- Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- ForestAction Nepal
Can Evidence and Voice Influence Policy? A Critical Assessment of Nepal's Forestry Sector Strategy, 2014
Ojha, Hemant R.; Jana, Sudeep; Bushley, Bryan; Dhungana, Sindhu Prasad; Paudel, Dinesh; Khatri, Dil B.; Shrestha, Krishna K.; Bhattarai, Basundhara; Baral, Jagadish C.; Basnett, Bimbika Sijapati; Goutam, Keshab; Sunam, Ramesh; Banjade, Mani R.
This article examines Nepal's recently prepared Forestry Sector Strategy (FSS) (as of 2014) in terms of the use of scientific evidence and the quality of stakeholder participation. By reviewing the content and analyzing the context of its development during 2012-2014, we found that the transitional politics and overt influence of international development agencies dominated the process and content of the FSS. Although the FSS was developed through a significant stakeholder engagement, there was limited use of the available scientific evidence. The FSS was narrowly conceived as a deliverable of supporting aid programs, with limited demand for a politically meaningful policy processes. While civil society groups were consulted, they largely failed to present an independent voice due to their dependence on funding agencies. Our assessment calls for rethinking policy development in a way that facilitates assertive and independent participation by a range of actors and make better use of the available research.
community forestry, development, evidence-based policy, foreign aid, policy process
Society and Natural Resources
2016, Volume: 29, number: 3, pages: 357-373
Future Forests (until Jan 2017)
SLU Future Forests
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG5 Gender equality
UKÄ Subject classification
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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