Nepal has a long history of political instability, oppression, and civil war. The country has a new democracy, with a fresh constitution of 2015 which declared that the country would be restructured to federal rule. In 2017, Nepal carried out the first local elections in 20 years, and the first federal government was in place in 2018. The Development Fund, which has been present in the country since 1982, gives priority to the poorest areas in its work, and has long experience with e.g. climate adaptation, food security and municipal planning.

Key Facts

- Capital: Kathmandu
- Population: 29 million
- HDI: Nepal occupies the 144th place, with a score of 0.497 on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index (in comparison, Norway has a score of 0.053)*

*UNDP Human Development Report 2016

Food security and nutrition

In Nepal, the Development Fund works to strengthen food security and improve nutrition for poor families. Our projects include, inter alia, training in varied agricultural production, increased knowledge about nutritious diets, and better animal health. Click on this link to read more.

Climate and environment

Nepal is heavily affected by extreme weather, climate change and environmental degradation. More sustainable management of natural resources, in addition to knowledge and preparedness, are decisive to assure that the country is ready for the challenges of the future. Our projects contribute to climate adaptation in the countryside, stronger local preparedness in the face of climatic challenges and extreme weather, rebuilding of degraded agricultural areas, and preserving secure access to high-quality seed. Click on this link to read more.

Economics and market access

Agriculture is the most important source of income for poor families in the Nepali countryside, but earnings are low and many young men emigrate to find jobs. To secure increased incomes and alternative income sources, there is a need for better market access, increased participation in the value chain, and vocational training. Click on this link to read more.

Participation and equality

Nepal is a young democracy. The Constitution, which was only passed in 2015, declared that the country would be restructured to federal rule with seven provinces. In 2017, Nepal carried out the first democratic local elections in more than 20 years, and the first federal government was in place in 2018. The political map of Nepal is thus rapidly changing. The Development Fund in Nepal has long experience at strengthening civil society and contributing to successful political processes, e.g. through municipal planning. Click on this link to read more.