Kathmandu– Nepal-Australia diplomatic relation is entering into 60 years of its establishment from (February 15) Saturday. Canberra has established itself as a reliable development partner of Kathmandu in 59 years of the diplomatic ties between Nepal and Australia. Over the years, the Australian government and private sector have contributed to the economic and social development of Nepal
through assistance in the fields of health, education, hydroelectricity, sustainable management of forest, agriculture, strengthening governance and service delivery, civil aviation, and livestock management.
Australia’s assistance to Nepal is delivered through Nepal government and in partnership with other donors and multilateral organizations.
Priority areas for Australia’s development assistance to Nepal are in line with Nepal’s poverty reduction strategy and include basic education, health, livelihoods, strengthening and improving governance, peace building and human resource development.
Australia has also equally contributed to human resource development through the provision of scholarships, and helped to reduce the incidence of HIV through a Harm Reduction program for Injecting Drug Users (IDUs).
Support has also been provided to peace building activities that address the root causes of conflict, such as issues of governance, poverty and discrimination.
Currently, Australia is assisting in enriching local governance, education and micro-enterprise development. In the past Australia made significant contribution to the Community Forestry Programme in Nepal. Australia’s support to health, civil aviation, administration, community development, agriculture, heath, micro enterprise development, and peace building have remained important.
Australia provided support to the victims of 2015 earthquakes and to the affected people of Nepal under humanitarian assistance and early