The effective management of the SCS 2018-21 will be assured through: (1) its aid modalities and strategic partnerships with Swiss implementing organisations and key bilateral and multilateral development partners; (2) the systematic integration of cross-cutting themes; (3) by applying reconstruction and disaster risk reduction as transversal programmes (4) explicit geographic and beneficiary targeting; and (5) a diverse and competent workforce.
Aid Modalities and Strategic Partnerships
Switzerland continues to apply a mix of aid modalities. Taking into account Nepal’s Development Cooperation Policy (2014), country systems are strengthened wherever possible, especially in order to support the emerging institutions of the new federal state. Considering existing Swiss implementing agencies as strategic partners, in particular, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation with its important network of field staff, are critical to sustaining the Swiss contribution to federalism and inclusion across Nepal. This potential is duly reflected in all future tenders for implementation services. Close coordination and joint programming continues with like-minded development partners in order to leverage Switzerland’s influence beyond its own financial reach.
Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) and the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) are systematically integrated into the programme portfolio and the institutional arrangements of the Embassy in order to challenge prevalent power relations and to advance the socio-economic and political status of women and discriminated groups. These objectives are achieved by (a) promoting political leadership and decision making by women and discriminated groups; (b) improve their access to assets, services, and state resources; (c) strengthening capacity and understanding of right holders, duty bearers and responsibility bearers to achieve a systemic transformation of institutions; (d) enhancing the institutional competence of the Embassy and its projects and partners for a systemic application of the transversal themes; and (e) improving monitoring, GESI statistics, and evidence based policy advocacy and knowledge management and learning systems.
The systemic transformation of institutions is supported by building knowledge, skills and behaviours of duty bearers to plan, implement and monitor policies and programmes that address the needs and concerns of women and discriminated groups. Switzerland continues its technical support to the International Development Partner GESI Working Group and to other stakeholders through research and capacity development initiatives on GESI and HRBA in the context of federalisation.
Geographic and Beneficiary Targeting
A concentration in Province 1 allows for the better creation of synergies between the three domains, and for feeding knowledge and experiences from the local level into the policy and political dialogues and donor coordination at federal and province level. The shift of resources and of programmatic focus into Province 1 is done gradually over the course of the strategy period.
In terms of beneficiary targeting, the strategy primarily targets women and members of socially discriminated groups. Each intervention sets explicit quantitative targets to ensure benefits for these groups as they are considered the key agents of transformative development. An important number of them now occupy elective positions in the newly formed local governments. Specific targets are also applied to every intervention in order to define the number of beneficiaries which are from disadvantaged groups, or which are from a migrant family background.