German Development Cooperation (GDC)

About German Development Cooperation

The Federal Republic of Germany maintains diplomatic relations with Nepal since 1958 and has always been one of the most important bilateral donors. In accordance with the development strategy of the Government of Nepal, German Development Cooperation focuses on three priority sector: Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency and Health. In addition, German Development Cooperation is supporting a number of cross-boarder programmes geared to the enhancement of regional trade in the SAARC countries, improvement of regional resource management in the Hindukush-Himalayas, Local Governance, Peace Building through Civil Peace Service and supporting earthquake victims through the Recovery Programme.

History of German Development Cooperation in Nepal

German Development Cooperation (GDC) has been active in Nepal since 1961. The total value of GDCs contributions to Nepal amount to roughly 1 billion Euros. Bilateral cooperation currently focuses on:
1. Sustainable economic development/trade
2. Health
3. Renewable energies/energy efficiency
GDC has been a strong supporter of the Nepalese health sector for many years.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the development of the health sector as one of three priority areas in Nepal. Germany’s Technical and Financial Cooperation (TC and FC) are fully aligned within the sector-wide approach (SWAp) and focus on the following:

1. Continuing political dialogue and cooperating closely with the Nepali Ministry of Health by co-financing public expenditure in the health sector through a joint multi-donor basket-funding mechanism
2. Raising the quality of health care services in sexual and reproductive health including adolescent health and establishing a midwifery education programme
3. Improving the functionality of health facilities at various levels in neglected Mid-Western and Far-Western Development Regions by connecting the facilities (e.g., through e-health), strengthening administrative, medical and referral processes, and addressing financial shortcomings in infrastructure and equipment, particularly to strengthen antenatal and newborn care
4. Improving the availability of contraceptives in Nepal, particularly in the Mid-Western and Far-Western Development Regions
5. Enhancing the provision of health services in facilities up to the district level by supporting a public-private-partnership approach to ensure adequate maintenance of medical equipment
6. Implementing a social health insurance programme including strengthening hospital management
7. Strengthening governance in health including urban health
8. Upgrading and harmonising existing health information systems towards a future national health information platform
9. Promoting the establishment of a comprehensive quality improvement system for all levels of healthcare in the public and private sector
10. Constructing 33 prefabricated health posts and 1 large prefabricated structure at Nuwakot District Hospital, along with the repair of 3 health facilities in the districts of Dhading and Nuwakot
11. Reconstructing, rehabilitating and/or extending damaged district hospitals in four earthquake-affected districts: Rasuwa, Dolakha, Ramechhap and Gorkha and providing necessary medical equipment to these district hospitals