Nepal's economy relies heavily on remittancemostly from unskilled labour migrants, and agriculture which is predominantly subsistence. There are opportunities for Nepal to capitalise on its resource endowments and its young population demographics by promoting commercial agriculture and fostering entrepreneurship across various sectors to create jobs and income opportunities.   
About nepal

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 147,516
  • Population: 28,609,000
  • Capital: Kathmandu

Swisscontact in Nepal

  • since 1991
  • 5 running projects


Labour market insertion
Step up – Improving labour market access for unemployed
Nepal faces enormous employment challenges that are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Difficulties to find gainful employment for the unemployed include lack of information on jobs and business opportunities, appropriate skills and access to networks and support services such as career guidance or counselling. In addition, business support services that provide entrepreneurs with services to start, sustain and improve their businesses are weak or even missing. The project aims to address these deficiencies in the current employment ecosystem and contribute to the Government of Nepal’s efforts to increase job creation and the employability of its labour force.
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Practical vocational training helps young people enter professional life (YEP) 
The goal of the project is to reduce the high rate of youth unemployment in Nepal. Beneficiaries gain access to market-oriented, high-quality vocational training courses. This increases their chances of sustained successful integration into the professional world. As employees or self-employed professionals, they earn a living and improve their...
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.
Sustainable agriculture
Sahaj - Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme
In 2017, agriculture contributed around 27.04 per cent to Nepal's GDP. Agriculture is a major source of livelihood in the country. However, the agriculture sector is still in a nascent stage as far as technology and modern cultivation methods are concerned. Agriculture mainly engages smallholder farmers who continue to use traditional methods of...
Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System
500,000 young adults enter the labour market of Nepal yearly but most of them remain unemployed or underemployed. Through the programme, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology along with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) will be supported to establish a National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Framework...


Webinar on Importance and Relevance of NVQS for Youths’ Employability and Career Progression
To provide information about National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) and its importance to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT)/ National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) and Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) has jointly started a series of webinar sessions.
Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar
Paving the road for Inclusive Systems Development
As the portfolio of Swisscontact South Asia is expanding, employees from different schools and organisations are joining Swisscontact more frequently. These new are often unaware of the key thinking approach of Swisscontact. Therefore, to develop their understanding and to refresh the knowledge of the existing employees, a team from Swisscontact Bangladesh took the opportunity to share their experience related to Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) approach with their colleagues from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar through a virtual workshop.
Webinar on Importance and Relevance of NVQS for Employers
Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT)/ National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) and Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) has jointly started a series of webinar sessions to educate relevant stakeholders and public about National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) and its importance.
Country Director
Sanjay Karki

Swisscontact in Nepal

Swisscontact Nepal focuses on strengthening the competencies of people and improving their employability through upskilling and reskilling, initial vocational education and training, and labour market insertion. We engage with private sector enterprises to increase their competitiveness to achieve impact and scale. We also work towards sustainable agriculture development through commercialisation and agricultural markets development.

Swisscontact Nepal implements projects in a pragmatic way to address complex development challenges, which is participatory, inclusive, and sensitively adapted to local conditions. The approach helps in empowering local actors to develop capabilities and networks to overcome existing barriers. Addressing equal access for women and men, as well as disadvantaged groups, are critical aspects to any initiative we at Swisscontact Nepal do it in all levels. 

Our partners
Swisscontact South Asia has been successfully working with partners below for implementing projects.
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Swisscontact Nepal 
Sanepa Marg 
P.O. Box- 21499