About UNDP in Nepal

Bishnu Maya Gurung, 65, casts her vote for the CA elections 2013 at a polling station in Sainbu VDC, Lalitpur. UNDP’s Electoral Support Project (ESP) supported this election. Through ESP, we have been supporting the Election Commission in several election preparation and voter education activities. Photo: Ajay Das / UNDP Nepal

UNDP Nepal Vision Statement

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.

What do we do?

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.

What do we want to accomplish?

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 cross-cutting issues in these areas.


What are our results?

Our key results from 2015 are given below in numbers*:

  • 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.

Current Staff Count for Nepal

Contract Type
Service Contract (DEX+NEX) 134
UN Volunteers 33
UNDP Staff 79
Total 246