Denmark’s partnership with Nepal started in 1989. Through this long-term partnership, the aim is to contribute to poverty reduction, respect for human rights, deepen democracy, create quality education, and support green and inclusive growth.
Denmark provides yearly around DKK 160-200 million in development assistance to Nepal, supplemented by the support of Danish civil society, private sector, cultural institutions, and education institutions that work with Nepali partners.
Development assistance to Nepal is implemented through the following programmes:
Poverty cannot be fought and human rights fulfilled without a solid economic foundation. Fighting poverty requires years of solid economic growth. As natural resources become scarcer and the planet ever more fragile, new forms of sustainable growth are required. The UNNATI – Inclusive Growth Programme focuses on promoting sustainable inclusive growth by reducing poverty and raising living standards in Nepal. The programme supports farmers in improving their production by supporting them financially, improving the infrastructure and the value chain. The programme works on strengthening and commercialising the value chains of the agriculture commodities: ginger, orthodox tea and dairy in Eastern Nepal. The Programme takes its point of departure in 7 districts in the Eastern Region. However, as value chain development by nature goes beyond borders, the programme will address issues at all levels and even international issues as needs be.
Peace, Rights and Governance Programme
Time Frame: 2014-2018
Budget: DKK 200 million
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world, partly as a result of the decade long civil war, which ended in 2006, and is facing democratic and human rights issues. The Peace, Rights and Governance Programme is aimed to foster social cohesion and improving access to justice and public services in rural areas, and thereby help Nepal ensure political stability and peace.
The programme consists of three main components; 1. Peacebuilding and Democratic Development, 2. Local Governance, 3. Access to Justice and Human Rights.
National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme
Time Frame: 2012-2017
Budget: DKK 205 million
The Government of Nepal is struggling to provide energy to its citizens. More than ten hours a day the capital, Kathmandu, is without electricity, and many communities in the rural areas do not have access to electricity in their homes. With the National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme we support green and renewable energy; such as home solar power, hydro power, improved cooking stoves, and bio gas installations. The aim is to reach the poorest and most remote parts of the country, which can contribute to improved living standards and increased employment.
The programme has a decentralised structure and strong partnerships with NGOs, local authorities, and the private sector and it is funded through subsidies, credit donations, and technical support.
Denmark has been engaged with sustainable energy in Nepal since the late 1990s. In the last twelve years, more than 1 million households, equivalent to about 5 million people, have gained access to renewable energy, which has created green jobs and helped families to better health. It is a clear aim with this current programme to reach more than a million households with renewable energy within the next five years.
Read more about the specific programmes in the following pages.