A national survey on governance

A government initiative aims to create evidence-based knowledge through a public survey on the quality of governance in Nepal.

A new agreement was signed between The Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) and the Governance Facility (GF) on 8 August 2017 to conduct a nationally representative and statistically robust survey on the public perceptions of governance. The survey aims to create evidence to set the foundations right for good governance in the context of the ongoing political transformation in Nepal.

“Such evidence is considered an essential input for the policy makers and practitioners, who are working on creating structures, institutions, and processes,” said an official from the NASC, which is leading the survey, together with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and supported by the GF. The survey will document public perception on the current state of governance and expectations, along with the working of elected representatives and other public authorities and actors.

With the current situation—the elections of local governments, and upcoming elections of the provincial and federal parliaments keenly awaited—the initiative offers a unique opportunity to understand how the change and transformation in public governance could be envisioned, said officials from the NASC.

The survey aims to know the citizens’ understanding of decision-making by public officials on matters affecting their lives, their assessment of the process of decision-making, and their preference for how changes could be designed. The results of the survey, accordingly, will provide feedback on the effectiveness of the new tiers of government to be established in the local, provincial and federal jurisdictions and thus feed in to designing and implementing revisions.

The survey will complement the efforts of the NASC and other government agencies for a strengthened and accountable governance. For instance, this survey will provide reliable evidence for the efforts of NASC in its capacity-building of civil service and state institutions. It will also complement the results of the parallel work on competency mapping for civil service personnel to design targeted capacity development programs, targeting the new state structure and their new mandates spread across the three tiers (local, provincial and federal).

“The national governance survey will provide us with a stocktaking of popular perceptions of the situation as-it-is, and will give an indication of where reforms and transformations would be more pressing and desirable,” said NASC’s Executive Director Punya Prasad Neupane.