Over the past three decades, Nepal’s development context has changed significantly, the regulatory context has been streamlined by the state, but the organizational capacity of CSOs remains challenging to contribute significantly to the changing development discourse and requires more comprehensive support for institutional strengthening and capacity development. The future of the sector lies in supporting local civil society actors alongside strengthening government systems, but the processes and systems to support such locally-led action are so far minimal.
The current five-year National Development Plan (NDP) 2019-2024 recognizes the role of CSOs in the priority sectors of the Plan. Likewise, the European Union’s Multi-Annual Indicative Program (MIP) 2021-2027 also emphasizes the sector of good governance and in particular the area of government and civil society.
To better serve local CSOs, People in Need (PIN) Nepal, inspired by the EU Delegation’s MIP and the Government of Nepal’s NDP, has launched a new platform called “Civil Society Now” (CSN). The CSN was officially launched in March 2022 and has recently completed its start-up phase and is now in the process of being launched. “At PIN, we envision an approach to reverse power dynamics whereby we provide capacity building services to local civil society organizations (CSOs) so that they can directly access and manage international donor funding. PIN itself has grown from a small civil society organization in the Czech Republic to a trusted partner of institutional donors operating in over 20 countries. This recent growth means it has a living memory of its own organizational development, remembering and understanding the needs of small organizations and the pathways to setting the required standards,” said Camila Garbutt, head of PIN’s global technical advisory unit.
PIN has opened up its internal fundraising, accountability, donor compliance, and program management systems to provide local CSOs with the resources to build their own to effectively access and manage international donor funding. Currently, the CSN platform aims to contribute to the development, growth and empowerment of local civil society organizations in Nepal and Mongolia, as initiated from these two countries to begin with. Nepal has a very vibrant and effective civil society and CSOs contribute enormously through their various services. Services provided to members would be resource templates, internal guidance materials, walk-in sessions on topics requested by members, and counseling support.
About People in Need (PIN): The CEO and co-founder of PIN is Simon Pánek, one of the student activists during the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. PIN is an active member of the European Partnership for Democracy as well as a framework partner of the European Commission for the development of civil society. PIN launched its programming in Nepal in 2015, when it provided an emergency response to the April 25, 2015 earthquake. Later, PIN continued to work in Nepal through its three program areas Disaster Preparedness and Response. Emergencies, Resilience and Nutrition Security, Social Inclusion and Protection, and has implemented various projects in these three program areas. Good governance and capacity building of CSOs have been integrated into these projects.
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