Approval letter The report entitled ³Summary Recording´ completed by Mr.

Rohit Sharma under the guidance and supervision of,

««««««««««. Faculty Supervisor, Nepal College of Development Studies Department of Social work & Rural Development Tribhuwan University Kathmandu, Nepal

Acknowledgement
A society or a human society is a group of people related to each other through persistent relations such as social status, roles and social networks. A large social grouping that shares the same geographical territory and is subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations. The main of the society is to develop the status of livelihoods. On this regard, I as a Social Worker believe in the positive change in the society and in the phase of practicing Social Work, I was positioned in an NGo for about 8 weeks. In the first stage, introduction of the issue and its laws are explained. After the introduction part, there will be the introduction of the organization that I have worked with. It includes the history, vision, mission, objectives, organization structure, and funding of the organization. In the second stage, issues focused activities like discussion, observation, interview, case study and home visit are project objectives and encounter & experiences are made clear. Feedback for the organization and references are also included in addition of topic will be beneficial for the organization and for my further days. I would like to acknowledge some of the special people for their immense help and support, without their presence it wouldn·t have been possible for me to discover new-fangled things in my practice. Dr. Balaraju Nikku, Head of Department, Nepal College of Development Studies, who always encouraged me to explore new ideas and put into practice. Ms. Binita Shrestha, faculty supervisor, Nepal College of Development Studies, who gave me continuous support and guided me to correct my errors. Ms. Prerana Shakya, Information Associate, Municipal Association of Nepal, who welcomed me as a trainee in the organization and helped me to meet my objectives for which I was positioned in the organization. Lastly I wish to offer my sincere gratitude and thanks to all the staffs of MuAn who had directly and indirectly helped me in my learning process. Furthermore, I also want to thank all the family of Nepal School of Socail Work. I do except all the Constructive Suggestions!! -Rohit Sharma

This field report has been given final approval by the Department of Social Work and Rural Development, Nepal College of Development studies, Tribhuwan University Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Introduction:

Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) was established in 2050 B.S. with a vision to make cities autonomous, prosperous and self reliant. After the local election in 1992, a concrete effort was made to bring all municipalities of the Kingdom of Nepal under a single banner by establishing an association of municipalities. All Mayors and Deputy Mayors gathered in Pokara in 1993 to discuss for the establishment of a leading body of all Nepalese municipalities. The second meeting of Mayors held in Banepa in 1994 proved to be a milestone to pave the way in the process of formalizing Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN). The approval of MuAN Constitution by Constituent Assembly (1995), held in Lalitpur, formalized MuAN as an apex body of all 58 municipalities of Nepal. The first and second General Assemblies held in Mahendranagar (1996) and Hetauda (1997) respectively amended some clauses in the Constitution. Throughout 1994 to 1996, MuAN merely played advocacy role to influence the central government on some legal issues. Since 1997 onward the role and function of MuAN have been expanded in the areas of promoting international relations and providing technical advice and counseling to member municipalities.

Vision:
Develop MuAN as an organization capable to work for overall development and commoninterest of municipal governments in the spirit of decentralization and good governance.

Slogan:
³MuAN for Municipalities´

Objectives of MuAN y y y y y
To lobby and advocate for guaranteeing autonomous local/municipal govt. in the new Constitution. To develop MuAN as pioneer institution for the promotion of Urban Governance by coordinating municipal government and relevant stake holders. To make Municipal Government transparent, responsive accountable. To develop Municipal Government as a capable and strong institutions to provide Urban Services effectively. To develop MuAN as a common platform for enhancing leadership information.

Organization Development Objective:

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At the local government level as an empowering agent amongst municipalities; At the central government level as a negotiating partner for creating a legal and regulatory framework favourable to local self-governance in general and good urban governance in particular; and At the international level by networking with other municipal associations and networks.

Long term Strategies of MuAN:
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Development of effective information sharing mechanism Human Resource Development Consolidation and strengthening institutional capacities Building and maintaining corresponding relationships with concerned bodies for the effective implementation of decentralization Build on more corresponding relationships with the stakeholders Develop collaboration and partnership with other donor organizations Creation of pressure and advocacy at the policy making level.

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS:
United Nation Volunteers (UNV) Urban Development through Local Efforts (GTZ/UDLE) German Development Service (DED) Public private partnership for Urban Environment (PPPUE) Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

MUAN IS THE MEMBER OF FOLLOWING ORGANIZATION
International Council for Local Environment Initiative (ICLEI) Citynet International for Union Local Authorities- Asia Pacific (IULA-ASPAC) Network of Local Government Training and Research

SISTER ORGANIZATION
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Corporate Values:
y y y y Believing in democratic norms and values. Promoting transparency, accountability and inclusiveness Building Common understanding among stake holders. Believing in local self government.

ORGANIZATIONAL STURUCTURE:

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