Contribution to Rural Housing Reconstruction Project (RHRP)

Rural households affected by the earthquake of April 25, 2015, especially from disadvantaged groups, will rebuild earthquake resistant houses through the RHRP, the Government’s lead project for housing reconstruction. With a total contribution of 7 million CHF, the Swiss support through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund managed by the World Bank, will enable an additional 3’500 rural households to rebuild. The contribution will be complemented by technical assistance through secondments and experts provided also by SDC/HA.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Aide humanitaire & RRC

Réhabilitation d'urgence
Hébergement (till 2016)
Protection, accès & sécurité
Reconstruction et réhabilitation (till 2016)
Efficacité humanitaire
01.01.2016 - 30.06.2025
CHF  2’000’000

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake (EQ) struck Nepal, followed by another earthquake on May 12th. More than 8,500 people were killed. About 490’000 houses were destroyed and 265’000 houses damaged to the extent to make them at least temporarily inhabitable, leaving around 3.2 million people homeless.

The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) carried out in June 2015 estimated a total reconstruction need of USD 6.5 billion, of which half or USD 3.2 billion is for the reconstruction of housing and human settlements.

According to the division of labour emerging since the EQ, the World Bank will be the lead agency in private housing reconstruction.


The goal of the RHRP is to restore housing damaged during the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal using earthquake resistant building techniques, and materials, through an owner-driven approach, and improving long-term resilience and culture of safer and sustainable housing.

Groupes cibles
  • Vulnerable affected households in the districts with strong Swiss presence.
  • Masons, artisans and unskilled construction labor.
  • Local government agencies and their staff.
Effets à moyen terme
  1. Earthquake affected households, selected on the basis of socio-economic vulnerability and gender equity perspective, have the means to rebuild their homes based on earthquake safer construction standards, designs and construction practices.
  2. Construction artisans and homeowners are equipped with skills to construct earthquake safer housing units using local materials and traditional construction methods supported by relevant training and technical assistance.
  3. Government and programme stakeholders have strengthened their capacities in homeowner driven programme management, supervision, monitoring and grievance mechanisms with the support of aid actors experienced in similar programmes (Pakistan, Haiti, Sri Lanka).

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Homeowners of totally destroyed homes rebuild basic core houses through conditional cash based assistance integrating earthquake resistant techniques.
  • Masons and artisans receive proper training including earthquake resistant methods and techniques using local materials and resources.
  • Central and local level authorities establish effective and adapted programme management mechanisms to provide guidance to operational partners and ensure relevant programme oversight.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution financière internationale (IFI)
  • Other WB

Autres partenaires

Local civil society organizations, communities and private sector actors.

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Government Ministries and institutions, UN agencies, National and International NGOs and other development partners participating to the reconstruction efforts in Nepal.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    2’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.01.2016 - 30.06.2025   (Phase en cours)