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UNDP in Nepal


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.


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 Document (CPD 2018-2022) which is aligned with priorities of the Government of Nepal. The CPD is based on the broader United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2018-2022).


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:

Gender and Social Inclusion is a cross-cutting issue in all these areas.


Our key results from 2018 are given below in numbers*:

  • Over 80 community infrastructures, such as irrigation canals, community buildings and drinking water schemes constructed benefitting 103,000 people (56% women) in earthquake-hit districts
  • Implemented over 30 livelihood promotion activities, such as skills trainings to micro entrepreneurs and equipment support to farmers, benefiting over 12,800 people (55% women) in earthquake-hit districts.
  • Helped establish 65 local governments as “model governments” championing microenterprise development for poverty reduction
  • Provided recovery support to around 36,000 flood-affected families in the southern plains of Nepal.
  • Introduced the country’s first Bachelors Degree Course on Micro Enterprise Development in partnership with Pokhara University
  • Engaged over 23,000 people, about half of them women, from across the country in promoting social cohesion and community security through income generation activities, youth engagement and volunteerism.
  • Supported the Election Commission to review the federal, provincial and local elections, which provided 100 recommendations in 18 different fields, including the legal framework, voter registration and voter education
  • Provided law scholarships and internships to over 50 students  (over 50% of them women) coming from marginalized groups, helping increase representation of the most vulnerable in legal profession and justice institutions.
  • Over 700 newly elected member of the parliament, provincial assemblies and 170 staffs were oriented on the parliamentary procedures and codes.
  • Four isolated microhydro power plants were connected to the national grid, ensuring a sustainable income and power supply to over 2300 households in Gandaki and Province 1. 
  • Supported around 7000 households in Gorkha in reconstructing their resilient homes through hands-on support including in designing house maps and accessing housing grants.
  • Provided 12 small grants directly to local communities for projects on conserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change, reducing land degradation, directly benefiting over 2100 people, including men, women and children.
  • Put in place two automated early warning systems in flood prone river basins of Sindhupalchok and Surkhet districts, benefitting over 790 households.
  • Introduced an innovative tool to track climate-resilient spending in the agriculture sector, to help better planning and monitoring of climate responses.


*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.



29.3 million

Total population

147,181 sq.km.



Human Development Index 2018


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Per capita income GNI (in USD)


Under five mortality (per thousand)


Adult Literacy rate


Youth population (16 to 40 years of age)


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