Help communities achieve greater prosperity and food security, decrease social marginalization, and improve environmental sustainability.
Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly a third of citizens living below the national poverty line — less than U.S. $0.25 per day — and another third living on less than $2 per day. Half of the population are youth, and 90 percent of them are unemployed. The country is also at high risk of earthquakes and floods.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving incomes of smallholder farmers by expanding access to financial services and supporting production of high-value crops like ginger, cardamom and potato
- Disaster preparedness: Helping communities identify vulnerabilities and build protections against floods; working with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology to build early warning systems and emergency coordination
- Children & Youth: Creating school programs that educate children to protect themselves and others in emergencies
- Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy so women can develop and expand microenterprises
All stories about Nepal
Nepal: To combat hunger, Janaki learns new ways to grow, store and sell June 16, 2011
I’m pretty sure Bill Gates hasn’t met Janaki Bhatta. But I’m just as sure he’d see in her a kindred spirit — a feisty entrepreneur who’s taking some smart steps to increase her yields of aloo (potato) and audha (ginger) — and the income she earns from them.
Nepal: Just a quick note on the story below about workers leaving Nepal June 15, 2011
Our friend Bal Joshi, who's involved in the remittances business here in Nepal — making it possible for people to send money home — told me that each month, there are 18,000 young people (18 to 30) who leave Nepal in search of work.
Nepal: Khadga Ramtel in Katwalguan village June 15, 2011
Mercy Corps’ Khadga Ramtel, a monitoring and evaluation officer for our agricultural and infrastructure work, talks with women in the village of Katwalguan.
Nepal: When your man goes to India June 15, 2011
The Nepali women we’ve been talking to don’t complain. Or not like I imagine most of us would if we were faced with the hardships they endure — on their own — every day. They live a long way from any services or resources.
Nepal: A grueling life on top of the world June 13, 2011
Yes, Nepal is so, so beautiful.
Nepal: Upheaval is unsettling, but it brings the possibility of change, and peace June 10, 2011
Nepal: It's hard to see your country slide backwards June 9, 2011
Last night we had tea with our friend Bal, a Nepali entrepreneur who has a remittances and web portal business here in Kathmandu. He told us how hard it was to see Nepal going backwards. The roads in the capital are deeply rutted and eroded.
Nepal: Bamboo and bio-engineering interventions for mitigation of riverbank erosion April 27, 2011
Floods are a major hazard in Nepal contributing to endemic poverty, an occurrence that is likely to increase and magnify due to climate change.
Nepal: Making Disaster Risk Reduction a reality April 29, 2010
Nepal: Nourishing Opportunity February 24, 2009