January 12, 2017.

The Steering Committee of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) recently approved the increase of the housing reconstruction grants to Rs.300,000 (about USD 3,000).

The decision which was taken by the Committee on September 26, has also directed the NRA to provide the grants in three installments upon signing agreements as follows:

News & Highlights


Kathmandu, May 29: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has prepared criteria for risk reduction of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while undertaking post-earthquake reconstruction works. The NRA’s Executive Committee meeting today approved the criteria.

The criteria has been set for work station management, construction material supply, work management of human resources, local administration, local government and the role of other stakeholders while undertaking reconstruction of private houses, health institutions, educational institutions and archeological heritages.

Prime Minister vows to avoid delay in reconstruction

Kathmandu, April 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has vowed to avoid delay in the post-earthquake reconstruction despite the country facing a major battle against coronavirus.

NRA's CEO Presented Early Lessons from Earthquake Recovery at the World Reconstruction Conference June 6, 2017. The Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority, Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel, made a keynote speech on ‘Early lessons from post-earthquake recovery in Nepal’ at the third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) hosted in Brussels. Read More >>
UNDP and NRA Recently Established a Human Resources Facility June 5, 2017. The UNDP continues supporting Nepal's reconstruction efforts by establishing a Human Resources Facility which aims at providing comprehensive and rapid institutional capacity strengthening support to the NRA. Read More >>
27 Engineers Deployed to Strengthen Technical Support in 14 Districts May 15, 2017. A group of 27 Engineers, hired by the UNDP for the NRA, will be applying their expertise in implementing the recently approved Corrections/Exceptions Manual, which simplifies the technical procedures without compromising on quality of construction. Read More >>
NRA Launches a Mobile App for Rebuilding "Safer & Better" May 11, 2017. The “Surahshit Ghar” Free App allows users to access NRA’s news, information, and official messages. With audio and visual clips, the App also features the procedures to receive the grant, technical assistance and information on NRA’s safety procedures to build a house. The App also allows affected beneficiaries to send their queries on reconstruction to respective officials. Read More >>
Public Land to be Available for Building Public Infrastructure May 7, 2017. The NRA has decided to provide 1,766 ropanis of public land to build public structures in Laprak VDC in Gorkha district. The land will be used to build a secondary school, Laprak hospital, a health post, a Gumba (monastery), a water tank, a rural municipal building and a police post. Read More >>
NRA Directed the Conservation of Open Spaces in Kathmandu Valley and the Preservation of the Valley’s Ancient, Indigenous Settlements May 7, 2017. The NRA has directed the respective ministries to arrange and manage open spaces in the Kathmandu Valley as a precaution for future natural calamities, and has formed a working committee to study and recommend ways to preserve and manage Kathmandu’s ancient, indigenous settlements and heritage sites. Read More >>
The NRA Gives an Additional NPRs 4 Billion of Spending Authority to MoFALD April 28, 2017. The NRA has authorized the distribution of an additional grant of NPRs 4 billion to build private houses in the earthquake-affected districts. The NRA has authorized the additional grant to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to meet the beneficiaries’ requirements, and keep the grant distribution running in the 14 most-affected and 17 less-affected districts. Read More >>
Government of Nepal Started the Distribution of First Tranche in the 17 less-affected Districts April 04, 2017. According to the National Reconstruction Authority, the distribution of the first tranche of the Private Housing Reconstruction Grant to the 17 less-affected districts started on April 2017, in Kaski District. Dr. Pokharel also informed that the grant distribution to the other 16 less-affected districts is expected to start by mid-April, 2017. Read More >>
Government of Nepal Approves Increase in Grants Subsidy to NPR 300,000

January 12, 2017. The Steering Committee of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) recently approved the increase of the housing reconstruction grants to NPRs.300,000 (about USD3000). The Committee also decided that NPRs.25,000 from the third installment must be mandatorily used to build toilets, install biogas plants or solar systems

Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel NRA CEO
Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel Assumes Office as NRA CEO January 12, 2017. The Government of Nepal has recently appointed Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA). The new CEO assumed duties in January 2017. Read More >>
NRA’s Development Assistance Coordination and Facilitation Committee (DACFC) holds its first meeting October 28, 2016. The first meeting of the NRA’s Development Assistance Coordination and Facilitation Committee (DACFC) was held on October 28, with participation from government officials, development partners and NGOs. Read More >>
World Bank's delivers the First Annual Report for the Nepal Earthquake Housing Reconstruction MDTF September 15, 2016. The World Bank delivered the first formal update on the activities of the Nepal Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Multi-Donor Trust Fund. The Report highlights the numerous milestones and achievements made in housing reconstruction from July 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016 Read More >>
The United Kingdom supports Nepal reconstruction efforts by providing grant assistance of £71.5 million September 10, 2016. The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) will continue supporting Nepal’s reconstruction efforts by providing a grant assistance of £71.5 million, which is approximately 10.10 billion NRPs. Read More >>
Nepal beneficiaries being enrolled in the EHRP
Over 100,000 families have received the first installment of EHRP housing grant August 22, 2016. The Government of Nepal has deposited the first tranche of the housing grant in the bank accounts of more than 100,000 beneficiary households. Read More >>
Donor News: USAID
Donor News: USAID continues its long-term recovery efforts in Nepal April 25, 2016. Since the earthquakes of 2015, the U.S. Government through USAID has continued its long-term recovery efforts in housing and infrastructure; livelihoods and food security; health, water and sanitation; good governance; and the prevention and protection of vulnerable populations against gender-based violence and trafficking in persons. Read More >>
Donor News: Canada
Donor News: Minister Bibeau announces total amount of Canada's support in response to Nepalese earthquake crisis April 25, 2016. The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today marked the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Between April 25 and May 25, 2015, Canadians donated a total of $51.7 million to eligible organizations. Read More >>
Quake survivors will receive grants in Dolakha
The Kathmandu Post: NRA ready to issue first grants from Singati Centre

March 13, 2016. Eleven months after the devastating earthquake, the National Reconstruction Authority is signing participation agreements with displaced families for housing reconstruction grants as part of its final preparations to distribute the government-announced cash to the homeless.

Donor News: The World Bank
World Bank Appoints New Country Director for Nepal March 8, 2016, Kathmandu. Qimiao Fan has been recently appointed as the World Bank’s new Country Director for Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Mr. Fan will oversee implementation of the World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Nepal, including support for post-earthquake recovery. Read More >>

Program Update

The reconstruction of houses affected by earthquake has been progressing well.

The private housing reconstruction process continues in the 14 most affected districts. As of June 26, 2017 28,019 houses have been rebuilt and 63,902 are under construction. The Government of Nepal has also started the distribution of first tranche in the 17 less affected districts and has agreed to provide support to landless quake survivors and people living in vulnerable settlements by developing integrated settlements
May 22, 2017 The National Reconstruction Authority has begun the process of developing integrated settlements with the purpose of relocating five vulnerable settlements from five highly quake-affected districts.
May 9, 2017. The NRA will provide two additional lakh to the landless quake survivors who are living in public lands or in forest areas. The Government’s cabinet has approved the NRA’s proposal under the Affected Private House Reconstruction Grant Distribution-First Amendment working procedure 2016, which has opened the door for landless quake survivors to buy land.

March 29, 2017. The private housing reconstruction process continues at a steady pace in the 14 most affected districts. The distribution of the third tranche has began in some districts and the Government of Nepal, has also announced that the distribution of first tranche in the 17 less affected districts will start in mid April.

January 31, 2017. The Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program is advancing at steady pace. As of today, the program has completed three of the five stages of implementation: 1) Survey, 2) Identification and Validation, and 3) Enrollment. According to the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), as of January 2017, 41,311 houses have been rebuilt and 28,198 are currently under construction.

September 8, 2016. The Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program continues to move forward on numerous fronts. Approximately 80% of eligible beneficiaries are enrolled in the program and around 76% of enrolled beneficiaries have received the 1st tranche of housing cash grant.
July 31, 2016. This update provides an overview of the Government of Nepal's Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program and the support that is been provided by the Nepal Earthquake Housing Multi-Donor Trust Fund during its first year of implementation.
August 22, 2016. The numbers of beneficiaries formally enrolled in the EHRP is increasing at a brisk pace. 70% of the identified beneficiaries have been enrolled in the EHRP and will receive a housing subsidy and technical support from the Program.
The Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program conducted a pilot of the Program's enrollment process in Singati Bazaar, Dolakha District. Through this pilot, 600 households in Lamidanda and Laduk Village District Communities (VDCs) were successfully enrolled in the EHRP. The enrollment process went relatively smoothly and considered successful.
July 4, 2016. The first stage of the Nepal's Housing Reconstruction Program has been completed. A total of 717,343 housing structures were surveyed; and of these, approximately 533,300 households were identified as qualifying as beneficiaries for the Program’s housing subsidy

June 15, 2016. More than 50 BFIs (banking and financial institutions) with a presence in the earthquake-affected districts of Nepal have signed service agreements with the National Reconstruction Administration (NRA) to participate in the distribution of housing grants to beneficiaries.

May 30, 2016. Three banking and financial institutions (BFI) associations and the Government of Nepal (including the Ministry of Finance and the National Reconstruction Association) signed a standard banking service agreement and memorandum of understanding (MoU).

June 30, 2016. In spite of difficult challenges, the housing reconstruction effort has moved forward and reached important milestones in the past year since the earthquake events. Under the leadership of the Government, Nepal is taking steps in the right direction to carry out a successful housing recovery process.

December 25, 2015. The Government of Nepal appointed Sushil Gyawali as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority.

July 30, 2015. The international community has been working together to assist the Government of Nepal with relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts.