Program Location : 7 Districts—Kathmandu, Chitwan, Rupandehi, Kaski, Gulmi, Surkhet and Kailali
Start Date : August 2016
Program Span : Till August 2019
Support : Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S), Berlin
Through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
In order to improve good governance, enhance the quality of public service delivery, advocate for transparency, and to hold government offices accountable towards citizens, TI-Nepal (at the Center in Kathmandu) and its partner organizations based in 6 districts (see Table 1 below) will operate ALACs to strengthen citizens’ voice and participation in decision making processes of key governance subareas. ALACs shall essentially act as a local contact point where people can seek legal remedy for their grievances related primarily to public service delivery.
Apart from running ALACs in different districts, the ALAC Outreach Program shall also conduct expenditure tracking social audit and run help desks/mobile ALACs as per the necessity, and bearing in mind the large turnover of service-recipients, in key service delivery institutions of the districts. Public Service Delivery Survey (PSDs) will also be conducted in these districts for measuring citizens’ perception and personal experiences of corruption and malpractices. Similarly, the program will focus on building CBO networks at the local level to enhance the credibility of the CBOs, and to create a space in which NGOs will be accepted by our society at large.
The other key function of the ALAC Outreach Program will be to assess the compliance of the Integrity Pact/Development Pact (IP/DP) which TI-Nepal has promoted in the districts over the years, especially targeting the local level service delivery. As many as 21 DPs have already been signed so far. DP is a form of integrity pledge that the service delivery institutions sign, promising to upgrade their current standards. The compliance shall basically be assessed through activating and strengthening the DP Monitoring Committees—already formed in the districts where DPs have been signed. In order to do so, regular meetings will be held where the members of the Committees will lobby and advocate for implementing the listed commitments of the DP so far as local authorities are concerned. This includes an annual assessment as well so as to prepare an advocacy document based on the assessment results at the end of the year.
Key Outcomes of the Program
- Understanding and awareness of government service delivery by vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, typically not reached by mainstream services and resources, increased through free legal advice and assistance;
- Increased co-operation and understanding between local citizens and service delivery institutions through IP/DP;
- Enhanced body of knowledge and evidence documented to advocate and lobby for sustainable solutions;
- ALACs and DPs emerge as sustainable and effective accountability tools with tangible benefits for disadvantaged groups, CBOs, CSOs, local authorities and public representatives;
- The capacity of CBOs strengthened to put into effect anti-corruption tools like social audits;
- A committed pursuit of the alliances of CBOs towards the realization of good governance standards fostered, and a local welfare cause advocated.
Table 1: TI-Nepal Affiliated CSOs for ALAC Outreach Intervention
|S.N.||Affiliated Organizations (AOs)||District|
|1.||Sadachar Ka Lagi Samajik Pahal||Kailali|
|2.||Nagarik Sarokar Sangh||Surkhet|
|5.||Bhrashtachhar Birudhdha Abhiyan||Chitawan|
|6.||Sushasan Ka Lagi Nagarik Samaj (SUNAS)||Kaski|