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EU and Nepal close NEARR Facility

Kathmandu, April 9: The European Union (EU)-funded Nepal EU Action for Recovery and Reconstruction (NEARR) Facility hosted its official closing ceremony today amidst a function organized reflecting on the ‘overall recovery and reconstruction context’, as well as ‘aspects of governance behind the reconstruction scenes’.

At the event, some of the key accomplishments of the Facility were highlighted, including how its mandate as a ‘demand-driven, adaptable and close-proximity technical assistance development partner’ has proven extremely effective in the complex operational context of Nepal, according to the press release posted on the website of the EU Delegation in Nepal. It also reflected on how its work with the main government agencies involving the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) was carried out.

The NEARR Facility has provided a wide range of advisory services and products in the last four years, including through its core team, through several international and national experts, and with the use of a flexible incidental budget. Experiences, challenges faced, and a set of recommendations were also included in the program presentations.

“The EU congratulates the NRA and NDRRMA and all stakeholders involved for the progress made so far in advancing reconstruction process in Nepal,” said Nona Deprez, the EU Ambassador in Nepal. “It is important that the current momentum be maintained and indeed increased in the time ahead so as to ‘build back greener and better’ for the benefit of the Nepali people including the most vulnerable communities.”

The EU has provided different supports in Nepal’s reconstruction and recovery after the April 2015 earthquake. This includes a State Building Contract (budget support) of 90 million Euros, and the contracting of the German Consulting Group GFA to establish a ‘Reconstruction Facility’ under the NEARR. The Facility provided demand-driven, flexible technical assistance, advisory services and products, and capacity development for the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), responsible for the oversight and coordination of the earthquake recovery and reconstruction process.

Participants included representatives from the European Union Delegation to Nepal, Development Partners, National Reconstruction Authority, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance, and the Department of Archaeology.

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