CFLG creates a space and mechanism to listen to children and ensure their meaningful participation in local planning and budgeting.
The Government of Nepal has earmarked US$40 million per year from block grants for children, women and the disadvantaged.
About 80,000 child club members participate in various VDC, municipal and district level planning committees all over Nepal.
Child-friendly Local Governance Programme
It was in the 90s that UNICEF with support of partners like the Norwegian government and others, started working with women and children at the grassroots under the principles of decentralised planning. The experiences garnered through programs like Decentralized Action for Children and Women (DACAW) have fed into the development of the national Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) strategy, which was adopted by Nepali government in 2011.
UNICEF's CFLG programme works closely with the Ministry of Federal Affairs & Local Development (MoFALD) to promote collaborative planning for children from the bottom up and ensuring participation of children in these processes, such that their voices are heard.