The Government of Nepal has recognized that sound population policy formulation in the area of population and development, and the effective and efficient implementation of population policy depend on competent professional advice, research and analysis. The Government of Nepal has, therefore, worked with Tribhuvan University (TU) to establish a high quality research and training institution to serve the country's population and development programme. The Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS) was established in 1988 by T.U. Council. Since 1990, CDPS has been modestly funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It has grown and developed during the last twenty-five years and has made significant contributions to the nation's population dynamics sector. The Department is also a focal point for conducting training and research activities for the government agencies, namely Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) and Ministry of Health (MoH). Besides, it has been working in collaboration with other several sectoral ministries and policy making and planning agencies. It is envisaged that CDPS will continue to grow, in line with the evolving needs for research and training in the country; and that it will emerge in due course as a major research and training centre in South Asia.
Source of funding
CDPS receives regular support from Tribhuvan University.CDPS received UNFPA assistance from 1990 till 2007 including the physical infrastructure. It has also been working as an implementing partner of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the Seventh Country Programme (2013-2017) activities.CDPS also received technical assistance from Department for International Development (DFID) to support institutional linkages with the Centre for Population Studies (CPS), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank and the British Council/DFID have been recurrent sources of funding for small and medium scale research and curriculum development.