Denmark allocates Rs 300 m aid for Nepal

KATHMANDU: The Embassy of Denmark and Danida Human Rights and Good Governance Programme Office (HUGOU) today signed agreements with six Nepali civil society organisations to provide them with long-term financial and technical support.

The Danish government, through Danida HUGOU, will be providing Rs 300 million to six civil society organisations — Nepali Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Centre for Legal Research and

Resource Development, Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre, Martin Chautari, Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation and Women for Human Rights.

Issuing a press statement, the Danish embassy said Danida would apply a new approach in its support to the civil society in Nepal. “We are moving in a new direction to provide long-term core support to enable the organisations to implement the strategic plans they have developed,” said Danish Ambassador Finn Thilsted.

The support is a part of a larger five-year Human Rights and Good Governance programme which was launched in January, 2009. Under this programme, Denmark will provide financial assistance of approximately US $30 million.