The relations between Finland and Nepal are based on development cooperation. With development cooperation Finland can help Nepal to reduce poverty, enhance the peace process, root democracy into the society, improve human rights and promote environmentally sustainable development.
By supporting Nepal Finland can contribute to the stability of wider Southern Asia, which is in the interest of Finland’s foreign and security policies. Because Nepal has relatively few donors, Finland has exceptionally good possibilities to gain visibility and results in its strong sectors.
Finland’s support to Nepal in 2010 is approximately EUR 12,5 million, and the amount of aid is planned to be increased. In addition Finland is funding regional projects with EUR 1 million. The combined budget of Finnish NGOs’ projects in Nepal exceeds EUR 5 million.
Finland concentrates in bilateral development cooperation in Nepal in main sectors that are education, water and sanitation, forestry and environment. Read more here.
ICI programmes aim to streghten the capacity of state institutions, such as ministries, departments and universities in cooperation with Finnish state institutions or civil service departments. Read more here.
The Embassy allocates local cooperation funds for projects that aim for conflict prevention and peace building or to projects that are innovative and operate in the focus areas of Finland’s Development Policy Programme. Read more here.
In 2010 the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is funding approximately 50 NGO projects that are implemented by 20 Finnish NGOs in Nepal. In addition, some Finnish foundations are having projects in Nepal. Read more here.