This report presents the findings of the Nepal National Governance Survey 2017/18 (NNGS 2017/18), which was carried out by Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) in partnership with Central Bureau of Statistics. The new federal structure in Nepal departs from the past in terms of inter-governmental sharing of power and jurisdictions, as well as mutual expectations and obligations between the state and citizens. In this context, this survey set out to establish a national-scale baseline of people’s perceptions about major aspects of governance in the country so as to enable the elected leaders and policy-makers at federal, provincial and local levels to make informed choices on governance and institutional measures needed for the implementation of the new Constitution adopted in 2015. The survey was managed by a Technical Committee of experts and overseen by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from several ministries of the Government of Nepal and others from research organisations involved in governance research and capacity building.
NNGS is part of the ongoing effort of NASC to work with the Government of Nepal and its ministries to inform and steer the transformation of Nepal’s governance system and to conduct capacity development for public institutions. Since its establishment in 1982, NASC is recognized as the leading institution for capacity building of Nepal’s public sector, including government agencies and public enterprises. This mandate is accomplished through three mutually reinforcing activities: training, research and consulting services. As Nepal implements the new constitution, NASC is active in supporting the government during the transition to a federal structure that comprises three levels of polity, each operating under the principles of mutual cooperation, coexistence and coordination.
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