Nepal: Set in the Himalayas between India and China, Nepal is home to 26 million people. The 2013 UN Human Development Report ranked Nepal number 157 out of 187 nations, indicating a strong need for development in health, the economy and education.
Government: The monarchy introduced parliamentary government in 1951, and 1990 reforms created a multiparty democracy. For the last few years, Maoist groups have threatened the government and the public schools. These threats, along with actual violence, have caused months of disruption in public services. NCEF work, however, goes on.
Development: One of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal's PPP-based GDP per capita was US$700 in 2012. Nepal has 48% adult literacy, and 60% child literacy. The education outlook has shown a promising trend over the last twenty years, but there is still a great deal of work to be done.