Norway - Nepal: Development

Our development focus areas in Nepal are education, energy and good governance.

Norway is a committed development partner to Nepal. Our key areas of cooperation are education, good governance and renewable energy.            

In 2016, Norway granted a total of 252 million NOK (approximately USD 30 million) in development aid to Nepal. The embassy has 50 active projects in Nepal, included support to Norwegian NGOs with programs in Nepal and an active supporter of the UN.

Norway’s aim is to assist Nepal in building a country based on democratic principles, rule of law, gender equality, social and economic equity and promoting good governance, including fighting agaist corruption and illicit financial flows.

The formal development cooperation between the Government of Norway and the Government of Nepal began in 1996. Norway’s contribution is based on our shared dedication to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Out of the total official development assistance to Nepal, approximately 75% is administered by the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu. The remaining 25% is channelled directly from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Cross-cutting issues
Throughout all three key cooperation areas, Norway promotes gender equality, human rights, sound environmental management and economic transparency to fight corruption and illicit financial flows. All projects supported are sensitive to these important issues. 

Transparency and open data

Norwegian Aid Statistics gives you easy access to all official statistics about Norwegian development assistance from 1960 until today. You can choose your own content and scope of the report, and get the numbers as maps, graphs and tables.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' grants portal provides an overview of all grants from the Ministry and Norad for which agreements have been entered into, and for which disbursements are planned for this year and for up to the next four years.



Education is a prioritised sector for Norway’s development cooperation with Nepal as a means to promote social equity and poverty reduction in Nepal. Read more about our work with education here.

Norwegian assistance in energy development is aimed at contributing to economic and social development in Nepal. Read more about our work with renewable energy and environment here.

Our support to the governance programs concentrates on building democratic institutions, local governance, strengthening rule of law, effective public financial management and anti-corruption. Read more about our governance programmes here.

Cross-cutting issues

All measures funded by the Norwegian government are required to be based on these principles

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Climate change and the environment

Climate change and environmental damage are destroying ecosystems, with negative repercussions for development, health and food production. It is important that our projects take climate change and the environment into account.


Human Rights & Gender Equality

The promotion of human rights and democratic principles is a crucial part of Norwegian foreign policy. There is a special focus on gender equality where the fundamental aim is to increase the opportunities available to women and girls, promote their right to self-determination, and further their empowerment.


Zero-tolerance policy on corruption

Norway practices a zero-tolerance on corruption. If you have any suspicions of financial irregularities or other misconduct in our programmes or implementing partners, go to our contact page.