Urban poverty in Nepal (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1322)



What are the issues and trends in relation to urban poverty in Nepal? Include data on key trends as well as a qualitative overview of the issues pertaining to informal settlements, housing and access to services that make poor people more or less vulnerable to hazards.


Urban poverty is becoming more pervasive in Nepal: The poverty rate is increasing in urban areas, whilst it is declining in rural areas (ADB, 2013; UNDP, 2014). There has been a noticeable improvement in the rural Human Development Index (HDI) value between 2006 and 2011, whilst the urban HDI value has remained constant (UNDP, 2014). Topics covered in this report include the vulnerability of the poor to hazards, dimensions of urban poverty, factors contributing to increasing resilience of the urban poor, and the impact of government policy and planning on urban poverty and vulnerability.


Bakrania, S. Urban poverty in Nepal (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1322). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2015) 13 pp.

Urban poverty in Nepal (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1322)

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