Support to Relief and Recovery from COVID-19

The proposed interventions support the Government of Nepal in its efforts to contain the further spread of COVID-19 and to address the socio-economic consequences, in particular for disadvantaged groups. As a trusted partner and with its longstanding experience in development cooperation, Switzerland is well positioned to effectively provide relief and recovery during, and in the aftermath of the pandemic, in close collaboration with local and international stakeholders.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Business support & economic inclusion
Basic health infrastructure
Sector not specified
SME development
Health systems strengthening
Labour migration
01.05.2020 - 01.09.2025
CHF  5’461’048

The coronavirus has rapidly spread across the world and was called a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. While Nepal so far has not seen a major spread of COVID-19, it is expected that the disease will severely affect developing countries, like Nepal, in the coming weeks and months, risking to throw hundreds of thousands people back to poverty. Weak health systems, combined with high rates of food insecurity, low access to water and sanitation services, and densely populated urban centres could result in high death rates. As a result, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has taken measures to impose a complete ‘lockdown’ to prevent a further spread of COVID-19 within the country. These restrictions have started to show devastating socio-economic impact at individual and country level. Early indicators suggest that vulnerabilities may increase disproportionately for migrant workers, informal labour, small businesses and rural communities due to potential loss of employment, travel restrictions, inflation, food and fuel shortages etc.

While the GoN is preparing to respond to the pandemic, the country severely lacks medical equipment and infrastructure. Preparedness measures should therefore start as soon as possible and in hand with relief and recovery efforts to reduce the socio-economic impact on the population.

Switzerland’s response capitalizes on the lessons learned from the 2015 earthquake experience. 

Objectives Contribute to the COVID-19 prepardeness, relief and recovery efforts of the Government of Nepal and reduce the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on Nepali people.
Target groups

-    Affected people across the country with a special focus on Province 1 and disadvantaged groups;

-    Federal, provincial and local governments for capacity building components. 

Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1:    Women and men, including disadvantaged groups, have equitable access to relief and recovery support to maintain their livelihoods and dignity.

Outcome 2:    Federal, provincial and local governments are better prepared for COVID-19 and provide effective, needs-based and inclusive responses to affected people.


Expected results:  

1.1.    Municipalities implement effective agricultural inputs vouchers mechanisms; 

1.2.    Financial intermediaries and Private Equity firms facilitate access to capital and provide advisory services to ensure business‘ continuity; 

1.3.     People, including returnee migrants, have access to livelihood opportunities, including through skills trainings in the agriculture sector; 

1.4.    Service providers have the capacities to extend GBV related, survivor-centered services in a COVID-19 conform manner across all 7 provinces; 

2.1.    Province 1 Government (P1) establishes a Provincial Pandemic Response Protocol (PPRP); 

2.2.    Hospitals in P1 have increased capacity to respond to the pandemic and Hospital Waste Management systems (HWMS) are in place.

2.3.    Government agencies are better equipped to provide support services to stranded migrants in destination countries as well as repatriation and reception of migrant workers in Nepal.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
Foreign state institution
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • National State Institute North
  • Foreign private sector North
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • United Nations Capital Developoment Fund

Other partners
Partially direct implementation (procurement), partially through national and international partners as per the incoming requests and proposals (government agencies, NGOs, international organizations)
Coordination with other projects and actors Relevant government partners at federal, provincial and local level, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and/or other development partners, providing relief and recovery to Nepal. Synergies with Swiss projects: Province Support Project, Safer Migration Project, Provincial and Local Government Support Program, GBV Prevention and Response Project, Nepal Agricultural Markets Development Program, Nepal Agriculture Services Development Program, Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’461’048 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’641’034
Project phases Phase 1 01.05.2020 - 01.09.2025   (Current phase)