Oxfam beneficiaries from the Dadeldhura district of Western Nepal who have participated in the livelihoods programme in the area hold some of the products they have produced. (Photo: Jisu Mok / Oxfam)
- Population: 31.6 million (July 2015 est.)
- Human Development Index: 145 (among 188 countries)
- GDP per capita: US $2,400 (2014 est.)
- Population below poverty line: 25.2% (2011 est.)
Source: CIA – The World Factbook (as of 30 December, 2015), Human Development Report 2015
Oxfam in Nepal
Oxfam has been working in Nepal since the 1980s, addressing the poverty and injustices faced by women and other socially excluded groups through a variety of projects. We work to reduce poverty in Nepal and improve the well-being of vulnerable people by strengthening their participation in development and governance processes, and pushing for economic, social, institutional and policy changes.
Our work's focus
|Gender justice – Promote gender justice and minority rights.|
|Adaptation to climate change and humanitarian response – Partner with local civil society organisations and the government to promote rural livelihoods, and vulnerable communities’ resilience to climatic shocks and disasters.|
|Empowerment – Empower communities and people, especially women, to negotiate with people in power, influence decision making processes, claim their rights and fight for essential services.|
Impact of our work
'We somehow survived the monsoon but can’t endure the winter if we do not get warm clothes and blankets.'
Since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal in April 2015, Kali Bayalkoti (56) of Mahalakshmi Municipality in Lalitpur has been living in a temporary shelter and is worried about the cold winter. About 81,000 households are in need of support to survive the winter season. So far, Oxfam has distributed winterisation kits to 12,000 households.
Oxfam is now implementing a four-year rehabilitation plan with a budget of US$65.6m (HK$5.08 billion). Oxfam Hong Kong has contributed HK$18.8 m; so far, Oxfam has reached over 480,000 people, and over 50,000 emergency and improved shelter kits have been distributed. Moreover, more than 35,000 people have benefited from our chlorinated water distribution; 7,000 latrines have been constructed, reaching over 100,000 people; and around 140,000 farmers have received rice seeds to replenish supplies that were destroyed.