Training Adviser, Revenue Administration Report Project, Danish International Development Agency
Focus: Civil Service
Keywords: training, technical assistance, reform sequencing, promotion, performance management, downsizing, decentralization, corruption, capacity building
Interviewer(s): Andrew Schalkwyk
Country of Reform: Nepal
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: Tue Mar 3 2009
Krishna Devkota provides a history of numerous attempts to reform Nepal’s civil service since the 1950s. All of them, including the most recent donor-instigated initiative, have either not been implemented, or only partially implemented. As a contracted consultant to international donors funding the most recent effort, Devkota describes both the aim and design of the reform effort and his opinion about why implementation of most of the reform efforts failed. He cites political and civil conflict and tensions in the country, a lack of political will or commitment to the reforms by top leaders, the short time horizons of donors, corruption that diverted donor funds from their intended use and resistance to change by civil servants because they did not sense any possibility for reward or promotion.