Kathmandu, July 14, 2017 – Finland’s Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Mr. Jorma Suvanto today signed an agreement with the Ministry of Finance of Nepal to support the implementation of the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) through a grant of EUR20 million (approximately equivalent to NPR 2,320 million). This support is for the initial five years (2016–2020) of the seven-year program (2016–2023).
Mr. Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Nepal. Representatives from the Ministry of Education were also present. Finland allocates 40% of its support to help achieve specific results, the so-called Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs). Finland’s support is tied to two DLIs: assessment and examination system (DLI 4) and reduction in disparities in access, participation and learning outcomes (DLI 6). 60% of Finland’s support is in turn paid against satisfactory progress of the SSDP program as a whole.
Finland’s support to the SSDP is fully aligned with the Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA), signed and agreed jointly by nine Joint Financing Partners and the Government of Nepal. Finland has supported the education sector in Nepal since 1999 and has co-chaired the Joint Financing Partners towards the end of School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP) and at the beginning of the SSDP. Education is one of two key sectors of Finland’s Country Strategy for Development Cooperation in Nepal.
“Quality and equity in education remain the key concerns for Finland and have already for a long time been the priorities of Finland’s support to Nepal’s education sector. The two DLI areas that Finland has prioritized represent the key markers for measuring the quality and equity in education,” stated H.E. Suvanto.
Finland also supports Nepal’s education sector through technical assistance. Currently Finland’s technical assistance means supporting the Ministry of Education to develop the curriculum, textbooks and teacher guides, focusing on soft skills. In addition, peer support is provided through the Finnish National Agency for Education to the Ministry of Education.
For more information on Finland’s Country Strategy for Development Cooperation in Nepal, visit the Embassy of Finland webpage: www.finland.org.np.