Purnima’s effort to strengthen systems in local governments reaches another height with endorsement of Planning Handbook

Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) of Government of Nepal has recently endorsed a Planning Handbook which helps 753 local governments in the annual planning and budgeting process.

The handbook aims to provide first-hand information on the seven-step planning and budgeting process for local governments by exercising inclusive, participatory, well-managed and impactful planning process. The handbook is an effective tool breaking down each of the seven steps into reader friendly, illustrated text that will also act as an accessible guidance in implementation and monitoring of the planned activities. The handbook is a complete package including all the necessary forms to be filled out and instructions on how to carry out activities.

Purnima, a UK aid funded programme, managed by Mott MacDonald provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) in developing the handbook. The handbook was applied and tested amongst 22 gaunpalikas where Purnima is working and has evolved through feedback from gaunpalika elected representatives and officials.

It is now widely available on the MoFAGA’s website for all municipalities to access and for effective planning.