40 Public Servants of Three Municipalities Trained on Leadership for Economic Governance(LEG). The training has been conducted under the project Leadership for Economic Governance that is currently running in Musikot, Sunwal, and Tilottama municipality from August 2021.

The project, 'Leadership for Economic Governance- LEG' is a municipality-based operation that will strengthen the leadership capacity of the municipal government of three municipalities- Tilottama, Musikot and Sunwal, to identify and address the challenges of youth employment. The project will be implemented in four phases: 

Phase I : Steering Committee Formation: A Steering Committee, chaired by the Mayor and with pertinent representatives from political committees and administrative divisions, and key societal stakeholders will be formed. The Committee will be oriented to understand the key aspects of economic growth and governance leadership and apply the understanding to recognize the issue of youth employment. During scoping sessions, the Committee will brainstorm and determine a focus area for the municipality to take collective policy action.

Phase II : Leadership Capacity Building: The Committee will begin receiving leadership and policy innovation training to strengthen its capacity to promote opportunities for youth employment in the municipality. The course will have two components: i) understanding key facets of economic policy reform, and ii) developing a leadership lens to policy actions. The training will be implemented in three sets of 2-day modules across phases II and III. 

Phase III : Collective Action Initiative: The Committee will authorize a Task Force, of pertinent members of the municipality and community stakeholders, to create an action plan in the determined focus area of youth employment generation and deliver tangible results in 100 days. During the stakeholder orientation, the task force will receive feedback from senior government officials. A review workshop will kick off the first day, followed by review sessions at the end of each 25-day quarter of the 100-day initiative. On the hundredth day, the task force will present the final results and project learning and the Committee will decide on the best course of action to scale up the learning.

Phase IV : Knowledge Sharing: The knowledge sharing phase will deliberately engage the dialogue about the role of innovation in economic governance. The learnings from the project will be used to inform op-eds and articles for related journals, as well as video stories wherein stakeholders will share their insights and observations. Finally, a Governance Symposium will be held on the hundredth day to share project findings and development with relevant stakeholders and government officials.

The activities in each of the four phases contribute to enhancing the leadership and innovation capacity of the local government so it can effectively address the problem of youth unemployment and create innovative strategies to address the challenge. The project aims to accelerate Nepal's inclusive economic growth by strengthening the leadership and innovation capacity of municipal governments to play an active role in their communities to promote youth employment and to address the structural barriers. The LEG project in these three municipalities is the collaborative effort of Daayitwa, Nepal Leadership Academy, and Governance Lab with the support from Lang Center for Civic Responsibility at Swarthmore College and the US Embassy, Nepal.

LEG training for municipal representatives and officials:

Aiming to strengthen the leadership capacity of senior municipal representatives and officials, Leadership for Economic Governance- LEG training is given to the Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chief Administrative Officers, and other officials of the three municipalities. Four of the six modules of LEG Training have been completed over two-day events that happened at Pokhara and Dhulikhel in November and December respectively. All together 40 public servants from the three municipalities participated. 

The first and second modules of the training covered the topics like economic governance, economic politics approach and analysis, inclusive municipal governance, adaptive leadership, introduction to leadership and leaders, the leadership of innovation, self-motivation and empathy, and service mentality.

The third and the fourth modules highlighted the issues like good public policy, the behavioral approach of public service delivery, domestic youth employment, law for local development, economic vision of federalism, evidence-based policymaking, public-private partnership, local government financing, and integrity culture. It is hoped that the training will make them aware and sensitive to these issues, and the policy leadership capacity of the local government will be enhanced to address such issues of public interest.



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