The capacity of local governments in Nepal: from government to governance and governability?
Keshav K. Acharya
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2018, vol. 40, issue 3, 186-197
Local governments are units of government closest to the grassroots, with responsibility not only for institutionalising local governance by creating an enabling environment to promote democratic values and public participation in decision-making, but also for accelerating social and economic development in order to enhance the quality and prosperity of community life. These fundamental aspects of their responsibility constitute core goals in most governmental systems. In Nepal, however, as in many other countries, the goals are only partially pursued and met, despite relevant institutional arrangements having been put in place. Accordingly, as highlighted in the discussion, there is much still to be done to ensure local governments have the requisite capacity to design and deliver services and infrastructure of immediate local significance.
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