Category Archives: Development

Rebuilding livelihoods, Building Back Better key for Nepal: ADB vice-president

Nepal needs immediate help to rebuild livelihoods after last month’s devastating earthquake but in the longer term, the country must make sure it is more resilient to future disasters, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) vice president for Knowledge Management

Australia pledges aid AusD6 million

Australia pledged an additional support of AusD6 million (equivalent to Rs 472.02 million) for Nepal’s reconstruction. Australian ambassador to Nepal Glenn White announced the aid at the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR2015) here in Kathmandu today. Nepal’s development partners

Donor conference to chalk out plan for reconstruction

The devastating earthquake of 7.8-magnitude that shook the country on April 25, and the numerous aftershocks that followed, left the country with losses amounting to a third of the total economy. With the National Planning Commission prepared Post-Disaster Needs Assesment

Capital spending not more than 50 per cent: Minister Mahat

The government finds it challenging to spend budget rather than resource management. There are some challenges in budget spending though resource management is not a tough job,” according to Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat. Addressing a programme jointly organised

Earthquake pushes one million Nepalis down poverty line

The devastating earthquake of 7.8-magnitude on April 25 and susbquent aftershocks has pushed an estimated one million people below poverty line. Presenting the findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report here today National Planning Commission vice chair Dr Govinda

ADB joins US-led partnership to fight climate change in developing countries

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today joined a global public-private partnership to provide the highest-quality scientific data and tools to help developing countries improve their climate change planning. “Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change,”

Nobel laureate’s twin formula for Nepal’s reconstruction

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has recommended formation of two different mechanisms – national reconstruction body and international coordinational body – to reconstruct the infrastructures damaged in the devastating earthquake of April 25. He suggested to constitute a high-powered authority to

Korean parliamentarians donate Rs 13.2 million to Nepal

The Korean parliamentarians have donated Rs 13.2 million to Nepal for resettlement and reconstruction. National Assembly members of the Republic of Korea donated the money to Nepal for the resettlement of displaced by the recent earthquakes and reconstruction of the

Donors’ conference in Kathmandu on June 25

The government has decided to hold international donors’ conference in Kathmandu on June 25. The cabinet meeting today, apart from fixing the date, formed a committee led by finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat to hold the national conference of

Government, UNFPA Nepal launch campaign for earthquake response and beyond

The United Nations Population Fund, with the support of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and UNFPA Nepal goodwill ambassador Manisha Koirala, have launched ‘Dignity First’, a campaign that captures the essence of the life-saving work needed to support

Government prepares action plan for reconstruction of damaged heritages

The government has come up with three phase action plan for the preservation and reconstruction of the world heritage sites damaged by the devastating earthquake on April 25. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has come up with

Police arrest traders for overcharging tarpaulins

Metropolitan Police Crime Division Kathmandu today arrested three traders on the charge of overcharging customers for tarpaulins. During an inspection today, police found traders overcharging customers by as much as Rs 1,200 per tarpaulin, a press release from the division

Ban urges world to help raise funds for quake-hit Nepal

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon today urged the member countries and others to help raise an additional $365 million urgently needed to support Nepal devastated by a devastating earthquake on April 25, and its powerful aftershocks. Addressed the United Nations

Delay in donations may deepen crisis for quake survivors: UN

United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick has warned that the failure of international community to respond to humanitarian appeal launched by the UN and its partners may result in a crippling loss of dignity of divastating earthquake

Planning commission ready with short-term reconstruction plan

National Planning Commission (NPC) will submit plan for resettlement – for the earthquake-displaced people – and reconstruction of collapsed structures within this week. NPC vice chair Dr Govinda Raj Pokhrel today said that the plan will be forwarded to the

Parliamentary committee directs government to adopt one-door policy for relief aid

International Relations and Human Rights committee today directed the government to take all the foreign assistance for relief and rehabilitation through government fund. “We have directed the government to take the much-needed foreign assistance only through the government fund based

Government planning Reconstruction Authority

The government is mulling to set up a powerful autonomous body to oversee reconstruction works on fast track mode. “The autonomous Reconstruction Authority set up with efficient government officials will spend Rs 200-billion National Reconstruction Fund for the reconstruction in

Donors pledging aid, government has no cash for immediate relief

Donors have – post April 25 devastating earthquake – pledged billion of rupees in aid for Nepal, but the country has not received any hard cash. “The donors and international aid agencies have pledged billions but Nepal has not yet