Administered by the World Bank, the Nepal Rural Housing Reconstruction Program Multi-Donor Trust Fund has been initially established with the vital support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Canada. Following the close of the MDTF's first reporting period, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) joined the MDTF, in November 2016. The MDTF donors' support has enabled the Government of Nepal to reach critical milestones in its Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program.
Donors Contributions to the MDTF
As of March 2017, MDTF donors have contributed a total of US$ 26.6 million as follows:
*SDC has pledged an additional US$ 4 million to be paid in installments
The strong team of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund partners - USAID, SDC, Canada, DFID, and the World Bank - is working in parallel with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to support the Government of Nepal in driving the Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program forward while ensuring the program's efficiency, transparency and inclusiveness.
The MDTF and JICA teams have formed a critical partnership, which is a major force supporting the Government of Nepal in housing reconstruction. In addition, the team works closely with the United Nations, other international partners and non-governmental organizations (local and international) to ensure efficient and strong results in the housing sector.
Partners Contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program
The cost of the housing program is estimated at about US$ 1.5 billion. The Government of Nepal's budget appropriation for its reconstruction activities was US$ 900 million for fiscal year 2016. Thus far, the World Bank and the MDTF are providing US$ 200 million (from International Development Association - IDA) and US$ 26.6 million, respectively, for the EHRP. Additional support includes about US$ 200 million from international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), US$ 100 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for parallel financing, about US$ 100 million in budget support from the European Union, US$ 9 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for technical assistance in three districts, and US$ 100 million from India.