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The Government of Norway and Switzerland along UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA have signed Joint Financing Arrangement of LGCDP – II with the Government of Nepal on 26 September 2013. Mr. Shanta Raj Subedi, Secretary, Ministry of Finance signed the JFA on behalf of the Government of Nepal while the Head of the Mission signed on behalf of their respective governments.

Participants of the ‘orientation program on blended guideline 2067’ that begun in Nepalgunj on February 6. A total of 85 participants including Local Development Officers, Account Officers, District Technical Officers/DDCs and District Facilitators/LGCDP from fifteen districts and six municipalities are participating in the programme. MLD Joint Secretary Reshmi Raj Pandey facilitated the session.
Participants of the national workshop on ‘Accountability Mechanism Strategy, Guidelines and Manual on Social Audit, Public Audit and Public Hearing for Local Bodies’ organized by Monitoring and Evaluation Section/MLD on January 31 at Hotel Himayaya, Lalitpur. The workshop that brought together a total of 41 persons was attended by MLD Secretary Krishna Gyanwali, Joint Secretary Dinesh Thapaliya, Under Secretaries, DPs and LGCDP Specialists.
Finn Lauritsen, Senior Technical Expert of Quality Assurance Mechanism (QAM) presenting plan of action during thematic group meeting of Output 1 and 2 organized by LGCDP on January 4 at Greenwich Hotel, Lalitpur.
Participants of the four-days-long training on 'District Poverty Monitoring and Analysis System(DPMAS)' organized by NPC and MLD in coordination with LGCDP at Swagatam Hotel in Biratnagar from 2 to 5 January. A total of 24 participants including DDC's information officers, program officers and computer operators from eastern region participated in the training. The training was facilitated by NPC joint secretary Dhurba Prasad Dahal and MLD Section officer Sanubabu Adhikari. MLD under Secretary Dhan Bahadur Shrestha attended the programme as chief guest.

Journalists participating in a national workshop on "Mass Media's Role in Strengthening Local Governance" organized by LGCDP/MLD on December 15 at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur. Media educator Rama Krishna Regmee presented a paper on 'Energizing local development through newsroom', while journalist Tirtha Koirala made his presentation on workshop theme. A total of 60 journalists participated in the workshop. The workshop attended by MLD secretary Kirshna Gyanwali, Joint Secretaries Somlal Subedi & Dinesh Thapalia, IPDS chief Indu Ghimire, FNJ president Dharmendra Jha and LGCDP specialists was coordinated by IEC Expert Laxman Datt Pant.

Participants of an orientation programme on Minimum Condition and Performance Measure (MCPM) organized in Biratnagar from 20 to 23 December. Under- Secretary of MLD Badri Ghimire and LBFC team facilitated the programme. A total of 60 participants from 15 DDCs and 14 municipalities of eastern region participated in the programme.

Niranjan Shrestha, Environment Specialist of LGCDP facilitating the participants of three days long training programme on ‘Social and Environmental Safeguards Framework’ organized by Environment Management Section/MLD/LGCDP from November 27 to 29 at Hotel Chautari, Nagarkot. A total of 26 district and municipal facilitators and environmental focal persons from nine districts and ten municipalities of Central Region participated in the training.

Participants of the “ToT on Social Mobilization Training” organized at Hotel Gaurishankar, Palpa from 18 to 23 November. The event that brought together a total of 31 participants from five districts was observed by LDO of Palpa, Cluster Coordinator, Monitoring and Reporting Officer, and Social Mobilization Coordinator of Cluster Coordination Unit, Pokhara.

Social mobilizers discussing on functioning of 'Public Awareness Center' during three days long Training organized from