What is IGD?

Institute for Governance and Development (IGD) is an independent civil society organization committed to promote governance, participation and development. It was established in 2001 by a group working as a multidisciplinary team consisting of professionals and activists from diverse backgrounds including governance, development, rights and participation.

It implements actions in promoting active participation of the citizens in using local resources and capitalizing on social opportunities and facilitating inter-cultural dialogues to appreciate and respect social diversity and cultural heritage. Click here to know more on IGD

What is the main aim of IGD?

IGD aims at promoting initiatives to enhance the rights and entitlement of citizens by increasing their competence to participate in the process of governance and sustainable development. It works to strengthen voice and participation of the citizens in defining their relations with the state. It is also engaged in strengthening local governance where citizens participate in promoting accountability, transparency and effective institutional arrangement to deliver services.

IGD, as the lead is promoting intercultural dialogues and communication to promote respect, tolerance and accommodation among different cultures and cultural groups while building capacity of the indigenous communities to produce and utilize cultural goods and enterprises to enlarge options for livelihood.

With a view to promote harmony in communities and respect to diversity, intercultural dialogues at villages, districts, and central level have been conducted. The dialogues culminated into declaration to inform deliberation and articulate submissions to Constituent Assembly for protection of cultural rights in the new constitution have been conducted. Click here for more

What types of activities are carried out in IGD?

IGD had implemented activities towards “Strengthening the Voice of Marginalized Groups in the Constituent Assembly Process in Nepal”. The activities were implemented in over two dozens districts in the Western and Central Development Regions. A total of fourteen thousand people consisting of fifty two percent women participated in community dialogues. The participants represented diverse demographic composition in the community. One hundred and twenty three facilitators including seventy seven females were trained to facilitate two hundred forty one community dialogues in two hundred twenty four VDCs/ municipalities.

IGD also implemented a mini project on Peace Building through agriculture in several Village Development Committees of four districts in the Central Development Region (Lalitpur, Dolakha, Sindhuli and Ramechhap).

Community Mediation Project (CMP) with the objective of helping communities to resolve disputes and access justice was carried out by IGD at the local level.

How did IGD improve service delivery demanded by local communities?

IGD was part of multi-sectoral imitative at to improving government service delivery and aloLcation to reach out to the poor and the marginalized groups. It extended support to build the capacity of farmer groups/organizations, civil society, and business community to articulate agriculture development needs and to mobilize private and community resources for agriculture.

IGD provided support to local government agencies to improve the quality of service delivery.

IGD facilitated training to farmer groups, civil society groups, and private sector associations to create linkages with government agencies, help articulate realistic expectations of the people to demand service delivery and mobilize in local resources for development.

IGD facilitated and supported the process of mainstreaming governance as crosscutting theme in group governance, service delivery and development project planning. It designed and produced training modules and materials used them in coordination with multi sectoral partners and stakeholders.