Crafting a New Strategy for a Better Future in Nepal

Video | 20 February 2020

ADB staff visited all 7 provinces of Nepal and Kathmandu to hear views on development priorities, needs, sectors, and challenges in designing a new Country Partnership Strategy for the country. This video traces their steps as they met with representatives from federal, provincial, and local governments, civil society organizations, community groups, the private sector, and youth.

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ADB, while formulating a new Country Partnership Strategy for Nepal, held consultations with stakeholders in all 7 provinces and in Kathmandu to collect their views on development priorities.

"Your views and feedback would allow us to better understand what challenges you have and how we can design our operations to be most effective and as I mentioned already to support inclusive and sustainable economic development of Nepal." 
– Mukhtor Khamudkhanov, Country Director, Asian Development Bank, Nepal

Consultations were held with representatives from federal, provincial and local governments. Consultations were also held with civil society organizations, community groups, private sector and youth.

"The objective of this consultation is to discuss about the opportunities, challenges and priorities in this province." – Sharad Bhandari, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank, Nepal

"If you ask us about 5 priority areas for development the first priority area would be energy.  If we can generate 1000 to 1500 megawatt electricity that can generate good income." - Amar Bahadur Thapa, Member, Sudurpaschim Provincial Assembly

The stakeholders emphasized urban development, infrastructure, road networks and hydropower for the development of their provinces.

"Infrastructure development is essential." – Mohan Maya Dhakal, Deputy Mayor, Birendranagar Municipality, Sudurpaschim Province

"Waste management system and landfill sites are key priorities." – Renu Dahal, Mayor, Bharatpur Metropolitan City, Province 3

Programs promoting commercial agriculture, tourism, small and medium scale industries, education and skills development were also underscored.

"Technical education is a key priority." – Buddhi Prasad Sherchan, Chief, Thasang Rural Municipality, Gandaki Province

"We should emphasize promoting education." – Bhola Gupta, Chief, Prasauni Rural Municipality, Province 2

"What kind of projects can we bring in to promote agribusiness? Sufficient employment can be generated if we can have one agricultural project in one constituency." – Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Speaker, Sudurpaschim Provincial Assembly

Issues of environmental conservation, women’s empowerment, gender equality and social inclusion were highlighted. 

"Gender equality and social inclusion is important. Gender equality and social inclusion should be incorporated in all areas. Female entrepreneurship, female farmer groups, etc should be promoted." – Goma Devi Acharya, Deputy Mayor, Butwal Sub Metropolitan City, Province 5

The stakeholders emphasized capacity development of provincial and local governments to support them realize the full potential of the new federal structure.

"Elected representatives require capacity development. How to build their capacity? How to make them more competent?" - Sherdhan Rai, Chief Minister Province 1

The participants thanked ADB for its work in Nepal and expressed their willingness to work together in the future.