• Executive Director, Mr. Mohan Das Manandhar at a National Seminar on Sustainable Development. Niti Foundation supported  Ministry of Environment Science and Technology and the National Planning Commission to organize this [...]

  • Professor Deborah Stone addressing Friends of Niti at a reception on the occasion of Niti Foundation’s Second Year Anniversary.

  • Nobel Laureate Professor Elinor Ostrom giving her keynote speech during the launch of Niti in Dec. 2010.


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.

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Discourse on Philosophies of Constitutional Democracy and Public Policy

Call for Participation

Nepal Administrative Staff College, Center for Development and Policy Management in collaboration with Niti Foundation and Alliance for Social Dialogue is jointly organizing a six event discourse series on Philosophies of Constitutional Democracy and Public Policy from September 6, 2013 to October 4, 2013 at Nepal Adminstrative Staff College premises, Jawalakhel. Applications are invited from senior bureaucrats, political party representatives, civil society leaders, academicians and media professionals.

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Policy Diagnostic Report: A Brief

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:

  1. Representation: citizens must have a way to make their problems and needs known to government officials, and a way to make demands on officials to use government to address their problems.
  2. Implementation: once public officials pass laws and regulations, there must be systems for putting these policies into practice, or to put it another way, for translating words on paper into human actions.
  3. Accountability: there must be mechanisms by which officials are monitored, evaluated, and sanctioned when they have not met their responsibilities to carry out policy.