Speaking Out in Doti
Story from Doti under Advocacy
Despite Nepal's participatory and inclusive local planning laws, local plans and budgets are often decided by an elite few who are largely unaccountable. Advocacy's new initiative is a pilot programme to improve governance and accountability in Doti District.
UMN and its partners raised awareness about the laws, supported communities to develop their own proposals, and used the media and local groups to build pressure for good governance and accountability.
As a result, around NRS 1 million (USD 13,300) worth of projects that reflect the community's own concerns - water supply and irrigation, road survey and construction, and school building - are now being funded by local government.
This pilot project will be extended to other clusters in the coming year.
* VDC = Village Development Committee. The VDC is the local government structure in Nepal.