From 24 to 26 August 2016, Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP-II), Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), organized a three day induction training in Hetauda to the focal persons (FPs) of LGCDP, working at District Development Committees (DDCs) and Municipalities situated in the area of Regional Coordination Unit. The objective of the training was to improve the understanding of the LGCDP focal persons on their roles and responsibilities regarding the programme. More specially, the training aimed at familiarizing the major provisions of Local Self Governance Act 2055, Local Self-governance Regulation 2056, Local Body Financial Regulation Act 2064, Minimum Conditions and Performance Measurements (MCPMs), among others; develop the common understanding among the FPs about the roles of the FPs in LGCDP; and enhance their capacity to support the local bodies in planning, and to ensure the effective service delivery and downward and upward accountability. Since the new fiscal year, the service of District Governance Expert (DGE), Urban Governance Expert (UGE) was discontinued. Therefore, training was organized to smoothen the work of local bodies as per the LGCDP requirements. Altogether, 46 focal persons from nine DDCs and 37 municipalities situated in this region participated the training. Most of the focal person- participants representing their respective DDCs were those who are working as the secretary of Local Development Fund (LDF) and social development officer. Participants from municipalities were the engineers.
Mr. Chhabi Rijal, National Programmme Maneger, and other thematic specialists at PCU provided the training on various issues of LGCDP II. Mr. Kishan Neupane, acting Local Development Officer, Makawanpur DDC and Mr. Shankar Upadhyay, acting Executive Officer, Hetauda sub-metropolitan city expressed their opinion about importance of LGCDP. The training was conducted in the lecture cum interaction method. However, a number of motivational video clips were shown to the participants during the technical sessions. During the training, participants raised various practical issues and challenges of implementing LGCDP programme at local level. The National Programme Manager and the thematic experts responded those issues.