To develop implementation guidelines and capacity development plans, a national consultant was recruited in August 2014. In consultation with Rupandehi and Dhading Districts, through stakeholder workshops, the consultant drafted the LoCAL implementation guidelines and capacity development plans. Before finalizing the documents, it was necessary to solicit feedback from central level stakeholders. To this end, the central level stakeholder workshop was organized in Kathmandu on 23rd November 2014.
There were a total of 15 participants including representatives from MoFALD/Environment Management Section, UNDP, UNCDF, LGCDP, and SEAM – Nepal. The workshop was Chaired by Mr. Chakra Pani Sharma, Under Secretary in the MoFALD. The other participants of the Workshop include Mr. Vijay Prasad Singh, ACD, UNDP, Mr. Anil Chandrika, and Coordinator, Development Partner Cell among others. Mr. Tek Bahadur Gurung, the expert, presented the draft LoCAL Implementation Guidelines and Capacity Development Plans.
Following the presentation, discussions were held at length and various comments and recommendations were put forth. Some of the key points observed includes:
- Preparing a summary implementation guidelines in Nepali would be very useful
- Strengthening capacities of village level stakeholders and explore innovative options for complementing the existing village development committees’ capacities, for example by engaging local academic institutions or mobilising CAC Leaders and other local volunteers.
- While making performance based grants for climate resilience conditional, the local capacities of the pilot village development committees have to be considered
- It is needed to release LoCAL earmarked grants to the pilot sites as soon as possible
- While provisioning monitoring and reporting mechanism of the LoCAL in the field, it is needed to make the role of exiting Village Supervision and Monitoring Committee and EFLG Committee more effective
- Capacity Development Plans need to address the issue of block grant governance.
- LoCAL capacity development plans need to be linked with the MoFALD's capacity development strategies and plans
- Availing minimum facilities to the village development committees based personnel is necessary to ensure effective implementation and reporting
- Communicating to the village development committees’ secretaries that the LoCAL support is an supplementary input for additional climate change adaptation activities is needed
On the whole, it was realized that the guidelines and capacity development plans will be very useful to successful implementation of LoCAL in Nepal. The consultant was requested to submit the report within three days after receiving feedback from stakeholders. He was also requested to include a short summary of the report in Nepali so that local stakeholders could understand the guidelines easily and clearly.