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  • Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Nepal 2009 - 2012
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A close partnership lasting more than 50 years
Swiss development cooperation with Nepal over the past fifty years has focused on subjects as diverse as cheese, trail bridges, road building, professional training, seed production, protection of human rights, peace promotion and promotion of democracy.

Retrospective
Brochure: 50 Years Nepal-Swiss Development Partnership (en)

Nepal

Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Nepal: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/nepal/

NEPAL.GIFNepal is a priority country for Swiss development cooperation. Switzerland’s presence there goes back to the 1950s, and it currently contributes to promoting the peace process, respect for human rights and better living conditions for disadvantaged population groups in that country. Whereas Switzerland’s aid at the outset was almost exclusively concentrated on rural and forestry projects in the Himalayan foothills, greater importance was attributed in the 1990s to bridge and road construction, the sustainable management of natural resources, technical training and the promotion of small enterprises. With the escalation of the conflict between the Maoist rebels and the monarchical state, Switzerland’s work in Nepal has since 1998 increasingly focused on peace promotion and the strengthening of governance. The Swiss cooperation strategy for Nepal for 2009-2012, formulated together with FDFA Directorate of Political Affairs, defines the present strategic conditions for the SDC’s engagement in Nepal.
Swiss International Cooperation 2011
mill. CHF
2012
mill. CHF
2013
mill. CHF
 
SDC
Bilateral development cooperation 32.16 33.41 38.20
Humanitarian aid 0.09 0.55
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Economic Cooperation and Development
Total SDC/SECO 32.25 33.96 38.20
 
Other Federal Offices
FDFA Human Security Division and Directorate of International Law 1.24 1.09 1.38
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) 0.22
Total other Federal Offices 1.46 1.09 1.38
 
Cantons and municipalities 0.84 1.27 ..
 
Total 34.55 36.32 39.58
SDC figures excluding program contributions to Swiss NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF

Development Cooperation: Priorities

The intent of Switzerland in Nepal is to make an effective contribution to the attainment of selected UN Millennium Goals and to the implementation of poverty reduction strategies. Thus, it supports the peace process, democratisation and the active inclusion of disadvantaged population groups. It coordinates the use of its instruments and harmonises its activities with those of other development organisations.

Switzerland is primarily active in the following areas:

The SDC contributes to harmonisation and coordination among donor countries, thereby encouraging the development efforts of the Nepalese people. Primarily, it works together with:


Humanitarian Aid: Priorities

In spite of the end of the Maoist rebellion and the signing of the peace agreement, the consequences of the ten-year conflict between the Maoist rebels and the government – forced displacement, destruction of the infrastructure and destabilisation of the country – are present everywhere. In addition, although it seems there has been a change for the better, some 90,000 refugees from Bhutan are still living in camps. With government approval, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) counted and registered the refugees in 2007. In the meantime, several countries (the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, and The Netherlands) have accepted more than 25,000 Bhutanese refugees into their territory (status: end 2009). Nepal is also endangered by natural hazards, especially by flooding and landslides during the monsoon period and by earthquakes and drought.

The Cooperation Office in Kathmandu monitors humanitarian conditions and, together with bilateral partners and multilateral organisations, implements humanitarian activities. Financial contributions and, in the case of necessity, experts from the Humanitarian Aid Department and the SHA have been place at the disposal of the Cooperation Office (for small-scale operations), international organizations (the WFP, ICRC), and NGOs (Terre des Hommes) in order to assist the victims of the conflict and the natural disasters plaguing the country, as well as to help the refugees from Bhutan.


Background information
Facts and figures
Surface area
Population
Annual population growth rate (since 1990)
Life expectancy at birth women / men
Adult illiteracy rate: women / men
Gross Domestic Product GDP per capita
Percentage of population with less than 2 USD per day
147'180
30.486
1.7
69.6 / 67.9
51.7/ 27.0
619.5
57.3
km2
mill.
%
years
%
USD
%
Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013

Background information Nepal (BBC)

Local SDC contact address:
Nepal (Kathmandu)
Swiss Cooperation Office Nepal
Jawalakhel, Ekantakuna
P.O. Box - 113
Kathmandu - Nepal
Phone +977 155 24927
Fax +977 155 25358
Email kathmandu@sdc.net

Website www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/nepal/



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Local SDC contact address:

Nepal (Kathmandu)

Swiss Cooperation Office Nepal
Jawalakhel, Ekantakuna
P.O. Box - 113
Kathmandu - Nepal

Phone +977 155 24927
Fax +977 155 25358
Email kathmandu@sdc.net
Website www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/nepal/

Additional Information and Documents

Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.