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  • 24 Jun 2013
    A “big leap” towards aid transparency in Nepal

    Nepal’s Ministry of Finance launched, on Friday, a public portal on disbursement of foreign aid, hailed by officials and development partners alike as a “big leap” towards aid transparency. The portal portal.mof.gov.np is a part of Aid Management platform supported by UNDP and other development partners. It will give public an unprecedented access to detailed information on aid disbursement in Nepal by donor, sector and geographic location.

  • 18 Jun 2013
    Government of Nepal and UNDP’s flagship anti-poverty initiative enters sixteenth year

    Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), a flagship initiative of the Government of Nepal and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has entered 16th year of its implementation creating thousands of enterprises and entrepreneurs in the process.

  • 07 Jun 2013
    Experts call for innovative ways to communicate disaster risks

    Journalists and risk communication experts have called for innovative ways to communicate disaster risks in the media—stressing on the need for both journalists and development practitioners to ‘think outside the box’ in their effort to raise public awareness and influencing policy making.

  • 28 May 2013
    "Local Peace Committees can be biggest contributor to peace during crises"

    Local Peace Committee (LPC) officials from three conflict-sensitive districts have stressed the need for building capacity for LPCS so as to make them able to resolve local level tensions. During closing session of a three-day workshop for LPC officials from Dhanusha, Banke and Kailali in Lalitpur on 24 May, the LPC officials said LPCs were better placed to deal with local conflicts because of unique composition of such mechanisms.

  • 24 May 2013
    130 fellows to contribute to credible reporting

    130 working Nepali journalists from across the country have been awarded reporting fellowships as a part of joint effort of UNDP and Government of Japan to support factual reporting and improvement of basic news gathering skills. The fellowships were awarded as part of support to Nepali journalists to improve reporting and news gathering skills on contentious issues in Nepal’s proposed new constitution.

  • 10 May 2013
    Visiting Finnish youth politicians say that their country should continue foreign aid

    A Finnish youth political delegation comprising of eight major parties represented in the Finnish parliament, who were in Nepal on a week-long familiarisation trip, have said that their country should continue aid to developing countries.

  • 10 May 2013
    Workshop leads to a draft strategy on crime and violence in Nepal

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organised a workshop on Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting of Crime and Violence last week which resulted in a joint draft strategy and action plan to support the Government of Nepal in improving data gathering and analysis on crime and violence. The strategy and action plan will be presented to the Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs for review and approval.

  • 03 May 2013
    Istanbul plan for LDCs to graduate gaining momentum says UN High Representative

    United Nations Under-Secretary General, High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDs, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya has said that the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA) adopted by 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in May 2011 has been gaining momentum. IPOA sets an ambitious target of creating enabling environment for fifty percent of LDCs to graduate into developing countries by 2020.

  • 16 Apr 2013
    UNDP urged to assist in increasing regional connectivity in South Asia

    Panelists speaking at the national launch of Global Human Development Report 2013 in Kathmandu today called on UNDP to work on pushing for more regional connectivity in South Asia so that the prosperity in the South can trickle down from rapidly developing countries to weaker economies in the region.

  • 18 Mar 2013
    UNDP Nepal launches new initiative to foster development debate; first debate focuses on challenges in measuring poverty

    As a part of its new initiative to foster debate and on development issues and challenges, UNDP Nepal organized its first Dialogue Series on Friday. The first debate focused on challenges of measuring poverty with special reference to Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University, and a key architect of the MPI presented latest MPI findings on Nepal.

  • 14 Mar 2013
    UNDP to provide support for credible elections to be held in June

    The nine-month old political deadlock formally ended in Nepal at midnight Wednesday after major parties signed a deal to hold fresh elections for a Constituent Assembly. Those elections will be held on June 21 under the caretaker government led by the country’s Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi.

  • 13 Mar 2013
    Nepali civil society organizations for common position on Post-2015 development agenda

    As a part of ongoing consultations on post-2015 development agenda, NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) organized a National Civil Society Consultation Programme on Post-2015 Development Framework today. Major civil society organizations and key stakeholders, including government agencies, participated in the consultation. Nepali civil society organizations (CSOs) have begun intensifying discussion among themselves to zero in on a position paper that represents civil society view at national level. NFN has already conducted similar district and regional level consultations within Nepal.

  • 26 Feb 2013
    UNDP to focus on reducing poverty, disaster and climate-induced vulnerabilities of communities in next five years

    The Government of Nepal and UNDP signed today a new Country Programme Action Plan (2013-17) detailing UNDP’s engagement in Nepal for the next five years. The Plan will focus on efforts to reduce vulnerability of communities under threat from climate change and disaster and expanding energy access, while continuing its support for elections, constitution writing and income generating opportunities. During this period a budget of approximately USD 159 million will be used for implementing these programmes.

  • 20 Feb 2013
    Training to mainstream 'Do No Harm' tool

    UNDP’s Conflict Prevention Program (CPP) and Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC) organized a 4-day Training of Trainers on Theory and Application of the ‘Do No Harm’ Conflict Sensitivity Tool for trainers of different government training academies. The training was conducted from February 5 to 8, 2013. The purpose of the training was to enable government trainers to design and implement their own Do No Harm orientation sessions and stand-alone courses.

  • 11 Feb 2013
    Fire Fighting Training ( Phase 2)

    Today the 2nd phase of the Fire Fighting Training started at Special Task Force Battalion of APF (Armed Police Force) in Halchowk, the training will go on from 11th February till 8th March 2013. This training is supported by UNDP/ CDRMP and builds on the 1st phase from October 2012 where personnel were given basic fire services training.

  • 05 Dec 2012
    Basic Fire Service Training

    A four-week “Basic Fire Fighting Services Training from 30 October to 30 November 2012 were held held in the National Police Training Academy, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.

  • 15 Oct 2012
    Nineteen more bird species in MohanaKailali Corridor

    19 new bird species, including the Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Himalayan Bulbul, and Large Cuckooshrike, were recorded in the MohanaKailali Corridor in the western Terai (plains) of Nepal, increasing the total count to 111 from 92 species in June 2011 . Mr. DayaramChaudhari, a local expert on birds, and his team assessed bird life in the corridor in May and June of 2012. The assessment was coordinated by the MohanaKailali Community Forests Coordination Committee.

  • 28 Sep 2012
    Micro-enterprise Trade Fairs in Kathmandu and Kavre

    Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr Barsha Man Pun inaugurated the Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 on 21 Sept. Mr Scott Dawson, First Assistant Director for South and West Asia of the AusAID and Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the UNDP, jointly inaugurated Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair in Kavre district on 27 Sept.

  • 14 Sep 2012
    Female Masons Trained in Earthquake Safe Construction for the First Time in Nepal

    For the first time ever in Nepal, an exclusive training for female masons on earthquake resilient construction techniques was organised from 10 to 14 September 2012 in Kathmandu. Masons are a crucial aspect for ensuring compliance with building codes and reducing vulnerability to earthquakes. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, this innovative training programme became the first to focus and build capacity of women and recognises their contribution to safe construction in Nepal.

  • 21 Aug 2012
    Macroeconomic policies play important role for promoting gender equality

    The Hon'ble Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Hon'ble Members of the NPC, the Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Reserve Bank of Nepal), Chief Secretary and 12 Secretaries engaged in an in-depth discussion on gender and macroeconomic policy management during a 2-day high level interaction programme on 20-21 August 2012, organized by the National Planning Commission with support from Strengthening Planning and Monitoring Capacity of NPC project/UNDP Nepal and UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok.