Nepal is one of the poorest countries in South Asia with 18.7 percent of the population living below the poverty line (Economic Survey 2018-19). 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 border points. Political instability has been 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 had local body election in May 2017 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 government’ representatives will bring a ‘revolution’ in development where they have been seeing a widespread corruption for the last two decades, and the two-third majority government has brought much needed stability to the country.
Agriculture is still the primary source of livelihood for 68 percent of the population, accounting for 34 percent of the GDP, and the country’s economy is highly dependent on the remittances sent by Nepali migrants working abroad.
DCA 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.
Our focus areas are:
• Inclusive Citizenship for Accountable Governance
• Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Security
• Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction
Click on the link below and download a factsheet about our work in Nepal