KATHMANDU: Mayors, deputy mayors, chief administrative officers among other officials of three municipalities of Lumbini Province underwent training on ‘Leadership for Economic Governance’.
The two-day training organised by Daayitwa aimed at strengthening the leadership capacity of senior municipal representatives and officials. As many as 40 municipal representatives and officials from Musikot (Gulmi), Sunwal (Nawalparasi) and Tilottama (Rupandehi) municipalities attended the training.
Addressing the participants at the closing ceremony of the two-day training, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Rajendra Prasad Shrestha said, “If political and administrative leadership can work together in efficient and effective coordination then all the resources available in Nepal can be well managed and the country can then progress towards a productive economy and sustainable development”.
The training aimed to provide insights to the local municipal representatives and officials on issues like good public policy, the behavioural approach of public service delivery, domestic youth employment, law for local development, economic vision of federalism, evidence-based policymaking, public-private partnership, local government financing, and integrity culture. It is expected that the training would make them aware and sensitive to these issues, and the policy leadership capacity of the local government will be enhanced to address such issues of public interest.
On the occasion, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Kalyan Shrestha, encouraged the participants by highlighting the issues they should focus on while drafting new policies at the local municipal levels.
The Leadership for Economic Governance (LEG) training curriculum is divided into six modules under which the third module ‘Shaping the Economic Vision of Local Government’ and the fourth module ‘Enhancing Performance of Public Service Delivery’ were completed in two days.
Various sessions under these modules were conducted by former Chief Justice Shrestha; Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority, Sushil Gyawali; Former Ambassador to Japan and former Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, Kedar Bhakta Mathema; Former secretaries to government, Krishna Gyawali and Kashi Raj Dahal; Joint Secretary of MoFAGA, Vishnu Datta Gautam; Deputy Team Leader of Economic Policy Incubator, Hira Mani Ghimire; Senior Social Protection Specialist of World Bank, Jasmine Rajbhandari; Local Financing Expert Pawan Lohani and the Executive Coach of Nepal Leadership Academy and the Founder and Chairman of Daayitwa, Pukar Malla.
Addressing the closing ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University, Bhola Thapa, said that this LEG training conducted by Daayitwa was a much-needed capacity building training for municipal officials and representatives. He added, “KU is doing homework on bringing up a new course on ‘local governance’ for the upcoming generations.
The first and second modules of the training were conducted last month in Pokhara, Kaski district in which the issues like economic governance, economic politics approach and analysis, inclusive municipal governance, adaptive leadership, introduction to leadership and leaders, leadership of innovation, self-motivation and empathy, and service mentality were highlighted.
The training has been conducted under the project ‘Leadership for Economic Governance’ that is currently running in Musikot, Sunwal and Tilottama municipalities from August 2021. The project aims to accelerate Nepal’s inclusive economic growth by strengthening the leadership and innovation capacity of municipal governments to play an active role in their communities to promote youth employment and to address the structural barriers. The LEG project in these three municipalities is the collaborative effort of Daayitwa, Nepal Leadership Academy and Governance Lab with the support from Lang Center for Civic Responsibility at Swarthmore College and the US Embassy, Nepal.