Nepal is a signatory to the Rio Declaration and is therefore obliged to implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. In order to improve the implementation of access rights (access to information, participation and access to justice) in Nepal, an assessment of the current laws, practices and institutions are required. There has also been significant civil society intervention in projects which have led to varied reactions from the State Agencies as well the project proponents. It is being felt that although implementation of Principle 10 is far from satisfactory, there is no verifiable data to prove the lack of implementation of Principle 10 in letter and spirit. An assessment would to that extend greatly help in understanding legal and institutional shortcomings towards the effective implementation. It is through such an assessment gaps in access laws, institutions and practices can be identified and targeted for advocacy and reforms. Pro Public a national level NGO working for the protection of public Interest is acting as the lead TAI Nepal secreteriate and leading the TAI reasearh and assessment.
•To form a National Access Initiative (TAI) coalition for Nepal and using the established web-based TAI assessment toolkit, conduct an assessment of access rights in Nepal,.
•Identify gaps in access laws, practices and institutions and develop recommendations to fill those gaps and initiate action in order to bring about systemic changes.
•Formation of Nepal Civil Society Organization (CSO) coalition as TAI coalition
•Formation of TAI Nepal Advisory Council
•Train researchers for TAI methodology
•Selection of cases and discuss with Advisory council and TAI Nepal coalition.
•Conducting research and enter data into toolkits
•Sharing of finding to Coalition for achieving agreement on major findings and recommendations
•Drafting report and discuss with Advisory council, and TAI Nepal Coalition
•Draft report will be reviewed by TAI global network
•Publish report and wide dissemination.