Search for Common Ground Nepal, as part of the Singha Durbar Project released six different Issue Papers based on the policy driven initiatives in the country. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and Purusottam Nepal, Secretary and Joint Secretary of Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development (MoFALD) along with Sumitra Manandhar, Democracy and Governance Specialist of USAID, jointly showcased the six Issue Papers and released it formally.
Issue papers on – Agriculture and Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health and Nutrition, Migration and Trafficking, Federalism and Constitution Implementation, and Climate Change were released. Search Nepal is currently working on two more Issue Papers on Education and Local Governance.
Releasing the Issue Papers, Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affair and Local Development (MoFALD), said, “These Policy driven Issue Papers are very helpful in the new federal structure,” adding, “These papers can support in the local development of the Provinces as they can formulate laws and policies on their own.”
Perception Study – June 2016 – 2nd Perception Study on public sector reform and population priorities in terms of reform in Guinea
The objective of this project financed by the World Bank was to strengthen government leadership and strategic capacity to lead critical reforms in public finance and human resources management as well as to improve public services by engaging civil society in this process. A preliminary study was carried out before the project was launched to collect the public’s perception of reforms undertaken since 2013 so as to guide the planning of project activities. Eight months after the completion of certain activities, Search carried out a second study to measure the level of progress in meeting the objectives of component 2 of the project. This study was carried out with three specific objectives in mind: i) inform Search and partners on the public perceptions and opinions on structural reforms in the public sector, as well as on social inclusion and justice; ii) to gather data on the public’s expectations in regards to these issues; and iii) to guide the strategic planning and implementation of actions to promote social cohesion and national unity in Guinea. The evaluation employed a mixed methods approach, consisting of qualitative (12 Focus Group Discussions, 12 Key Informant Interviews and literature review,) and quantitative data (survey targeted a total of 187 people). This opinion survey covered the administrative centers of the eight administrative regions.
This second opinion survey shows an improvement in the proportion of citizens who are aware of public sector reforms and reform priorities. The main lessons learned from this second edition are that citizens resident in the country are better informed about the reforms than those in Conakry; disparity among men and women in regards to knowledge on reform policies; in general, programs are not known by their names but rather by their contents; and, while radio remains the main source of information on reforms in general, among young people, this also includes the internet and social networks.
Read about our programs and achievements in Nepal over the course of 2016!