UNICEF in Nepal


The 2008-2010 programme is focussed on the poorest and most excluded, including children and young people impacted by the conflict. It stresses women’s and young people’s participation and seeks to assist local communities to better manage their development needs – and importantly to strengthen the relationship between community and government. At the policy level, UNICEF works to develop appropriate legislation and policies for children, with the government. The programme is also prepared for emergency response given Nepal’s particular susceptibility to natural disasters.

The full three year programme is budgeted at USD 68,214,000, of which USD 20,214,000 has been allocated internally. USD 48,000,000 is required to be raised from donors over the three year period. This document outlines the seven programme areas of UNICEF’s work in Nepal, indicating budget requirements for every project in the 2008 – 2010 programme.

DACAW
The Decentralised Action for Children and Women (DACAW) approach is UNICEF’s primary vehicle for directing a range of interventions to rural communities across Nepal. It aims to strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities; improve the delivery of necessary services; ensure local government plans and implements effective programmes; and support policies for decentralisation in favour of children and women. UNICEF’s sectoral programmes are channelled through DACAW in 23 of 75 districts in Nepal.

Child Protection
UNICEF’s Child Protection programme aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government and civil society to protect children against violence, exploitation and abuse and seeks to support the building of protective systems covering all types of child rights violations.

Education
The Education programme aims to improve access to quality learning opportunities for all children, and enable girls and disadvantaged children to complete a basic education cycle and graduate to lower secondary level.



Health and Nutrition
The Health and Nutrition programme aims to improve access to quality health interventions and improved services for maternal, newborn and children’s health.

HIV/AIDS
The HIV/AIDS programme aims to reduce new HIV infections among young people and to provide access to preventive services for AIDS treatment, care and support for children, pregnant women and adolescents.

WASH
The water, sanitation and hygiene programme aims to increase access to sustainable and safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, and improved hygiene practices in schools and communities, thus contributing to a reduction of related diseases.

Social Policy
The social policy programme supports the government in the development of policies, legislation and budgets that advance women’s and children’s rights, especially among the most marginalised groups. This programme also covers external relations work and monitoring of the situation of children and women in Nepal, and evaluation of programmatic response effectiveness.

History of UNICEF in Nepal

UNICEF celebrated 40 years of work in Nepal in 2008 and has participated in many of the development strides the country has taken in that time from basic services in the 60s, immunisations in the 70s, early childhood rights, education and protection in the 80s, empowering communities to monitor and advocate for their own health and education needs in the 90s, and an emphasis on protection during the conflict in the 2000s.

The 2008-2010 programme is focussed on the poorest and most excluded, including young people impacted by the conflict. It stresses women’s and young people’s participation and seeks to assist local communities to better manage their development needs – and importantly to strengthen the relationship between community and government. The programme works in the Child Protection, Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, Water and Sanitation, and Social Policy Sectors. Programmes are delivered both nationally and through UNICEF’s Decentralised Action for Children and Women approach (DACAW).

At the policy level, UNICEF works to develop appropriate legislation and policies for children with the government. The programme is also prepared for emergency response given Nepal’s particular susceptibility to natural disasters.

Our Work

Decentralised Action for Children and Women

The Decentralised Action for Children and Women (DACAW) approach is UNICEF’s primary vehicle for directing a range of interventions to rural communities across Nepal.

Child Protection

Building an environment that protects children against violence, exploitation and abuse
• Child Protection Systems
• Children Affected by Armed Conflict
• Legislation and Policies for Child Protection

Education

Quality primary education for all children in Nepal
• Early Childhood Development
• Formal Primary Education
• Non-formal Primary Education
• Peace and Emergency Education

Health and Nutrition

For improved survival, growth and development of children and women
• Child Survival
• Maternal Health
• Nutrition
• National Health Sector Support

HIV and AIDS

Reducing the spread
• PMTCT
• Paediatric HIV and AIDS Treatment
• Adolescent HIV and AIDS Prevention
• Protection and Care for Children Affected by HIV and AIDS

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean water and sanitation saves lives
• Quality Water Supply
• Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene
• National District Level Sector Support

Social Policy

UNICEF supports the Government in development of policies, legislation and budgets that advance women’s and children’s rights, especially among the most marginalized groups.

Emergencies

UNICEF supports the government and key partners to enhance knowledge and skills necessary to meet the immediate needs of children affected by humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

Communication for Development

UNICEF promotes positive individual behavior and social change that is an integral part of development programmes, policy advocacy and humanitarian work.