Nepal is one of the poorest countries in South Asia with around 21.06 percent of its population living below the poverty line. Nepal’s economy, that was slowly recovering from the decade long civil war, suffered adversely from devastating earthquake and disruption in supply situation due to obstruction in southern boarder points. Political instability is a major challenge for Nepal and a major hindrance to its economic growth.
However, with the promulgation of the new constitution in September 2015, the country is heading towards stability. Nepal recently had local body election in May for the first time in 20 years. Nepal also held the first general election since the end of a war between the security forces and Maoist rebels and after the monarchy was abolished in 2008.
Everyone is hopeful that new local bodies’ representatives will bring a ‘revolution’ in development where they have been seeing a widespread corruption for the last two decades and general election will bring much needed stability to the country.
Agriculture is still the primary source of livelihood and the country’s economy is highly dependent on the remittance sent by Nepali migrant’s working abroad. Economic growth rate has averaged 4.2 percent in the last ten years. The growth rate of 6.94 percent in the current fiscal year is the highest recorded growth in the last ten years.
Dan Church Aid has been supporting development work in Nepal since 1980’s. Initially, the work was focused on traditional development fields like clean drinking water, irrigation systems and improvement of infrastructures. However, these modalities have changed over the years. We are now working mainly to improve the life and livelihoods of the most marginalized communities through a more rights based approach.
• Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance
• Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security
• Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction