UNDP Nepal Annual Report 2015
2015 was an eventful year for Nepal. In April a massive earthquake struck followed by a powerful aftershock in May killing 8,850 people, injuring 22,000 people, and destroying 800,000 buildings. Basic service delivery was hampered particularly in the 14 hardest-hit districts, an estimated 700,000 people have been pushed below the poverty line, and GDP growth sunk to 3 percent against earlier projections of 6 percent. According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, damages and losses rose to US$7 billion and reconstruction costs are estimated at US$6.7 billion.
UNDP mobilized expertise and formulated a comprehensive earthquake response programme to support local governments resume essential services, provide 4,300 community members with emergency employment to safely remove dangerous debris from structures in hard hit areas, restore livelihoods of impacted entrepreneurs and initiated activities to build back better.
This 2015 Annual Report provides a snapshot of the results achieved by UNDP and its partners and selected human stories demonstrating the impact of its interventions on improving the lives of Nepali people.
Results by Number (2015)*
- Over 1,400 engineers and masons trained on earthquake safe construction
- 4,450+ households benefited from the rehabilitation of 40 community infrastructures damaged by the quake
- Over 11,000 new micro entrepreneurs were created [through MEDEP and MEDPA] (of which over 70% are women, over 24% dalits)
- Over 2,300 new jobs were created as a result of UNDP’s support to micro entrepreneurs
- Over 4,000 existing micro enterprises badly affected by earthquake revived
- 6,800+ (62.5%) existing micro entrepreneurs received psychosocial counselling
- Over 719,000 citizens were added in the biometric voters’ roll, accumulating a total registered citizens to 13.3 million.
- 41,400+ justice court users visited information desks in 15 districts aimed at increasing access to justice
- Over 30,000 quake-affected people received vital human rights advice and information through mobile clinics in 14 districts
- More than 1400 families received victim identity cards, relief, compensation and other services and had their rights protected through the mobile clinics run with UNDP support
- Out of 31,642 Ward Citizens Forums 33% (10,480) are monitoring and engaging in civic oversight activities.
- Over 20,000 women and vulnerable people benefited from mobile legal aid clinics run by the socio-legal aid centers in 10 districts
- More than 15,000 suggestions on the draft constitution made online (website and social media) and in person
- An additional 340 government officials, civil society and political leaders (23% women) learned collaborative leadership and dialogue skills
- 5,000 people including journalists, civil society and community leaders educated on key constitutional issues
- An additional 3,580+ households connected to hydro electricity
- Over 60,000 people vulnerable to floods benefited from protective infrastructure like bunds and embankments
- over 2,300 remote households were provided with energy from two inter-connected micro hydro plants
- 40 local government offices and health posts fully powered by solar energy
- Planted 489,600 seedlings in 518 ha high risk degradable land
- Conducted rapid damage assessments of 100 micro hydro and 42 solar pumping systems
*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.