Cooperation with Nepal is a priority for the Swiss government and looks back on a history of 60 years of development cooperation in Nepal.
Switzerland is supporting the democratic development of the new federal state in Nepal. Through the SDC, it is working to promote equitable socio-economic development and to enable men and women to exercise their rights and responsibilities within the new federal structures.
The Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Nepal 2018-2021 foresees total disbursements of approximately USD 130 million (equivalent to NPR. 14.7 billion) over four years. It emphasises inclusive federal state building, promotes employment and income, and contributes to the safety of Nepali migrant workers. Gender Equity and Social Inclusion, and Disaster Risk Reduction, are included in Swiss programme portfolio in a cross-cutting manner.
Swiss development cooperation in Nepal focuses its interventions mainly at the state and local levels, fostering in particular the socio-economic development of women and members of disadvantaged population groups, and helping to build sustainable and inclusive institutions.