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UNDP in Nepal


UNDP Nepal works with the people and Government of Nepal, and other development partners to pursue equitable and sustainable human development goals through eradication of poverty, increase in livelihood opportunities, improvement in community resilience against conflict, disasters and impact of climate change, while laying down strong foundations for a society based on rule of law with an inclusive and participatory democracy.


UNDP has been supporting the Nepalese people in their struggle against poverty since it opened an in-country office in 1963. Much of this support has gone to building up the capacity of government agencies, civil society and community groups to fight poverty, and to bringing these groups and Nepal's donors together to design and implement successful poverty alleviation projects.

UNDP in Nepal concentrates its efforts for greater impact in the most remote, poor, and/or conflict-affected areas of the mid- and far-western development regions and the Terai, where its rights-based interventions are targeted towards the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The UNDP programmes seek opportunities for joint programming with other United Nations organizations and engage in joint planning and monitoring of development activities in selected districts. 

UNDP's actions and programmes are defined in its Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) which is prepared between UNDP and the Government of Nepal. The CPAP is based on the broader United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). UNDP's current CPAP (2013-2017) is based upon UNDAF 2012-2017.


Currently the overarching priority of our work in Nepal is to help the Government and its people build a lasting peace and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by:

  • Strengthening governance institutions from community to national Government levels;
  • Improving incomes and generating employment;
  • Improving the policy environment and planning capabilities;
  • Protecting Nepal's development gains from the ill-effects of natural disasters and climate change; and
  • Empowering women and disadvantaged people and fostering policies for equity and equality.

Within this framework, our Programmes address the following priority areas for Nepal's development:

Gender and Social Inclusion is a cross-cutting issue in all these areas.


Our key results from 2016 are given below in numbers*:

  • Created 25,081 new jobs through 13,142 micro enterprises, 82% of which were led by women, 24% by Dalits and 35% by indigenous nationalities 
  • 151 community infrastructure rehabilitated benefitting over 100,000 people in five disaster-affected districts
  • 14,667 people directly benefitted from various livelihoods support initiatives, such as distribution of mini tillers, water mills and other improved technology support
  • 531,546 citizens were added to the biometric voters’ roll, bringing the total number of registered voters to 13.8 million
  • 73,000 people (60% women) received direct legal aid support
  • Over 1.26 million citizens, including women and disadvantaged groups, directly engaged in inclusive local development planning processes
  • Over one million people reached in raising awareness of the new constitution
  • 80% of projects [117,095 out of 145,819] recommended by Ward Citizen Forums were incorporated in local bodies’ annual plans
  • 2,086 people trained to identify early warnings for inter-community tension and conflict
  • 53,898 households gained access to renewable energy through micro-hydro and solar-power plants
  • 83 government offices, including health posts and schools, powered by solar energy
  • 500 masons, 111 engineers and 20,000 house-owners/farmers trained and oriented on earthquake-safe reconstruction
  • 732 climate adaptation activities, such as rain-water harvesting and irrigation projects, implemented in 14 districts, benefitting 180,164 vulnerable people
  • Over 45,000 meters of irrigation canals constructed or maintained to water an additional 744.7 hectares of land
  • Ponds and conservation tanks constructed to hold 1.91 million litres of water for irrigation and household purposes
  • 8,378 vulnerable people (41% women) and 318 government officials (32% women) trained/oriented on glacier lake flood-risk management
  • Over 17,000 households from Surkhet, Chitwan, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha benefitted from community-based disaster risk-reduction and livelihoods support initiatives

*UNDP supports the Government and people of Nepal in collaboration with other development partners. All the numbers presented here are part of either government-led and UNDP supported projects or projects directly implemented by UNDP in collaboration with other development partners.



26.4 million

Total population

147,181 sq.km.



Human Development Index 2016


Poverty rate


GDP per capita (in USD, PPP adjusted)

66.6 years

Life expectancy


Literacy rate (under five years of age)


Youth population (16 to 40 years of age)

14.18 million

Population with internet access

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