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Nepal Speaks Out for Decentralization

by Mukti Rijal

Nepal is a country with a centralized government and a large rural population. The country's socio-cultural structure is hierarchical and authoritarian. Following democratization in 1990, decentralization was established in the constitution with the objective of involving its citizens more intensely in the country's development. Using the example of women's involvement and the strengthening of civilian society, the article shows that the road from constitutional establishment to actual conversion depends on political determination of the government and its readiness to grant local authorities autonomy from and institutional, administrative, financial and technical point of view.

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