TRANSFORMING SOCIETIES THROUGH POLICY INNOVATIONS
Why invest in policy research?
Despite numerous democratic reforms and social movements, policymaking in Nepal is limited to normative procedures and the country is yet to institutionalize evidence-based democratic standards of policymaking. Some pressing questions in the Nepali policymaking process are as follows: are policies responsive and fact-based? Do policy contents, processes, and outcomes satisfy desirable democratic criteria?
Often times in Nepal, there is disconnect between social science research and policymaking, turning policymaking entirely into a partisan affair or an opinion-based endeavor. The institutions that are responsible for policy implementation, such as political parties, bureaucracy, civil society organizations, legislatures, and media often fail to include evidence-based research. On the other hand, external agencies such as international financial institutions and donor agencies dominate the policy making process. A quick explanation to this paradox is the lack of required indigenous capacity to contest or to formulate policy alternatives.
Similarly, there is a close relationship between the concept of governance and the process of public policymaking. But in Nepal an explicit process or governance-related criteria is yet to evolve for policymakers to contrast policy options or assess past performances. In addition, public policy is at best seen and practiced as a sectoral prerogative, with both content and process limited to sectoral experts. The challenge is that each sector has an implicit notion of a good policy that covers the realm of that particular discipline. Failing to integrate the criteria from different social disciplines defies the norms of making successful policy in a democratic setting.
Niti Foundation Policy Research Fund is a step towards addressing the multidisciplinary challenges that exist in public policy sphere in Nepal. By supporting initiatives of Nepali individuals and institutions, Niti Foundation seeks to transform policymaking into a more informed, transparent, responsive, and effectively implemented enterprise.
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