Local Government, selected public service providers and CSOs, who will then trickle down information and capacity-building throughout the society.
Improved citizen-state engagement.
Economic empowerment programs for youths.
Mainstreaming and up-scaling good governance best practices.
The project will focus on six Palikas of Saptari, Siraha and Rautahat districts in Province 2. Rajgadh and Bishupur Rural Municipalities in Saptari with 13 wards, Karjanha and Kalyanpur Municipalities in Siraha with 23 wards, and Ishnath and Baudhimai Municipalities in Rautahat with 18 wards.
Target Group 1:
Government representatives of all 54 Wards of the 6 Municipalities (6 Mayor, 6 Deputy Mayor, Ward Chairperson and 4 members (5*54 Wards=270), total 282), and 30 thematic staff (women, health).
Target Group 2:
54 CSOs (1/ward, approx. 1,080 members), 24 youth groups (4/Ward, approx. 360 members), and Final beneficiaries: The final beneficiaries of the project are the most marginalized people. This includes 10,685 Dalits (including 10,225 Musahar and 460 Dom) and 32,560 Muslim citizens.
Local government and selected public service providers apply participatory and inclusive development processes and deliver citizen-friendly
and accountable services.
Actors and Stakeholders
European Union (EU)
With the completion of recent election- (Local, Federal and Provincial) and
becoming a Federal State, Nepal has been moving forward constructively for state building. In order to respond to the needs of aligning citizens with the outcome of recent state building, the European Union (EU) has been funding the project “Promoting Citizen Empowerment and Inclusive Democracy in Province 2”.
ASN coordinates with stakeholders, manages the overall project planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project to the donor as per the project management plan. Focusing on adhering to the project plan during the layout of activities and including local co-applicants, local governments CSOs and citizens. ASN delegates groundwork in the three districts to the local co-applicants. ASN strengthens the capacity of the local co-applicants during the project implementation period.
WHH supports ASN for the overall coordination, financial tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the project and compliance with EU guidelines. WHH supports ASN and the local co-applicants by providing its technical support on governance and GESI component along with support for securing timely and effective implementation of the planned interventions
Mukti Nepal (MN)
Mukti Nepal (MN): responsible for coordination, planning and activity implementation at the local level in Siraha district ensuring proper CSO and citizen mobilization in two Municipalities by regular follow-up at community level. It establishes linkages with Municipalities and Wards and reports to ASN.
Dalit Sarokar Manch (DSM)
DSM, a local co-applicant is responsible for coordination, planning and activity implementation in two Rural Municipalities of the Saptari district .DSM ensures linkages with the local government an mobilizes the CSOs /citizens. It establishes linkages with Municipalities and Wards and reports to ASN
Environment and Child Development Council (ECDC)
ECDC, a local co-applicant is responsible for coordination, planning and activity implementation at the local level in two Municipalities of Rautahat district ensuring linkages with the local government and mobilizing the CSOs /citizens. It establishes linkages with Municipalities and Wards and reports to ASN.
The local government representatives are engaged in the project through awareness raising, capacity building and training on identified areas.
The project helps the local government to institutionalize and localize national policy/framework at Municipality and Ward levels and establish a participatory and inclusive planning process.
CSOs Roles And Participation
CSOs and Youth-led CSOs is active by voicing and forwarding the citizens’ concerns to the local government. These CSOs, with the support from Change Agents, facilitate the involvement of marginalized groups in the local government annual planning process through advocacy, by providing policy feedback on issues related to citizens’ rights.
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