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About Us


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 areas of Madhesh Province, Karnali Province and Sudurpaschim Province 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, UNDP Nepal is working on drafting its new CPD cycle (2023-2027) by identifying a set of prioritized 'asks' emerging from partner and stakeholder consultations and informed by the inital outcome ares emerging from the parallel UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).


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). Currently we are working in these areas:

  • Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Democratic Governance
  • Resilience
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion 



  • 2,526 women received temporary basic income and insurance coverage through the Sambodhan project.
  • 740 landless households (63 percent women-headed) directly benefited from livelihood improvement, creation of employment opportunities and maintenance of food security through multilayer agroforestry initiatives. 
  • 8,891 farmers (60 percent women) received agricultural technical support and advice. 
  • 3,732 people (29 percent women) benefited from short-term employment or enhanced skills in tourism sector.
  • Supported drafting of LDC Graduation Smooth Transition Strategy, Nepal’s second SDG Progress Report and Integrated National Financing Framework, and 12 policy research studies on International Development Finance were carried out.
  • 1,612 returning migrants improved their skills in Lumbini and Madhesh provinces, and 69.5 percent of them were employed. 


  • Enhanced access to clean energy to 25,127 households with the generation of 1.378 MW of renewable energy, benefiting more than 120,000 people (52 percent women).
  • 11 health facilities and birthing centers were supported with 29kWp solar power backup systems to support uninterrupted and smooth services that caters 41,676 people including 20,142 women.
  • 100+ hectares of degraded land were restored and 400+ hectares with irrigation, benefiting close to 47,000 people (50 percent women).
  • 10,900 people from 2,325 households in Madhesh Province benefited from seven new reliable solar drinking water facilities.
  • Four additional local governments implemented the electronic building permit system.
  • Federal and provincial government finalized five key policy documents, including an implementation plan of revised NDC, two provincial climate change financing frameworks, climate resilient integrated watershed management plans for two watersheds, and the Karnali Province risk sensitive land use plan.
  • 142,199 seedlings and saplings from various species were planted in over 80 hectares in community forest patches. 
  • Six hospitals were supported for sustainable waste management of 106 tons of healthcare waste, benefiting an estimated 450,000 people served by these hospitals. 
  • 4073 households benefited from protecting and managing 253 water sources in Khotang and Okhaldhunga districts. 
  • Construction of 63 catchment ponds has supported in irrigating 76.03 ha in drought prone watersheds in Khotang and Okhaldhunga district.



  • 97 laws, guidelines, and standard operating procedures were supported at local and provincial levels. 
  • The government adopted the Business and Human Rights Plan of Action; 2,000 individuals were asked for their feedback .
  • 12,307 people (6,762 women ) benefited from remedial legal aid services and 53,740 people (49 percent women) received preventive legal services.
  • 25 provincial laws were drafted and tabled in Karnali.
  • 15 federal and provincial parliamentary oversight sessions were conducted.
  • 20 local government GESI strategies were developed and 28 provincial GESI audits conducted.
  • Over 507 MPs (48 percent women) were engaged in more than 180 interventions and oversight activities. 


  • Supported 18,420 smallholder farmers in enhancing their access to technology, agricultural inputs, and markets. 57 percent of the beneficiaries were women, and 53 percent belonged to minority groups.
  • 2422  Women got short term job opportunities in tourism sector 
  • 1,594 women received skill-based training programmes
  • 25 members of the LGBTIQ+ community received skills training
  • A total of 180 MPs (73 percent women, 27 percent men) participated in these programmes, gaining valuable understanding and skills.


Over three million people benefited from health system support during the height of COVID-19 pandemic, with UNDP assisting hospital waste management across provinces and digitation of the immunization system. Critical support was provided to enhance response-capacity of provincial and local level health institutions through provision of emergency medical equipment and crisis communications.

US $1,336.55

GDP per capita

49.9 %

women having an account in a financial institution


people have access to electricity

US $21 million

average annual loss due to climate induced disasters


Nepal ranks 108th of 180 countries in terms of corruption


Nepal ranks 74th out of 180countries in press freedom