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Country / Provinces:

Nepal, 46 Districts in the Country


104 Nepali Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)


September 2010 - June 2014


World Bank: US$ 2,207,000

  • State and Peace-building Fund (SPBF): 
    US$ 1,407,000
  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF): 
    US$ 800,000

Transparency,  Responsiblity and Accountability for greater efficiency.

In International Development, partnerships between organizations are essential to operating large-scale projects. In Nepal, governance and development challenges are enormous and hence inter-organizational collaboration is crucial.  CECI acts as the Grants Manager for the Program for Accountability in Nepal (PRAN).

The PRAN is a World Bank program to promote demand for good governance in Nepal; and is being implemented in agreement with the Government of Nepal. Initially financed by the State and Peace-building Fund (SPBF) – a Trust Fund at the World Bank, PRAN funding has now been augmented by another Trust Fund namely the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Public Financial Management Reform in Nepal (MDTF-PFM) to implement social accountability programs. The SPBF fund - initially designed for three years until October 2012 - has been extended until December 2013, while MDTF-PFM funding (starting August 2012) will continue until June 2014. PRAN's purpose is to improve governance and institutional performance in Nepal by promoting (through fostering the use of different social accountability tools by Nepali CSOs) more accountable, honest, transparent and responsive government agencies delivering quality services. The MDTF-PFM fund aims at strengthening the transparency, efficiency and inclusiveness of public financial management in Nepal. In order to support enhanced demand-side initiative in the theme of public financial mangement, the MDTF-PFM funding has adopted the overall program logic of PRAN as well as its architecture of program execution.

PRAN has five components of which Component 2 is a recipient-executed independent Grant Making for Action Learning facility, for which CECI has been selected through a competitive process, to perform the role of Grant Management Agency (GMA). The objective of the Component is to carry out certain activities under the PRAN, which aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of CSOs and other non-state actors to effectively promote and implement social accountability approaches in order to enhance government responsiveness, accountability and transparency, with constructive engagement with the government of Nepal. It supports CSOs, through competitive Grants, to pilot Social Accountability innovations and developing Social Accountability tools.

At the same time, it supports Nepali civil society organizations in their commitment to helping citizens in demanding better governance from authorities. It is important that these requests come from the ground up, and from that has a solid foundation in good governance principles itself. Developing accountability is a process that begins with adopting socially responsible practices.

PRAN sub-grants awarded till date :

State and Peace-building Fund  (SPBF)

Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF)

2011 - 2012


2013 - 2014




PRAN sub-grant CSOs work in 46 (out of 75) districts of Nepal in all five development regions.

Main results achieved by sub-grant CSOs in 2011- 2012 :

  • The first round of PRAN sub-grantees had 59,947 direct beneficiaries of which 39% were women. There is increased participation of women in planning meetings and local level council meetings.
  • Restitution of resources to the intended right holders: Following awareness campaigns and dissemination of results of SA tools, citizens demanded that local budget be allocated and expended for development of disadvantaged groups as per government procedures. For instance, in Arghakhanchi district, Rs. 62, 829 were allocated for Dalit women’s income generation through goat farming enterprises.
  • CSOs have formed and mobilized citizen groups such as Citizen Support Council, Citizen Juries, and Civil Forum Network. These groups ensure that local level budget preparation is need-based and that priorities of various marginalized groups are included during budget finalization.
  • Important public services such as drinking water supply, health services and education have improved. For instance, practice of Community Score Card in Nawalparasi district at 21 community schools resulted in increase in attendance rate by 90% and decrease in drop-out rate by 60%.
  • More than 100 volunteers were mobilized by CSOs during implementation of SA tools. The volunteers were trained on key components of social accountability and are determined to continue advocating for improved government services.
  • Citizen Charter, an official document which lists the services provided by the government agencies, timeframe, fee and official responsible for the service, have been placed at target government office buildings which has improved service delivery.
  • Enabling environment created for constructive engagement between citizens and service providers through various forms of interface meetings and public hearings.
  • Communities have been being benefitted by budget literacy and awareness raising activities carried out by CSOs. The communities have become aware of their entitlements at the level of local government and informed of the processes of access to such entitlements.



List of Project Concept Notes Shortlisted for Inviting Full Project Proposal (Category 1, Batch 3 / Public Service Delivery)

List of Project Concept Notes Shortlisted for Inviting Full Project Proposal (Category 1, Batch 4 / Public Financial Management)

List of selected CSOs – Result of FPP evaluation (Small Grant, Batch 3 / Public Service Delivery)

List of selected CSOs - Result of FPP evaluation (Large Grant, Batch 3 / Public Service Delivery)

List of selected CSOs - Result of FPP evaluation (Large grant, Batch 4 / Public Financial Management)

List of selected CSOs - Result of FPP evaluation (Small Grant, Batch 4 / Public Financial Management)

List of selected CSOs – Result of FPP evaluation (Small Grant, Batch 4 / additional -- Public Financial Management)

Summary of 30 Small Sub-grants Awarded by CECI (MDTF/PFM)



Program overview

Grant Making Committee


GMC Code of Conduct

Search Committee for GMC

  PRAN Booklet 1

CECI Grant Summary Table 


Social accountability leads to buses in Nepal (World Bank's blog - April 26, 2013)