Niti Foundation is a Nepali non-profit organization that funds policy research, innovations, and alternatives. With local and international support, Niti promotes individual and organizational initiatives that strengthen policy engagement and ownership capacity in Nepal. Through its funding and technical assistance, Niti also enables access to intellectual resources and platforms for policy discourse and contestation. Niti was established in June 2010 with initial funding from a group of policy entrepreneurs in Nepal and Open Society Institute, and institutional support and technical assistance from The Asia Foundation.
Date: February 20, 2013
Venue: Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC), Jawalakhel
Time: 9.30 am to 5 pm
Participation by invitation only
Niti Foundation and Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) are jointly organizing a seminar on Public Policy Management. Within the changing socio-political context of the Nepali state, there is increasing pressure on the bureaucracy to enable an effective democratic public policy management regime. Remaining within structural and procedural reforms in the bureaucracy for public policy management, the objective of this seminar is to bring together key stakeholders from the government, civil society and academia to explore the context and challenges of instituting a broader policy management framework within the government as the first step towards initiating public policy process reform. The scope of deliberation of this policy seminar will encompass the following key themes:
In order to develop an inclusive policy process that honors Nepal’s cultural values and capitalizes on its wealth of human capital, Niti with a support from The Asia Foundation Nepal commissioned the diagnostics study of Nepali public policy process as part of its effort to build sustainable, in-country capacity for policy deliberation and policy making under the (still evolving and much hoped for) new constitution. The study was lead by Prof. Deborah Stone, the author of Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making (1988).
The study also finds that weak citizen participation, ineffective policy implementation, and lack of accountability of public officials as three key factors behind failure of public policies in Nepal. Niti Foundation believes that the issues of representation, implementation, and accountability will remain policy challenges and hence has decided to concentrate its effort on these issues.
Policy making in a democracy must fulfill three key functions: