Flyer: UNDP support to Constitution of Nepal

On 19 September, 2015, Nepal took a significant democratic step with the promulgation of its long-awaited Constitution adopted by the popularly elected Constituent Assembly. Eight years in the making, the Constitution of Nepal fulfills a significant achievement for the country as the Constituent Assembly reached an agreement passing the landmark set of principles upon which Nepal will be governed.

Regional conference highlights the need to address conflict-related sexual violence

Transitional justice experts and survivors from post-conflict countries, including Nepal, Cambodia and Guatemala have underscored the urgency for addressing pending cases of conflict-related sexual violence to secure lasting and sustainable peace. Experts speaking at a two-day conference at the end of September...

Reviving tourism locally

Locals from Briddhim VDC in Rasuwa district provide labour to reconstruct a road vital to tourism

People with disabilities express their needs to Nepal’s decision makers

In Nepal, people with disabilities often feel excluded from many areas of daily life. Accessing government services is one area in which they feel limited and their rights overlooked. “We have been hearing special facilities to be provided to disabled persons in public facilities like transportation, education, health, etc....

Nepal pilots a new diagnostic for climate budgeting

Despite making a negligible contribution to global warming, Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Climate change threatens to save almost 10 per cent off projected annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, according to the ADB. Prudent public spending and fiscal management...

Beset by water woes, quake survivors receive succor

A new drinking water scheme has brought relief to the earthquake survivor residents of Bhotechaur-2 in Sindhupalchowk district “We survived the earthquake but now we might die of thirst,” bemoaned Fulmaya Tamang of Bhotechaur VDC-2 in Sindhupalchowk district. “We lived through the loss of our homes and our...

Building Schools Better

In June of last year, a month after the devastating earthquakes of April-May, the government decided to resume classes for students so as to not further impede their studies. But for many students, including those of Gorakhnath Lower Secondary School in Panauti, Kavre district, classes were held amidst the...

Survivors at driver's seat for recovery

The August heat and a thin tarpaulin do not deter the beneficiaries of a recently completed vegetable collection and marketing centre from cheering their "highly meaningful" success at Kalyanpur VDC in Nuwakot. Assisted by UNDP Nepal and the Government of Mauritius, the earthquake- ravaged community has...

UN in Nepal opens the first “all gender restroom”

The UN in Nepal, on Wednesday, marked the opening of the first 'all gender restroom' on its premises in Pulchowk. The 'all gender restroom' aims to complement the restroom gender binary and provide an alternative for third gender persons. UNDP Assistant Administrator Jens Wandel inaugurated the restroom -- which...

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh addresses Nepal's parliamentarians

Thank you, General Secretary of the Parliament Manohar Bhattarai and Member of Parliament Mr. Gagan Thapa. Members of parliament, ladies and gentlemen, members of the media – thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today. You may wonder, what brings me here to Nepal? It is of course a...

Preparing for Change

When the rains failed him for the second year in a row, Jiwan Mahato blamed the rain god. A subsistence farmer from Madi, in the south of Nepal, Mahato’s paddy crops had failed again.  Like most of the 20 million subsistence farmers of Nepal, Mahato had no other source of income to feed his six-member family. As...

Joint Statement on World Environment Day, 2016

As we mark World Environment Day today, strong collaborative actions among nations and international institutions for conserving natural environment and combating climate change effects and impacts have been realized more urgent. This urgency is reflected in the global environmental commitments made during the...

Know your rights

The room is full of people. Women and men of all ages sit cross-legged on the floor, some with children on their laps. The afternoon sun streams in through the windows and outside, the wind stirs up dust on the dry streets of Mehalkuna, Surkhet. Inside the room, a legal awareness programme is concluding. Local...

Deputy Chief of UN pledges to spotlight Nepal's experience at World Humanitarian Summit

  “Together is the most important word in the world today: nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, after meeting with communities recovering from the 2015 earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, one of the districts hit hardest by the disaster. Deputy...

Restoring livelihood at the heart of epicenter

Life already on the edge due to high poverty and lack of basic services, the 2015 earthquake was a hammer blow to most people in Sindhupalchowk and several other mountain districts of Nepal. For subsistent farmers of Sipapokhare village in Sindhupalchowk, the lifeline of their livelihood: Shoramure Ripini Irrigation...

Women show the way

Eight young women entrepreneurs, armed with determination and confidence in their skills, prove to be role models for their village which was flattened by the April 2015 earthquake.

UNDP: Fastest Population Shift in History Means Make or Break for Asia-Pacific
UNDP: Fastest Population Shift in History Means Make or Break for Asia-Pacific

Demographic change in Asia and the Pacific is happening at a rate the world has never seen. An explosion in the working age population and a fall in birth rates that took a century in Europe are happening here in just 30 years.

UNDP assists Nepal to uphold human rights during the recovery

For residents of Haldekalika VDC in Nuwakot district, earthquake relief was late in coming. Even five months after the April 2015 earthquake, the village’s 995 families had yet to receive relief packages from the government due to a dispute between the political parties active in the region. The political parties in...

New Report | Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development
New Report | Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development

The report, entitled “Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development”, notes that Asia-Pacific countries now have more working-aged people and fewer dependents than at any point in history, providing a springboard for growth. Region-wide, 68 percent of people are of working age and only 32 percent are dependents.

BLOG: How the SDGs can guide Nepal’s recovery

By Renaud Meyer, UNDP Nepal Country Director One year ago today, I was playing soccer with my two boys in Kathmandu when at 11:56 the ground started to roll like waves on the ocean. We were struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. By the end of that scary day filled with immediate and strong aftershocks, we...

E-Building permit system easing reconstruction, promoting code compliance

A new technology introduced by the Government of Nepal and UNDP on systematizing the building permit system offers new hopes to ease and fast forward the re/construction process, while also ensuring a greater compliance of the national building code. Nepalis wishing to build new structures can now officially...

When the water dried up: UNDP helps a community restore its access to water

When the earthquake struck Nepal one year ago 25 April, the community of Kimpokhari in Kavre lost many loved ones, homes and infrastructure. They also lost a precious resource: their water source.   Despite the widespread destruction to their homes and livelihoods, for residents like Devika Bishworkarma, losing...

Judges should not fear public scrutiny: Chief Justice

Nepal’s judicial leadership places high priority on integrity as a reform agenda, gears for a self-assessment of its integrity mechanism KATHMANDU, April 10, 2016 Judicial leadership of Nepal has expressed commitment to continue systemic reforms and promote accountability mechanism for safeguarding judicial integrity...

In Nepal, UNDP’s Idea Factory arms entrepreneurs with technology

Each year, over 1,400 young Nepalis leave Nepal to join the labour market in the Gulf and East Asian countries. When they return after few years of hard work, they bring home some cash and a strong determination to put their money to use at home in Nepal. However, many struggle to find adequate economic...

Nepal Earthquake Response - Joint Assessment of Food Security, Livelihoods and Early Recovery

The Joint Assessment of Food Security, Livelihoods and Early Recovery is a sample survey of more than 4,000 households in 11 earthquake-affected districts in Nepal conducted in September-October 2015. It is a follow-up to the baseline assessment conducted in May 2015 in the immediate aftermath of the April 25...

Turning Waste into Energy

With an ongoing fuel crisis across the country, the demand for bio briquette has shoot up as an alternative source for cooking and heating. Over 85 percent of these bio briquettes come from Sindhupalchowk district. Sher Kumari Shrestha, resident of Attarpur village in Sikre earns her living by making the bio...

Irrigation canals: boon to earthquake survivors

Following the 2015 earthquake, communities in the hardest hit areas in Nepal scrambled to survive. In Gairibisaune, Kavre, not only did 23 people lose their lives, but the small farming community lost 500 houses, 500 cattle and precious infrastructure like irrigation systems. Bouncing back seemed insurmountable for...

Bouncing back to recovery

Hundreds of micro entrepreneurs affected by the April and May Earthquakes have bounced back and revitalized their seasonal vegetable farming with the support of UNDP’s early recovery earthquake programme, Rapid Enterprise and Livelihoods Recovery Project (RELRP) with financial support from the Australian Aid....

