Cooperation between France and Nepal is now entirely channelled through the European Union with the only exception of the support given to the Alliance Française of Kathmandu and to a yearly mission for training in medical high mountain rescue. The Alliance française de Katmandou is the main tool for teaching French and organizing cultural activities in Nepal.

One expert is posted in-house with the Nepalese authorities, namely one technical assistant in sismography based at the Department of Geology and Mines. Financial grants are given, on a case-by-case basis, to French NGOs working in Nepal.

- Cultural and scientific cooperation

Upon proposal of the French Embassy in Nepal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is financing operations for strengthening mutual collaboration in the fields of excellence and cooperation, old and new, between France and Nepal. The main tool for this coopération is the Alliance française.

Historical perspective.


The French CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) has a long tradition of missions and collaboration with the Nepali Academia which started in the sixties. Over 26 French researchers have spent extented periods of time in Népal and have authored major works about Nepal.

List of French Scientists involved in Nepal

- Letizia Chiara (Ethnology)
- Toffin Gérard ( Ethnology)
- Ripert Blandine (Géography)
- Sacareau Isabelle (Géography)
- Krauskopff Gisèle (Ethnology)
- Dollfus Pascale (Ethnology)
- Smadja Joëlle (Géography)
- Lecomte-Tilouine Marie (Ethnology)
- Meyer Fernand (Tibétology)
- Viroulaud Lucile (Ethnology)
- Ramirez Philippe (Ethnology)
- Boulnois Lucette (History)
- Jest Corneille ( Ethnology)
- Sihlé Nicolas (Ethnology)
- Satya Shrestha -Schipper (Ethnology)
- Bernède Franck (Ethnomusicology)
- Berardi Tadié Barbara (anthropology)
- Bordes Rémi (Anthropology)
- Cailmail Benoît ( History)
- Fort Monique (Géography)
- Bruslé Tristan (Géography)
- Massonnet Pierrette (Documents)
- Palikarska Lubomira ( Ethnology)
- Aubriot Olivia (Agronomy)
- Delcaillau Bernard (Géodynamics)
- Mugnier Jean-Louis (Géodynamics)

More information about this very rich heritage, together with the biographies of the researches and excerps of their work, can be found in the CNRS web site

Panauti Integrated Project

Part of the work done in colaboration with the CNRS was the Panauti Integrated Project - more information HERE

France also cooperated with Nepal on research about citrus fruit disease. The two partners were the French Institut national de la recherche agronomique and the Academy of Sciences of Nepal. The goal was to help Kathmandu in being gradually a reference centre for the research about and the fight against this disease.


For over 30 years, France has been maintaining a regular ccooperation with Nepal in sismology : more information HERE


Located at Chamonix in the Alpes, the Ecole nationale de ski et d’alpinisme prouded itself of longstanding links with its Nepalese counterpart, the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Mutual benefits were shared by both sides : the Nepalese were proposed with up-to-date training in France for their mountain guides ; and the French had access to the best high altitude summits in the world. On May 2005, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the ascent of Mount Makalu by a French team has given a new opportunity to recall the fraternal links bonding France and Nepal in the field of mountaineering.


In the field of journalism, Agence France Presse and the Nepal national agency R.S.S. have developed strong contacts since more than 40 years. The two main executives of R.S.S. have been on a study tour to France in November 2004.


Scolarships and study tours were granted for selected Nepalese students wishing to pursue universitary and post-graduate studies in France.

In June 2005, three photovoltaic power systems have been provided to Mustang, enlightening three of its Buddhist monasteries and their unique artistic heritage.

Bilateral cooperation is of course not restricted to government funded projects. Autonomous bodies have their part in it. This is for instance the case with Canal France International, which entered a partnership with the national broadcaster Nepal TV in July 1998. CFI has been proposing programmes on a regular basis, and has held training sessions in Nepal (two sessions in 2004). Radio France International is also handing musical programmes to local FM radios : Metro FM (94.6MHz), a popular radio station of Kathmandu Valley, has started in August 2005 a new regular programme broadcasting French songs, classical music and world music from French-speaking countries. This programme is broadcast on every Saturday at 3:00 PM for 45 minutes.

Food Security Programme for Nepal

In 2008/2009, France gave an exceptionnal 500.000€ to Nepal through UNDP and WFP to help populations diplaced by the Khosi floods.

In 2007 The United Nations World Food Programme in Nepal welcomed a generous US$400,000 donation from the Government of France to help sustain WFP efforts to provide emergency food aid to over 375,000 people who have been suffering from years of consecutive drought.

France has been granting regular food aid to Nepal for more than ten years and untill 2007.
a programme of cooperation financed by the counterpart fund of French food assistance enabled the complete renovation of a number of religious monuments and historical buildings in Panauti (35 km. Southwest of Kathmandu), the cleansing of the old town through a network of sewers, and the building of several schools. The executive staff was composed of qualified Nepalese craftsmen and a team of French volunteers of the national service. This programme constituted the landmark project for French-Nepal cooperation in the 1990’s.

