Strengthening Gender-Responsive Local Government in Nepal

Project Title: Strengthening Gender-Responsive Local Government in Nepal
UNDEF Project Number : UDF-19-859-NEP
Project Duration : 24 months
Funding Partner / Donor : United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
Implementing Partner : South Asia Partnership Nepal (SAP-Nepal)
Funding Round and Year of Application: Fourteenth Funding Round, 2019
Amount of UNDEF Grant in USD : $220,000 (UNDEF M&E inclusive)

Project Description

The project aims to empower Musahar women and strengthen their representation in local decision-making procedures for promoting gender-responsive local governance in two rural municipalities and two town municipalities. It will work through three main approaches: empowerment of Musahar women to claim their rights, accountability of local government authorities, and strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships for gender-responsive local governance.

Project Location

  • Haripur Municipality, ward no. – 7
  • Barhathawa Municipality, ward no. – 8
  • Chandranagar Rural Municipality, ward no. – 3
  • Basbariya Rural Municipality, ward no.- 3

Project Objective

The project aims to empower Musahar women and enhance their representation in local decision-making procedures for promoting gender-responsive local governance in two rural municipalities and two town municipalities of Sarlahi based in province 2 of Nepal.

The expected outcomes of the project are:

Outcome 1 : Enhanced capacity and networking of marginalized Musahar women to increase their participation in local governance and planning;

Outcome 2 : Increased responsiveness of local government authorities and male counterparts;

Outcome 3 : Increased effectiveness and collaboration of civil society actors, media and policy makers.

Project’s path to impact

It is envisioned that in order to promote gender responsive local government there should be efforts for strengthening leadership capacity of Indigenous Musahar women; improving accountability of local government authorities and enhancing collaboration of Civil Society, Media and Government stakeholders

Approach

Human rights-based approaches focusing on three operational approaches;

  • Empowerment: Musahar women leadership and networking;
  • Mutual accountability approach: Local government authorities’ sensitization on gender responsive local governance;
  • Multi-stakeholder partnership approach: Joint efforts of civil society, media and local government.