In order to capacitate 14 civil society organisations of USAID-funded Civil Society: Mutual Accountability Project to undertake oversight of public service delivery and public resources use, MITRA Samaj conducted ‘Training on Public Service Oversight’ in Kathmandu on December 13 to 15.
The training was focused on clarifying the roles of CSOs, international/national non-government organisations, and media in public service oversight, along with the roles of citizens, political parties, elected people’s representatives (local, provincial, and federal).
Lead Trainer of the training Mr Binod Kumar Bhattarai led the training in various headings, including concept of public and private goods, concept and scope of public service oversight, approaches in measuring the effectiveness of public service oversight, and differences between social accountability and public service oversight.
Dr. Shibesh Chandra Regmi, President of Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN) and Advisor of MITRA Samaj gave a birds’ eye view on roles played by I/NGOs in public service oversight and discoursed on the emergence of CSOs and their effectives in public service oversight.
Similarly, Dr. Mahendra Bista, advisor of MITRA Samaj and former President of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), one of the national partners of CS:MAP, focused on media coverage and its effectiveness in public service oversight. Dr. Bista underscored the roles, coordination and networking of national and local media in oversight of public services delivery and resource use.
Prem Ojha, Civil Society Director of FHI360, led a session on conflict sensitivity and highlighted on ‘Do No Harm Principle’ while conducting oversight of public resource use and public service delivery.
Kathmandu Living Labs, one of the ISO (Intermediary Services Organisation) of CS:MAP, led a session to introduce ‘Sajha Sabha’, an open digital environment for bringing citizens, government, private sectors, and local organizations in one place to engage and interact on issues of public concern.
The training concluded with drafting of action plans in public service oversight.