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UNICEF is dedicated to advancing the rights of all children in Nepal, especially the most marginalized and disadvantaged

Happy child
UN Nepal/2017/LNGAKHUSI

UNICEF in Nepal: A five-decade partnership

UNICEF in Nepal: A five-decade partnership
UNICEF began operations in Nepal from its New Delhi office in 1964. The two-person liaison office established in Kathmandu in 1968, finally became a full-fledged office in 1972.

 

Over the years
Over five decades of partnership, UNICEF in Nepal has contributed towards many strides the country has taken. The focus of programmes has continuously changed over the years to meet the changing needs of children, adolescents and women in Nepal.  

1960s-1970s

Providing mainly hardware support through vehicles and construction; printing and distribution of textbooks; support for immunization, iodine, vitamin A and iron supplements, and promotion of breastfeeding and oral rehydration therapy.

1980s

Supporting early childhood care and development, equal access to education for girls, child protection, child and maternal health, community water supply and sanitation as well as out-of-school education for children in the most remote locations.

1990s

Empowering communities especially women and Meena initiative to promote behavioural change.

2000s

Protecting children during the conflict period, paralegal committees, HIV and life skills.

2013-2017

Reforming policy and legislation; strengthening systems and services for children; addressing social norms and behaviours related to harmful practices, adolescents’ development and participation, climate change and disaster risk reduction. After the 2015 earthquakes, UNICEF was there with emergency response and recovery.

2018-2022

UNICEF continues to advocate for investing in children at the federal, provincial and local levels to maximize the potential of Nepal’s young population, and supports Nepal’s renewed commitments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF’s programmes for 2018-2022 will focus on areas related to health; nutrition; child protection; education; water, sanitation and hygiene; and social protection. Aside from these, early childhood development, adolescents, disability, gender as well as disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are issues that will be tackled across sectors.

A boy in early childhood development class
UNICEF Nepal/2012/CSKarki

FACTS: UNICEF Nepal

• is a United Nations agency that signs its five-year country programmes with the Government.

• is not an international non-government organization (INGO).

• works through government and non-government partners and does not implement programmes.

• provides support for strengthening existing government systems mainly through advocacy, policy dialogue and training.