Democratic governance

Democratic governance

Good governance enables citizens to have opportunities to secure their basic needs, freedom and rights through an access to markets, assets, and economic goods and properly regulated civic institutions so that poor and marginalized sections of the society can realize their potential and claim ownership of the political process and its outcome. Nepalese people have witnessed several systems that always claim for better governance addressing the need of people who have almost nil access to governance and development work. Sacrifices made and so were the acts, policies and strategies formulated in order to improve systems that could ensure better delivery. Yet, significant challenges remain ahead including addressing the exclusion of minority population in governance process. Absence of accountable and transparent local governance mechanism in districts in general and at rural areas in particular followed by mounting corruption in local development has resulted into declining performance of public service delivery system.

Highly centralized and politicized process of government policy formulation results into exclusive allocation of resources and prioritization of programs that do not promote the culture of transparency and inclusive development. Deteriorating performance of government institutions in providing minimum services to the people is posing serious threat in sustaining citizen government interface which is a critically needed to sustain the outcomes of various movements for peace, equality and democracy. 

What does SNP do?

  • Development of effective communication strategies and media mobilization for raising mass awareness on governance issues and demand for good governance.

  • Capacity building of local CSOs and local communities in engaging the process of local governance and developments in conflict affected and rural areas.

  • Building interface between local government agencies and local groups/organizations to promote people’s voice in local governance processes such as in municipal planning of solid waste management and urban environment, green job creation etc.

  • Building information base for proper planning of local development such as VDC profiling and Strategy Planning of VDCs.

  • Support to local community members/groups/organizations in demanding for transparent and effective service delivery mechanisms at rural areas such as campaign for citizenship/birth/voter registration.

  • Facilitating minorities’ access to participate and contribute in fair, scientific and GESI sensitive national housing and population census 2011.