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 2012 are given below in numbers:

  • 10.8 million Eligible voters registered with biometric profiling by Election Commission of Nepal with the financial support and technical assistance of UNDP, EU, DFID, Norway, AUSAID and Denmark.
  • 23,006 people moved out of poverty with microenterprise schemes.
  • Our key results in 2012 are presented below in numbers:
  • 4,313 new entrepreneurs created with inclusion rate of over 60 percent.
  • 3,871 additional jobs created because of new entrepreneurs hiring staff, among them 65 percent are women.
  • 380 new micro-entrepreneurs’ groups received management knowledge and skills and 47 new cooperatives were established and registered.
  • 17,284 households received start up micro capital grant.
  • 70,000 deprived individuals have access finance in remote parts of Nepal.
  • 168 new branches of Micro Finance Institutions were opened in remote parts of Nepal.
  • 3,019 small but vital community infrastructures constructed or renovated.
  • 16,747 formerly deprived households have access to modern energy with the installation of 394 Micro Hydropower Plants.
  •  9,343 toilet-attached domestic biogas plants constructed.
  •  24,120 improved cooking stoves, 4,000 rice-husk stoves, and 5,769 solar home systems installed
  • 24,000 illiterate adults, mostly women, are now taking part in literacy classes
  • 5 million liters of ground water recharged in ponds and communal courtyards.
  • 3,000 community members trained on search and rescue, first aid, early warning system and disaster risk management.
  • 1,208 masons trained in earthquake-resilient building constructions.
  • 50 Village Development Committees (VDCs) have improved disaster resilience.
  • 60 Community Based Disaster Risk Management Committees formed in 11 districts with involvement of more than 600 community members (51% female).
  • 39 VDCs have allocated budget for Disaster Risk Management in their plans.
  • 36 school blocks were constructed, and 64 schools were renovated or retrofitted after 2011 earthquake.
  • 25 Armed Police Force officers trained in seven-week deep water diving for search and rescue during water-induced disasters. 
  • 263 leaders trained to help support dialogue initiatives in Janakpur and Nepalgunj.
  • 50 percent reduction in backlog cases in National Human Rights Commission.
  • 28 percent of National Human Rights Commission Recommendation fully implemented by the government.
  • 5 regional human rights resource centers established
  • 550 journalists trained on constitutional issues and new media

* UNDP supports 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