Gradually taking small steps forward
With mountains over 8,000 metres high, the small country of Nepal is situated between its large neighbours, India and China. It is notable for the diversity of its population, with the approximately 30 million inhabitants including around 100 other ethnic groups in addition to the majority Nepalese population. More than 70% of the population make a living from farming. Since September 2015, the country has had a new constitution which emphasises the rights of women and minorities.
As well as having to contend with the coronavirus pandemic, Nepal is still suffering the consequences of a heavy earthquake in 2015. Many roads and buildings were destroyed, including numerous healthcare facilities. KfW is supporting the country in rebuilding hospitals and health stations as well as working to restore electricity supply in affected regions. Sustainable economic, energy and health sector development are also being promoted. As part of the BMZ 2030 reform strategy, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is ending bilateral development cooperation with Nepal. Apart from the projects and measures still in progress, no further commitments are planned.
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