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CD-Mun (GIZ) supported activities to MuAN


Nepal’s new constitution assigns a wide range of powers and functions to local governments. Local level restructuring has determined 460 rural municipalities and 293 municipalities. Successfully led local elections have re-established mandated political leadership at the local level. With this legitimacy, local leadership’s responsibility is to operate the local government and implement territorial reform.

Project components

 1. National level coordination on capacity development measure

Key actors with nationwide responsibility for the implementation of national reforms are supported in their efforts. Capacities at the system level are strengthened for cross-sectoral cooperation and networking among key actors through expert and process consultations at hantional level coordination platforms consisting of relevant government ministries such as Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MOFAGA), Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN),Town Development Fund (TDF), and Urban Development Training Center (UDTC).


 2. Models for citizen and service oriented administrative structures

Adhering to the principle of “leave no one behind”, municipalitiesa are supported as they develop organizational structures that dispense basic services. Particular focus is on improving access, especially for women, poor, and members of disadvantaged groups. As new functions are to be undertaken by local governments, personnel and organizational capacities at municipalities and change requirements are analyzed with partner municipalities in systematic exchange with local communities. Participatory audits such as social audits identify disadvantaged groups and their needs. On this basis, new and innovative approaches for service delivery are designed and tested.

3. Capacity development for improved municipal services

Municipalities are supported as they prepare and disseminate concepts for improvement of selected municipal services in priority areas of German Development Cooperation in Nepal  such as health, renewable energy, economic development, and disaster management. Ensuring adequate citizen participation, needs are analyzed and specific services in priority areas are selected for improvement. Service modules are shared between partners and surrounding municipalities through peer learning activities. The Municipalities Association of Nepal (MuAN) is an important partner in the implementation of peer learning through its 9 Provincial Municipal Learning Centers (PMLCs) in 7 new provinces of the country. 



  • Local government services were improved especially for women, the poor and disadvantaged groups through the contribution of CD-Mun support measures.
  • Based on information and evidence from the field, national level institutions designed policies and capacity development strategies.
  • Innovative approaches for service delivery were designed and implemented by local governments
  • Partner municipalities were strengthened and have involved women and disadvantaged groups meaningfully in decision making processes.
  • Partner municipalities were in a better position to increase their own source revenues, adopt inclusive planning processes and mobilize administrative staff in the field more effectively based on needs and competence
  • Municipal service delivery was improved in selected sectors and respective experiences were shared nationally in the form of service delivery guidebooks and models.