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PRAN

 

 

At a glance

Country / Provinces:

Initial phase: 46 Districts out of 75
Second phase: 15 districts

Beneficiaries:

Initial phase: 104 Nepali Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
Second phase: 30 Nepali Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Length:

Initial phase: September 2010 - September 2014
Second phase: July 2015 – December 2016

Budget:

Initial phase: World Bank: US$ 2,207,000 in initial phase

  • State and Peace-building Fund (SPBF): US$ 1,407,000
  • Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF): 
    US$ 800,000
    Second phase: World Bank: US$ 950,000

Source: Multi Donor Trust Fund

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 Program for Accountability in Nepal (PRAN) is a World Bank program and it was officially launched in November 2010. PRAN seeks to respond to the enormous governance and development challenges that Nepal by developing the capacity of civil society and government actors to promote social accountability. Initially it was financed through State and Peace Building Trust Fund (SPBF). In 2012, PRAN received funding from another trust fund "Nepal Public Financial Management Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Strengthening Civil Society Organizations' use of Social Accountability to improve Public Financial Management in Nepal" to strengthen citizens' engagement particularly on Public Financial Management (PFM) issues at the local and national level for the period of 2012 to 2014.

In this context, the concept of strengthening the demand side along with the supply side of Public Financial Management (PFM) was built into the start of the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF).  While the MDTF supply side component has been assisting the Government of Nepal (GoN) directly, the World Bank’s Program for Accountably in Nepal (PRAN) has taken on responsibility for the demand side of PFM.  In this regard, this current phase (July, 2015-December, 2016) of MDTF/PRAN2 has sought to ensure that CSOs are instrumental for building sustainable and functional community-local government relations for exercising accountability more effectively through the use of Social Accountability (SAc) tools to improve PFM in particular

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)

Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) second phase

2011 - 2012

2013

2013 - 2014

2015-2016

30

31

43

30

Second phase of PRAN has covered 15 districts of Nepal out of 75

Main results achieved so far:

  • Reached directly to about 117,685 citizens and about 11 million people are indirectly benefitted by the program (particularly from radio program and PSAs).
  • Critical mass of social accountability practitioners developed at local level.
  • Citizens' awareness rose on their role, responsibility and right, and has been started to knock the door of service providers for the delivery of quality services on time.
  • Increased effective implementation of entitlements i.e. social security allowances because of active role has been played by the local structures like Ward Citizen Forums (WCFs), Citizen Awareness Centers (CACs) etc. after the intervention of PRAN.
  • Grievance Redress Mechanisms has been established in the village development committees (VDCs) which have contributed in the maintenance of transparency and holding the service provider accountable.
  • The record and necessary documents related with Social Security Allowance has been updated at local level.
  • The participation of disadvantaged groups  including women and dalit in local level activities like in planning process has been increased.