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, and has been supporting the Election Commission in several election preparation and voter education activities. Photo: Ajay Das / UNDP 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 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 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 2014 are given below in numbers:

  • Over 16,000 jobs created of which 75 percent went to women
  • More than 1,800 households benefited from 61 small water and sanitation focused infrastructures, generating 3,000+ person days of employment
  • More than 8,000 micro entrepreneurs benefitted from 173 Common Facility Centres constructed to operate group enterprises in 30 districts
  • 61,000 local stakeholders from more than 1,500 VDCs were trained on bottom-up planning processes, resulting in increased participation of communities in up to 80% of Tarai VDCs
  • 2,800 persons participated in community security planning in 24 VDCs in Tarai (female 38%, Dalit 16%, Janajati 19%, Madhesi 33%, and Muslim 4%)
  • Over 304,000 citizens were registered in the voter roll in 2014 by the Election Commission of Nepal with technical assistance from UNDP
  • 22,800 individuals (including 4,903 conflict victims) received legal aid information through mobile legal aid clinics, awareness campaigns
  • More than 1600 vulnerable people and conflict victims benefited from legal aid
  • More than 4,500 law, rights and justice sector actors/officials were trained on justice administration  
  • Over 2 million plants were planted, conserving over 1900 hectares of land
  • SGP projects installed over 1600 improved cook stoves reducing firewood consumption by 50 percent
  • Over 60,000 person days of work were created by implementing climate change adaptation actions
  • Archived over 15,000 building permit files in the e-building permit system. Developed with the support of UNDP, e-BPS has led to increased efficiency and transparency in the process of issuing building permit system
  • In 2014, 755 kW from 26 Micro Hydro Village Electrification Projects benefitted over 45900 people from rural communities
  • Knowledge level of 1,900 political leaders and CA members (38% women, 29% Dalit, 39% Janajati, 14% Madhesi) enhanced on key constitutional issues through dialogues
  • Understanding level of 8,600 (35% women, 24% Janajati, 29% Madeshi, 12 % dalits)) local leaders, civil society members, activists and the general public on constitutional issues enhanced through civic education programme
  • 1000 government officials, civil society and political leaders equipped with collaborative leadership and dialogue skills, of which 37% were women.

*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.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System in Nepal and is the Resident Representative for UNDP in Nepal. UNDP’s Country Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of UNDP Nepal. Deputy Country Director (Programme) and Deputy Country Director (Operations) are responsible for their respective departments.

UNDP Nepal works closely with the Government of Nepal. The UNDP programmes are prepared in consultation with the Government, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and other development partners, and appraised at a joint strategy meeting. As the Government coordinating agency, the Ministry of Finance heads the Country Programme Board, which guides the implementation of the Programme and the cross-sectoral linkages are ensured through outcome boards. The implementation guidelines are revised in line with the results management guidelines, to support national ownership and accountability. UNDP and the Government exercise flexibility in implementing sensitive activities critical for the peace process.

Current Staff Count for Nepal

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 164
UN Volunteers 127
UNDP Staff 93
Total 384

Our Consultants

Contract Number Contract Type Purpose Contract Amount (USD) Contract start date Project
PISU-PROF-09-2013  Professional Service Contract Street Drama 173,283 2013 ESP
PISU-IC-117-2013  Individual Consultant Handbook on CS Programming 46,290 2013 CPP
PISU-IC-129-2013  Individual Consultant Support the design of proposal on early warning and AVRSN and preparation of resource mobilization documentation 49,725 2013 CPP
PISU-PROF-08-2013  Professional Service Contract Baseline Survey 134,497 2013 CPP
PISU-PROF-012-2013  Professional Service Contract Script Development & PSA Distribution. 226,236 2013 ESP
PISU-IC-107-2013  Individual Consultant Training Material Research 33,000 2013 CPP
PISU-PROF-01-2013  Professional Service Contract Journalist Training 52,270 2013 SPCBN
PISU-IC-035-2013  Individual Consultant Detail SE4ALL Plan 39,329 2013 CPP
2010-SSA-201  Individual Consultant Support to SPCBN 41,107 2013 SPCBN
PISU-IC-158-2012  Individual Consultant AVR and Community Security 76,500 2013 CPRSN
PISU-PROF-007-2013  Professional Service Contract Software Development 74,500 2013 ESP
PISU-PROF-011-2013   Professional Service Contract Production of Video Documentary 220,489 2013 ESP
PISU-IC-118-2013  Individual Consultant AVRCS Technical Trainer 56,936 2013 CPRSN


Contact UNDP in Nepal
UNDP, UN House
P.O. Box 107
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-5523200
Email: registry.np@undp.org Fax: 977-1-5523991, 5523986