Development by collaboration
Nepal's five development partners – Norway, Switzerland, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women – have signed a joint MoU for development cooperation with Nepal for a period of five years. The agreement was signed by Nepal's Secretary of Finance, Shanta Raj Subedi and Alf Arne Ramslien, Ambassador of Norway to Nepal. The total estimated cost of the program is US$ 1,362 million (Rs 136.2 billion). Of the total cost, the Nepalese government will contribute US$ 1,126 million (Rs 112.6 billion) and the development partners US$ 236 million (Rs 23.6 billion).
Under this arrangement, Nepal will be provided with financial assistance for the successful implementation of the second phase of the Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP-II). The first phase of the LGCDP was completed in July 2013. It reached almost one million people, 50 percent of them women, through 40,000 ward citizen forums. The program is said to have upgraded over 8,700 kilometers of roads, renovated 2,150 schools and upgraded 1,031 health facilities and benefitted 1.9 million households by providing community infrastructure on demand.
The LGCDP-II will be executed by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and implemented through local bodies. It covers all 75 districts, 58 municipalities and 3,915 VDCs. It is expected to benefit two million households by providing them community infrastructure. The program will strengthen local governance and ensure that 90 percent of VDC secretaries are in a position to deliver services effectively.