De­vel­op­ment by col­lab­o­ra­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Nepal's five de­vel­op­ment part­ners – Nor­way, Switzer­land, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women – have signed a joint MoU for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with Nepal for a pe­riod of five years. The agree­ment was signed by Nepal's Sec­re­tary of Fi­nance, Shanta Raj Subedi and Alf Arne Ram­slien, Am­bas­sador of Nor­way to Nepal. The to­tal es­ti­mated cost of the pro­gram is US$ 1,362 mil­lion (Rs 136.2 bil­lion). Of the to­tal cost, the Nepalese govern­ment will con­trib­ute US$ 1,126 mil­lion (Rs 112.6 bil­lion) and the de­vel­op­ment part­ners US$ 236 mil­lion (Rs 23.6 bil­lion).

Un­der this ar­range­ment, Nepal will be pro­vided with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sec­ond phase of the Lo­cal Gov­er­nance and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (LGCDP-II). The first phase of the LGCDP was com­pleted in July 2013. It reached al­most one mil­lion peo­ple, 50 per­cent of them women, through 40,000 ward cit­i­zen fo­rums. The pro­gram is said to have up­graded over 8,700 kilo­me­ters of roads, ren­o­vated 2,150 schools and up­graded 1,031 health fa­cil­i­ties and ben­e­fit­ted 1.9 mil­lion house­holds by pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture on de­mand.

The LGCDP-II will be ex­e­cuted by the Min­istry of Fed­eral Af­fairs and Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment and im­ple­mented through lo­cal bod­ies. It cov­ers all 75 dis­tricts, 58 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 3,915 VDCs. It is ex­pected to ben­e­fit two mil­lion house­holds by pro­vid­ing them com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture. The pro­gram will strengthen lo­cal gov­er­nance and en­sure that 90 per­cent of VDC sec­re­taries are in a po­si­tion to de­liver ser­vices ef­fec­tively.

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