About Us Introduction
UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
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.
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, climate change and HIV; and
• Empowering women and disadvantaged people and fostering policies for equity and equality.
Within this framework, our Programmes address six priority areas for Nepal's development:
• Transitional Governance
• Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Livelihood
• Peace Building and Recovery
• Energy, Environment and Natural Disaster Management
UNDP's activities span almost 75 districts and 1,000 out of 4,000 villages. The number of projects ongoing in 2011 is 29. Of the $30.5 million spent in 2011, almost $22m came from UNDP sources and bilateral/multilateral agencies. The main donor partner were DFID and Norway, Global Fund and DANIDA which funded 23% of programme expenditure.