Khurkot Bridge Built With ADB Support Boosts Connectivity

Nepal has opened the Khurkot Bridge over the Sunkoshi River, which links hilly regions of the country, particularly Ramechhap, Dolakha, and Sindhupalchowk districts and the Terai districts. Read More

Aviation Safety and Security - ADB's Take

Developing safe air transport systems and airports is a critical task for all nations. The complex work requires that small and developing countries work together to pool their resources and expertise. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More

ADB Loan to Nepal to Tackle Chronic Power Shortages, Rural Supply Gaps

ADB has approved a $180 million equivalent loan to help Nepal overcome its crippling power shortages and export surplus power to neighboring India. Read More


Nepal has made notable socioeconomic progress over the years, particularly in the area of poverty incidence, and meeting a majority of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are likely to be met by 2015. However, it continues to face challenges in further reducing poverty and socioeconomic disparities, achieving the remaining MDGs, and accelerating its annual growth rate.

ADB's country partnership strategy, 2013-2017, supports the government's development objective of accelerated and inclusive economic growth. It seeks to address the infrastructure bottlenecks in the areas of energy, air and road transport, water supply and sanitation, and irrigation, creating an enabling environment for increased business and employment opportunities.

Fast Facts

27.21 (2013)
Population in millions

1.3% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

25.2% (2011)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
1,021.39 / 25.65
Agriculture (58)
350.40 / 8.80
Education (16)
714.70 / 17.95
Energy (21)
239.90 / 6.02
Finance (12)
157.23 / 3.95
Industry and Trade (10)
51.10 / 1.28
Multisector (3)
192.30 / 4.83
Public Sector (4)
628.06 / 15.77
Transport and ICT (26)
626.90 / 15.74
Water Supply (18)
3,981.98 / 100.00
TOTAL (168)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013