|Contributor: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)
Contact: Pradeep Itty
by Sagar Raj Prasai
|The creation of village and district councils in the 1980s can be considered as decentralization of government functions. However, behind this policy is the desire of the one-party system to extend its political basis. The article shows that decentralization of the country must go hand in hand with decentralization of society. Only with the democratization process in 1990 did local authorities begin to explain their concept of decentralization. Politicians are reacting more sensitively to the needs and opinions of the citizens, a development which opens up new perspectives for the decentralization process in Nepal.
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