Aid agencies accuse Nepal government of hampering their work

Aid agencies accuse Nepal government of hampering their work

NGOs say their projects face lengthy delays and they have to pay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to get them approved

International aid agencies in Nepal are paying the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees, and having to hand out stipends to bureaucrats, to get their projects approved and monitored. They accuse the government of hampering their work, citing year-long delays before aid projects are approved.

The country’s public officials can earn $2,500 (£1,996) a year just for attending meetings to approve aid projects, said aid groups, in a country where the prime minister’s salary is $750 a month.

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