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


Initial vocational education and training
Quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training for youth (QualiTY)
Quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Youth (QualiTY) Project aims to help Nepali youth, including those from disadvantaged groups, benefit from quality education and better employment prospects. 
Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS)
Youths entering the labour market in Nepal are compelled to remain unemployed or underemployed and work in low-pay jobs due to a lack of skills, and lack of certification and recognition of the skills they have. To provide wider opportunities and to enable Nepali youth without formal vocational training and education, and those who have gained skills through work experience to enter the labour market with recognized certificates for better employability and career path, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has initiated a National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to be implemented.
Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia
Sustainable agriculture
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme
The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes...
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...
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.


NVQS Project and NSTB Organize Interactive Meeting with Sector Skill Committees and Technical Sub-committees
Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)/National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) with the joint effort of Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS–P) organized an interactive meeting with Sector Skill Committees (SSCs) and Technical Sub-committees (TSCs) of all five sectors (Hospitality, Construction, Automobile, Agriculture, and Information Communication Technology-ICT) on 29 December 2022 at Kathmandu.
Sustainable agriculture, Labour market insertion
Swisscontact collaborates with Chamber of Industries Morang for Birat Expo 2022
Swisscontact in Nepal collaborated with CIM for the expo through Swisscontact implemented Sahaj – Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP) Phase II, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Step Up projects. 
Sustainable agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development extends support to address key challenges and bottlenecks faced for investing in climate-positive agriculture in Nepal
On 8th December, Swisscontact’s Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme in partnership with the Federation of Nepal’s Chamber and Commerce (FNCCI) organized the “Nepal Agriculture Investment Meeting” with more than 100 stakeholders – comprising of investors, government, small and medium enterprises, financial institutions, service providers and development partners. The one-day action-oriented meeting seeks to enhance the enabling agriculture investment in Nepal.
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. 

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