35th anniversary: ILO-Nepal partnership

The publication is on the technical assistance programme from 1966 with the government and the ILO's social partners in Nepal.

The activities of the ILO have been presented in chronological order divided into four distinct periods. The activities started in one period were often continued into the next period but during the subsequent phase, there were noticed incremental focus and achievements in these ongoing activities.

In the early years of ILO in Nepal, from 1966 to 1990, ILO activities were concentrated in the fields of manpower planning and assessment of training needs. Subsequently, the programme expanded to other areas, namely employment, training, labour policy and administration, cooperative development, women and gender, child labour, social security, management, small enterprise development, industrial relations and labour-based construction.

The second period of activities was from 1990 to 1996. The political movement of 1990 replaced the Panchayat with a democratic system. This provided the ILO and its partners with new opportunities in the areas of advocacy, policy and social dialogue that are its focal areas of commitment.

The third period was from 1996 to 2001. As a result of a thorough and systematic review of the labour sector in Nepal, the ILO’s constituents and the ILO agreed on a mid-term programme that would address the problems prevailing in the Nepalese world of work.

Finally, this publication ends with a chapter on planned activities for the biennium of 2002–03 which has been prepared in consultation with the ILO’s social partners. Although these objectives cover a wide range of activities, they are consistent with the four key areas of the ILO, namely, employment, social dialogue, fundamental rights and social protection.