UNDP Opens New Programme Office in Nepalgunj, celebrates the 60th UN Day
24 October 2005, Nepalgunj, Nepal - UNDP opened today its first field office in the regional capital of Nepalgunj in Midwestern Nepal on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations. The new office will help better coordinate and manage the delivery of aid in five districts of the mid and far western regions namely Banke, Pyuthan, Kailali, Dadeldhura and Baitadi.
The objective of this pilot initiative is to improve access to some of the most remote and poor communities, improve monitoring and provide better safety and security to the project staff. It will enable UNDP to respond effectively to the needs of the people and guarantee speedy and full accountability of its projects.
"By getting closer to the affected villages, we are hoping to reach the poorest communities and the most vulnerable groups," said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Ghulam Isaczai. "This is particularly timely as we are celebrating today the UN 60th anniversary under the theme 'A time for renewal' - a time when the international community focuses on building a better and safer world through collective security and a global partnership for development", he added.
According to a recent report, intensifying violence and political instability have been hampering the effective utilization of aid and has taken a heavy toll on the economy and the people. According to the Nepal Human Development Report 2004, “Certain historically excluded regions, notably the mid-western and far western development regions, remain the home of most of Nepal’s poorest and most disadvantaged people, both Dalits and Janajatis, along with the children, women and disabled among them.”
At present, UNDP works in 22 districts of the mid and far western region, advocating for people to have a say in the development of their communities, giving them access to electricity, providing micro credits to women and men, financing for small scale rural infrastructure projects, linking the rural production with urban markets and raising awareness on peace and development.
For more information please contact, Ms. Sangita Khadka, Development Communications Officer, UNDP Nepal Phone 00-977-1-5523200