Dailekh District Coordination Committee (DCC) is located in Province 6 of mid-western region of Nepal. It borders with Jajarkot to the East, Achham of Seti Zone to the West, Kalikot of Karnali Zone to the North and Surkhet of Bheri Zone to the South. Dailekh has 4 municipalities and 7 rural municipalities. The total area of Dailekh is 1,502 km2. Dailekh lies mostly in the Mid-Hills and partly in theTerai. The lowest elevation point is 544 meter and the highest elevation point is 4,168 meter from mean sea level. Because of the elevation differences, Dailekh has three different types of climate: tropical up to 1,000 m (16% of area), subtropical from 1,000-2,000 m (69%) and temperate above 2,000 m (15%). The annual rainfall is about 1,500 mm and temperatures vary from 4 ºC to 34 ºC. Subsistence agriculture, mainly small-scale livestock, is the main source of occupation and livelihood of the majority of the population, with 79% of the population active in this sector. Due to low level of agricultural production, the majority of the households face acute food shortages for a large part of the year.
Map of Nepal indicatiing Dailekh District Coordination Committee
According to the National Census 2011 projection, the total population of Dailekh is 261,770 comprising 126,990 female (48%) and 134,780 male (52%) residing in 48,915 households. Dailekh has an average population density of around 174 people per square km. The average family size is 5.35. Life expectancy of the people is 58 years. The average literacy rate is about 48% (32% female and 65% male are literate). Dailekh has a multi ethnic composition with Chhetri, Kami, Thakuri, Brahman, Magar, Damai, Sarki, Newar, and Sanyashi (Giri and Puri). The most common language is Nepali (98.98%) followed by Magar (0.46%) and others (0.56 %).
Although accessibility to Dailekh is limited, this is improving rapidly. Dailekh has access to the Karnali Highway (Surkhet-Jumla) which is currently being upgraded to bituminous standard by DOR. The DOR is also currently upgrading a 67 km feeder road between the Dailekh headquarters and Surkhet to bituminous standard. Mid-Hill highway is under construction. It will run almost parallel to the Karnali Highway and link to the Dailekh headquarters.