How a little app is making a huge difference in our Nepal earthquake response

By Kamal Raj Sigdel, UNDP Nepal On a misty May morning this year, we headed to Sindhupalchowk, one of the districts devastated by the April 25th Nepal Earthquake. We wove up serpentine roads, and past hamlets that had turned to rubble. Just two weeks had passed and we were to begin helping people here recover...

Nepal’s buiding permit system goes online

  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Local Development and Federal Affairs Hon'ble Kamal Thapa launched the Electronic Building Permit System (e-BPS) today [06 Dec 2015] amid a gathering convened by Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC).  This official launch marks the full operation of e-BPS in...

Lhakpa Lama: Physical disability no barrier to leadership

Lhakpa Lama contracted polio when he was two years old. The virus twisted his limbs and caused him to walk with a limp. Being from a small village in the remote hills of Sindhupalchowk, Lama faced hardship and challenges in living with his disability. But he didn’t let what he couldn’t do get in the way of what he...

Accelerating towards an end to AIDS

1 December, 2015: Nepal is on the brink of breaking the AIDS epidemic, and we have no time to lose. As the Joint UN HIV Team in Nepal marks World AIDS Day 2015, we look forward to accelerating the drive to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Today, almost 40,000 people are living with HIV in Nepal. The number of new cases...

UK, Bangladesh, Nepal and China Discuss Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

On 30 November 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China, as part of the Sharing and Learning on Community Based Disaster Management in Asia Project (CBDM Asia Phase II), co-hosted a ‘Multi-stakeholder Partnership in Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Workshop’ in Chengdu, China....

Resurrecting communities through reconstruction

The crowds were waiting, excited. The moment UNDP team arrived the villagers took turn to accord a traditional welcome at Putalikath in Gairimudi Village, Dolakha. People walked for hours to appreciate the reconstruction of damaged irrigation canals and water systems by the earthquakes. Standing in the crowd was...

Dolakha micro-entrepreneurs showcase resilience in aftermath of earthquake

Testament to the fact that the April disaster did not destroy their skills, micro-entrepreneurs in Dolakha have held a mini-exhibition promoting their products The district of Dolakha was hit hard by the April earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks. Despite the tragedy and its many consequences,...

Nepali Farmers Get Climate Smart

Bimala Bajagain, a farmer and mother of three, wears a fading red kurta and appears older than her age at 35. She offers us plates of salted guavas at the porch of her quake-damaged house. By mid-day, October’s warm sun boils over Kalchebesi village of Kavrepalanchok district. Bajagain insists we also savour a...

Taking responsibility for peace

Amidst rising violence and strained community ties, a number of community security initiatives in Banke and Kanchanpur districts stressed the need to promote peace and harmony On August 9, 2015, Nepal’s four major political parties reached an agreement to divide the country into six provinces, as per the...

Women rise in Nepal’s government

Nepal has made history with its first female President. Bidhya Devi Bhandari was elected by Parliament in October 2015. She is joined by Onsari Gharti Magar, Nepal’s first female Parliament Speaker. For the first time in Nepal’s history, women are gaining ground in the seats of power. Enshrined in the new...

Fruit plantations provide sweet income for rural farmers

When Narayan Datta Lamichhane transformed his rice field into a mango and litchi orchard, his neighbours couldn’t understand why he would give up a crop that had worked well for them for so long. After a bout of inclement weather in which the neighbour’s rice paddy didn’t grow, Lamichhane said his orchard didn’t...

Development Advocate Nepal 2015-16

The fourth edition (October 2015 - March 2016) of UNDP Nepal's publication, "Development Advocate Nepal" with the theme "Towards a resilient Nepal".

Back on the farm

Strawberry farmers who lost their livelihoods in the April earthquake are now looking to recover their harvests with support from UNDP’s RELRP project

UNDP helps restore communities through debris management

One Sunday morning in June, William Vastine, who leads a team of 78 UNDP-trained demolition workers and 1,300 local community members, received a handwritten letter from Buddhist monks requesting help to remove the debris from their quake-stricken monastery. “Dear sir, the earthquake has damaged our holy Gumba....