Who we are
GalliGalli is a not-for-profit organization which gathers, packages, and disseminates information on how to access government services. GalliGalli works both on-the-ground and online. GalliGalli’s core focus is to make people’s lives easier by providing information on processes – formal and informal – for accessing government services.
Since the inception of the GalliGalli idea in mid-2012, all our work has been guided by the following three values:
1. Be small. Perhaps because the public sector is such a behemoth, there is always temptation to stage large interventions. When the intention is to radically reform the system, large amounts of money and manpower must be gathered. At GalliGalli, we take the opposite approach; by ourselves, we cannot even begin to dent the system. We use limited resources and focus as much as possible on collaborations and crowdsourcing as a key strategy.
2. Be experimental. There are no known solutions to the complex issues we are working on. There is no guarantee that any given intervention will succeed. And there is no shame in failure. We are willing to try out new ideas at GalliGalli. We are equally willing to admit that our ideas failed, and move on to trying new things.
3. Be self-sufficient. Over the long run, we intend to be able to earn enough money to support core operate.
What we do
GalliGalli has four ongoing initiatives.
nalibeli.org is an open platform with step-by-step information on how to access a range of government services. The platform runs on information shared by thousands of individual users. The usefulness of the platform increases as the number of active users grow. The platform has information in Nepali and English. To access or share information please visit www.nalibeli.org.
GalliGalli is currently conducting research in three major areas which are:
i) E-governance and civic tech: The research focuses on data source for Nalibeli which makes information about public services more accessible to increase transparency ands make it easier for citizens to use such services.
ii) Public Service Delivery and Urban Governance: It is an event based project that seeks to integrate perspectives and enhance mutual understanding between the urban citizens and the public service providers in the country.
iii) Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-NEPAL): It is a citizen led household survey that tests basic numeracy and literacy of 3 to 16 years old children.
3. Nalibeli Service Delivery Mapping
This is an on-the-ground survey, research, and mapping initiative to document the nature of day-to-day problems faced by citizens, creating a listing of service providers by ward, understand the manner in which neighborhoods organize. Research and mapping of this nature is necessary to understand the drastic changes that have taken place in the 17 years since local level elections were held in 1997. From the point of view of urban governance, Nepal’s towns and cities have expanded rapidly. The Kathmandu Valley has grown especially rapidly – from a population of about 1.6 million in 2001 to a population of about 2.5 million in 2011. This unexpected and unplanned growth has proven a challenge to many aspects of city life. A daily evident toll has been seen in physical infrastructure such as roads, water supply, and garbage collection. With the influx of migrants, the nature of social dynamics and ties in Kathmandu’s neighborhoods have also changed. The systems by which residents communicate, organize themselves, and negotiate with each other and the state has altered. Our initial research suggests that service provision in the 17 years since local elections have become both privatized (or rather NGOized) and very fragmented along local lines. This survey, research, and mapping initiative attempts to unpack these complex realities.
4. Nalibeli Consultancy
The first step to starting a business or non-profit is to register at the concerned government offices. Subsequently, there are periodic obligations such as submitting annual reports, filing tax returns, and calling general meeting. For the new business, navigating the registration and compliance can be difficult and time consuming. We equip you with all the necessary information to fulfill these obligations. Moreover, we will also visit the concerned offices and guide you through each of the steps. Altogether, we are a one-stop solution-provider to ensure total legal compliance so that you can lead a successful organization.
5. Sukul Bahas
Sukul Bahas is GalliGalli’s monthly discussion forum. Through these discussions, we seek to bring together a like-minded community of Nepalis to discuss and engage in issues of public concern. Each sitting of the Sukul Bahas focuses on a contemporary issue of socio-political and urbanization concern.
List of conducted Sukul Bahas
Sukul Bahas is GalliGalli’s monthly discussion forum. Through these discussions, we seek to bring together a like-minded community of Nepalis to discuss and engage in issues of public concern. Each sitting of the Sukul Bahas focuses on a contemporary issue of socio-political and urbanization concern. We were centered around the following themes:
1. Free Student Union and their relation between Students and administration.
2. Taxi meter: Necessity and Reliability.
3. Massive pesticides in fruits and vegetables.
4. Vacuum of local elected body: role and performance of political parties.
5. Challenges in Maintaining Clean and Beautiful Roads in Kathmandu.
6. Problems in Public Vehicles and Measures to Address this Problem.
7. Obligation on the excavation of roads in Kathmandu and its remedies.
8. The Causes of Gas Scarcity and Measures to Address this Problem.
9. Does clean water will flow in the Kathmandu Valley?
10. Sukul Bahas on Challenges in Garbage Management.
11. Sukul Bahas on Debris Management after Earthquake in Nepal.
12. Budget Building/Implementing Process and Development.
13. The Problems Created During the Management of Water in the Kathmandu Valley.
14. Representation of women in Local Governance : Conflict or Compromise?
15. Increasing Use of Digitization and its Future.
16. Presence and Initiation of Local Bodies in the Services Provided to Squatters.
17. Consumption of Government Land : Roles of Government and People.
18. Reactions of Vehicle’s Owner and Drivers on Traffic Rules and Strict Penalty.
19. Modern Teej : Cultural or Degradation.
20. Roles of Youth on Implementation of Constitution.
21. Basic Orientation on Fundamental Rights.
22. Free Student’s Union (FSU) Election and Its Importance.
23. Air Pollution in Kathmandu Valley and Its Impacts.