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.

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.

Education is a prioritized 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.

Current projects

The Norwegian Embassy aims to promote transparency and include anti-corruption measures in all our development work. As part of this effort, we publish the contracts and agreements of the projects we support. A full list of projects can be found here.

More information regarding the agreements can be found on MFAs Grant Portal by following this link

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Combating illicit financial flows and corruption

National income generation, taxation, and combating illicit financial flows and corruption are far more important for development than aid. Illicit financial flows from developing countries total USD 1.26 trillion a year. In comparison, global aid is around USD 120 billion.