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.

The signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in November 2006 by the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) marked a historic step in ending the ten-year conflict. The Security Council, under Resolution 1740 of 23 January 2007, established the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) to support the peace process through the monitoring of arms, armed personnel and the ceasefire, and to provide technical support for the elections to the Constituent Assembly. The tenure of UNMIN ended on 15 Jan 2011. Given the evolving political context, the Programme implementation strategies are made flexible for UNDP to adapt and address emerging needs through an iterative review process in consultation with the Government and donor partners.

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 2013 are given below in numbers:

  • 1,570,197 million were registered by Election Commission of Nepal with technical assistance from UNDP
  • 9,464 micro-entrepreneurs were created. 68 per cent of them were women. A further 11,703 micro-entrepreneurs received support to expand their enterprises.
  • Rs. 93,614,850 (US $937,367) worth of goods was exported by micro-entrepreneurs to countries like India, China, UK, Japan, America and Austria.
  • 5,937 community members received livelihood recovery assistance.
  • 12,783 person-days of short-term employment was created through the building of community infrastructure. 28 per cent of this work was for women.
  • 915 infrastructures, including toilets, culvert and community hand pumps, were built.
  • 11,965 rural households were connected to electricity generated by 37 community-based micro hydropower plants.
  • Over 1,000 improved cook stoves were installed in Lalitpur and Sindhupalchok.
  • 23.06 million liters of ground water was recharged through the construction of 120 structures in Kathmandu valley.
  • Over 770,000 plants (grass, fruit and fodder plants) were planted in over 480 hectares of sloping land in Makawanpur.
  • 68 VDCs (Village Development Committees) received support to become disaster resilient.
  • Over 2000 community volunteers were trained on community disaster risk management.
  • 525 VDC secretaries were trained on mainstreaming poverty and environment into local development plans and budget.
  • 150 lawyers were trained on constitutional issues.
  • 130 journalists received fellowship to report on constitutional issues.
  • Rehabilitation support for 2,234 excombatants formally concluded in 2013.
  • Over 500 government officials were trained on Conflict Sensitivity.

* 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.

How many are we?

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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