Nepal Open University

Asia, SDG16.10, SDG16.5, SDG16.6, SDG16.7, SDG16.8, SDG16.9
Lalitpur, Nepal

About Nepal Open University 

Our vision to develop into a leading higher education institution in the country providing higher education and training to mass people through open and distance mode in an affordable way. Out mission is to employ the innovative and effective modern technology to increase the access of education to all sectors, levels and class of people in imparting education and training according to the market needs to prepare them qualified and competent human resource with the spirit of co-existence and full of patriotism and consciousness and with the ability to use those qualities and competencies in work of social development.

Commitment Summary

On behalf of the Nepal Open University, where we conduct a graduate program called Master of Science in Development Management and Governance, and undertake research and teaching on governance, government transparency and accountability, we like to employ our reach out to a network of people in the government, civil society, media and academia to enhance accountability for sustainable goals. Our commitment is on research, engagement and capacity development for inculcating a culture of accountability in government and in the delivery of the SDG targets. We like to contribute knowledge and action for more effective development planning, implementation and accountability.

Full Commitment 

Our commitment is on research, engagement and capacity development for inculcating a culture of accountability in government and in the delivery of the SDG targets. We like to contribute knowledge and action for more effective development planning, implementation and accountability. As a faculty member (Associate Professor), teaching three principal courses – a) development philosophy and theories, b) development planning and implementation, and c) accountability and ethics in public offices, I engage with students who are drawn from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international banks, United Nations agencies, and private sector, I like to develop a base of informed and committed people who like to hold the government accountable to deliver its developmental commitments. We also engage in research and engagement for anti-corruption, participation, transparency and accountability in development project planning and implementation. We are planning to work with National Planning Commission on how it utilizes evaluation evidence and knowledge in more effective, timely and economical completion of major projects. We also engage with a Nepal-based VOPE (voluntary organization of professional evaluators) called “community of evaluators” to consolidate evaluation capacity in the country. We are currently engaging with the NPC on voluntary national review process. Another process we wish to engage is to influence policies of the Government of Nepal to create or strengthen laws and institutions and oversight mechanisms for a more responsible use of public funds when it comes to development – social sector, infrastructure sector, economic development or the environmental conservation. This also concerns with promoting more product resource mobilization for preventing or mitigating disasters especially those related to earthquakes, floods, landslides and mass-wasting. We also take the opportunity to document and share more widely in South Asia, Asia-Pacific and beyond the largely liberal and participatory modes in which civil society groups can play their roles in the development process and holding governments accountable. Accountability agenda and frameworks provide us insights from the constitutional political process to oversight institutions to the rich grassroots process of social accountability. From Nepal we can offer a very rich local processes of holding service providers and government agencies accountable for what they do, how they do and what they do not do, and why. While doing so and contributing to national and international knowledge, action and sharing process, we hope to learn from international experience and bring useful lessons to national stakeholders. We really hope to have access to this very resourceful TAP network.