The French Ambassador Mr. Jolivet discussing with Mr. Ganesh Kumar K.C., Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives - 44.8 kb
The French Ambassador Mr. Jolivet discussing with Mr. Ganesh Kumar K.C., Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

The current Food Security Programme for Nepal (FSPN), which ended in March 2007, was launched in July 2003 jointly by the French Cooperation through the Embassy of France in Nepal and the Government of Nepal. Its overall goal was to finance the implementation of food security projects in rural and remote areas of Nepal.

The FSPN was financed through the counterpart fund of the French Food Aid. In December 2003, the French Government provided 8,000 T. of soft wheat to the Government of Nepal. For the year 2005, 300,000€ have been granted to purchase rice locally (in Terai, food surplus area of production) then redistributed in food deficit areas.

In the framework of the policies and the national strategies for poverty alleviation defined by the Nepalese government, the global objective of the Food Security Programme for Nepal was to improve in a sustainable way food security for different sections of the Nepalese population. In order to achieve this global objective, the programme was based on three specific objectives:
- 1. Strengthen the capacities of farmers, farmer organizations, and governmental organizations at local level;
- 2. Increase the food availability locally;
- 3. Improve access to markets and livelihood’s conditions of rural population. The transversal objective of natural resources management and environment protection completed those three specific objectives.

The FSPN financially supported project proposals submitted by three types of organization: local NGOs, French organizations, and Government of Nepal’s organizations at local level (DADO, DLSO). In total, 17 projects in 4 districts of Nepal (Kavre, Makwanpur, Mustang, Baitadi) have been funded under FSPN, directly benefiting 9,000 households living in remote areas and subject to food deficiency. Moreover, 10% of the counterpart fund has also been allocated to provide humanitarian assistance and relief to the Nepalese population in case of emergency (landslide, flood, drought, earthquake and other natural disasters) throughout Nepal.

This program will end on its present form on March 15, 2007. Then an evaluation study will be conducted and a new scheme for a French Food Aid in Nepal, following the London Convention, should be implemented in collaboration with the World Food Program.

This program ended on its present form on March 15, 2007. Then a new scheme for a French Food Aid in Nepal, following the London Convention, is now implemented in collaboration with the World Food Program.

Alliance française de Katmandou

In 2004, the Alliance française de Katmandou has shifted to new premises. The average number of 1,500 students per year has remained stable since 2000. The Alliance is offering various round-tables and activities, in a view to attract and keep a public for the higher levels of the proposed teaching courses. For instance, topical courses about civilisation, and for bettering the conversation capacities of the students, have been introduced since 2004. This year, the Alliance is in the process of starting a beginner course on French literature, and a round-table about cinema. The current pool of eleven teachers have all been trained in the pedagogy and techniques of teaching French to foreigners.

The Alliance is also conducting teaching activities outside its premises, mostly for trekking agencies, international hotels, staff belonging to UN agencies, or some foreign diplomats. It has signed agreements with eight schools in Kathmandu, from primary level upto final years. Moreover, since this year, the Alliance is giving crash courses to Royal Nepal Army’s officers and staff due to join UN peace keeping operations in French-speaking countries. In accordance with an agreement passed with the Nepalese Ministry of Education, the Alliance is devising a new primer, the goal being to introduce French, in the future, as an optional course for School Leaving Certificate.

Backed by local sponsors, the Alliance is organizing cultural events and, on a yearly basis, the Francophony Festival and the June Music Festival.

For more information, please consult the Alliance website.

Human rights

In January 2012 HE François ZIMEARY, French Ambassador for Human rights, visited Nepal. He awarded to Mrs SK Sah the first ever Prize of the French Embassy for Human Rights and meet most actors in this field.

In 2008, the French Government allocated 200.000€ to UNICEF to help rehabilitate female former maoïst comnattants.

July 2005 : the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocates 100,000€ to the Office in Nepal of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Following the last session in Geneva, in spring 2005, of the Commission for Human Rights, the Nepalese authorities have agreed the opening of a permanent office of the UNHCHR in Kathmandu.

- Support to NGOs

Over 80 French NGO are providing help in Nepal, mainly in the education and health sectors.
In 2004, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted financial support to two NGOs, Comité d’aide médicale and Action contre la faim, and their current programmes in Nepal.

In 2006, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted financial support to “Humancare”, a French NGO with activities in Nepal since 2004.

In 2007, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has granted financial support to The Red Cross Society of Nepal and to “Caritas-France” (in cooperation with “Caritas-Nepal”) for their activities towards flood victims.

Dernière modification : 20/01/2012

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