Nepal’s transition to a federal governance structure has provided new avenues for subnational governments, civil society and media to deepen partnerships at the subnational level for more inclusive development, paving the way for a diverse citizenry’s access to development activities, especially those within the intersectionality of gender, economic status, ethnicity and location. Within this context, USAID Civil Society and Media (CSM) is supporting the government of Nepal’s vision for inclusive development through more transparent, accountable and responsive civil society and media. With an overarching goal to support subnational civil society and media led by and for Nepali women, youth and parts of local communities at risk of being left behind, USAID CSM primarily focuses on Lumbini and Madhesh provinces, with some activities in Kathmandu. The program is advancing the guiding priority of making more publicly available funding opportunities to local organizations to advance their community priorities and interests, reinforcing Nepal's local capacities to lead local solutions to some of its most pressing development challenges. CSM is funded by USAID through the Civil Society and Media – Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) Leader with Associates Award, led by The Asia Foundation in partnership with Pact.
Led by Jhpiego, MCGL is part of a global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. Pact is strengthening referral systems, building the capacity of local entities and organizations to better plan, prepare, manage and finance their programs, and strengthening the strategic planning and management capacity of national governments to improve health services.
The Social Accountability in the Health Sector (SAHS) Programme aims to improve citizen engagement to improve accountability in health sector in Nepal. SAHS focuses on collaborating with civil society groups, national policy actors, and government health institutions to understand the challenges and deepen social accountability efforts in the health sector. Through the recommendations from situational analyses, applied political economy analyses and multi-stakeholder dialogue, key health sector actors will be able to implement more effective social accountability initiatives. The project ultimately contributes to Nepal’s National Health Sector Programme III, which is designed to improve health services in Nepal, particularly for socially excluded groups.