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Local Governance and Service Delivery

Orientation on Municipal Information Management System

In the month of June, COMMITTED oriented Waling, Tansen, Tikapur, Damak and Bhimeshwor municipalities on Municipal Information Management System (MIMS).
Key objectives were to aware municipalities on how database management system works, its advantages and the steps towards making municipality digital and smart.
With no doubt, Municipal Information Management System is very useful and reliable system that supports municipality in proper resource management, organized service delivery, disaster management, effective planning and decision making process and so on.
MIMS is an updatable database system which can generate required sectoral data and assists municipalities on proper analysis.

Waling Municipality

Tansen Municipality

Tikapur Municipality

Damak Municipality

Bhimeshwor Municipality

Household and institutional related data required for the development of MIMS were collected, with COMMITTED’s assistance, two years back for the making of Municipal Profile. Development of Municipal Information Management System is one of third phase activities of our ongoing project ‘Enhancement of Local Governance, Service Delivery and Economic Development (EnLoG-SDEG).’

Local Government Comprehensive Plan Working Procedure

Following our ongoing activities for the development of Comprehensive Plan (CP) of five municipalities-Damak, Bhimeshwor, Tansen, Waling & Tikapur, we have also developed a Working Procedure (Karyabidhi) to serve as a guideline for the development of local government comprehensive plans. This guideline will facilitate municipalities to conduct development activities in the immediate timeline, and establish mean and way for amending their comprehensive plan in the future. It further reinforces institutionalization process for the establishment of various citizen centric approaches and mechanisms during the comprehensive plan development.

This guideline is a legal document and can also be adopted as a local act, should the municipalities choose to do so in the future. COMMITTED seeks to provide this model for replication and endorsement for other municipalities seeking to develop their comprehensive plans. The key objectives of the guideline are to establish the following:

  • Provide legal basis for the plan
  • Establish citizen centric structures and process
  • Ensure maximum citizen participation
  • Formulate mechanism to develop the plan
  • Define rights and responsibilities of the mechanism, key actors including citizens
  • Manage issues and priorities
  • Establish process for plan implementation and amendment

The drafted document was sent to all five municipalities for review and comments and with endorsement from the Plan Development Steering Committee, this document has now been endorsed and adopted by the Municipal Executive Bodies of four municipalities. Because of COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, Damak Municipality was not able to endorse the working procedure. The municipality will review and endorse it as soon as the country gets back to normalcy.

This document was developed with the support from our EnLoG-SDEG project funding partner ‘The Asia Foundation (TAF)’ and its Subnational Governance Program partner ‘Public Policy Pathshala’.

Tikapur Municipality- COVID 19 Preparedness Maps

With the increasing number of COVID-19 infected patients in Nepal, COMMITTED has published informative maps of Tikapur Municipality. The maps will assist municipality to identify its citizens who are in greater risk and vulnerable to COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, also help local governments to provide needed services in respective region and minimize the rate of transmission.
Tikapur Municipality, within Kailali District of Sudhurpaschim Province, is one of five municipalities COMMITTED has been working with in the past three years. These maps are generated from census data COMMITTED assisted in collection and publication of a municipal profile document.

Until the present Tikapur Municipality has two COVID-19 designated Isolation Hospitals and four Quarantine Centers.

Designated Hospitals for COVID-19 Outbreak in Nepal

This is a detailed map of hospitals in Nepal designated for the patients of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Data used in the map are sourced from Nepal Government’s Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). The map is produced by GIS unit from COMMITTED.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE!

Link for the map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yD6ZrUVMaY0qXs7PaAncOptDi6Ed9Jj8/view?usp=sharing

SWOT Analysis and Discussion with Municipal Officials

In line with the completion of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) in five municipalities, there was in-house sorting preparation. Based on the feedbacks and information received during FGD, national & local policies and international examples; SWOT analysis was prepared in order to identify municipalities’ strength and weakness along with opportunities and threats. SWOT analysis comprised of 12 different sectors namely: Land Use & Settlement, Health, Disaster and Emergency Response, Transportation, Education, Local Economy Development, Public Works, Environment & Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (GESI), Transparency & Accountability and Cultural Heritage Conservation.

After the SWOT analysis, a team of COMMITTED’s program staffs visited Bhimeshwor municipality in Dolakha District on July 29, 2019. The objective of the visit was to verify SWOT analysis with key informants such as ward chairpersons, relevant sectoral staffs, and interested stakeholders. The participants actively provided their feedbacks and missing agendas during the program.