Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country with an area of 147,181 sq km and a population of approximately 27 million people. Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. A decade long civil conflict has affected Nepal’s growth trajectory. Since the end of the civil war in 2008, development has occurred at a faster pace. However, due to Nepal’s topography and geology, many rural and remote areas remain disconnected from the centers of growth. The lack of physical access is also seen as one of the root causes of the conflict and current instability in Nepal, which is categorized as fragile and post-conflict country.

Bridges are an important part of helping bringing development to all parts of Nepal. The World Bank, in partnership with the government, has worked on the Nepal Bridges Improvement and Maintenance Program. With support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the impact of this program is being evaluated to create safer, more reliable, and more cost effective bridges on Nepal's Strategic Roads Network.

Projects

Grant Title Project Status Programs Funded Objective
Collection and analysis of the baseline data towards the assessment of impact of bridges program in Nepal Active progress Infrastructure For Growth To facilitate the delivery of the Bridge Improvement and Maintenance Project under preparation through knowledge management and capacity building of stakeholders.