Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Strengthened Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in Nepal Project
(Nepal ROL Project)

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The Strengthened Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights in Nepal Project (Nepal ROL Project) has been structured by USAID to support Nepali initiatives for strengthening the rule of law, developing respect for human rights, improving access to justice for the poor and disenfranchised and contributing to a more transparent, accountable and effective government. The Nepal Rule of Law Project, operated by ARD, Inc., addresses the USAID/Nepal Strategic Objective (SO) 7, Strengthened Governance of Natural Resources and Selected Institutions.

Program Objectives

To achieve a more participatory, representative and accountable democracy through the Nepal Rule of Law Project, ARD is engaging beneficiaries, members of civil society organizations, international donors, and counterpart judicial and other Government of Nepal agency officials as partner stakeholders in the implementation of Project activities. To the extent possible and feasible, these Project partners are encouraged to participate in the design, implementation, and performance monitoring and evaluation of Project activities and tasks. The overall performance monitoring and evaluation effort, designed and supported by MetaMetrics Inc., documents and measures the progress of the Rule of Law Project in achieving USAID/Nepal programmatic results and objectives.

USAID strategic objectives and the associated intermediate results guide the collection of monitoring and evaluation information. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) will serve to track the ongoing ROL Project results and support the ongoing and constructive review of Annual Workplan activities for the adoption of feasible and effective approaches to implementation. Where feasible and applicable, gender and caste disaggregated information is being collected.

Participatory M&E Methodology

The participation of stakeholder civil society and judicial sector organizations in Nepal ROL Project activities including M&E will keep key Nepali officials and citizens informed on the Project progress, results, and impact. The participatory approach through supporting transparent, accountable, and responsive democratic engagement is intended to directly affect public sector and civil society action on the issues of rule of law, anti-corruption, equity for women and disenfranchised groups, and environmental law. Through the participation of both governmental and non-governmental actors, democratic institutions will be directly strengthened and citizen confidence in the judiciary and anti-corruption agencies may be increased.

As the small business subcontractor to ARD, MetaMetrics Inc. is providing the basic technical assistance for the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists work with long-term local and key expatriate technical staff to support the collection and analysis of results and program descriptive information as directly related to Annual Workplan activities. Technical support is being provided over the three year Nepal ROL Project period for M&E Plan implementation and the writing of annual performance monitoring and evaluation reports.

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