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  • Energy To Move Rural Nepal Out Of Poverty : The Rural Energy Development Programme Model In NepalEnergy To Move Rural Nepal Out Of Poverty : The Rural Energy Development Programme Model In NepalMar 8, 2012This report presents one of 17 case studies which, together with a report titled ‘Towards an ‘Energy Plus’ approach for the poor: A review of good practices and lessons learned from Asia and the Pacific’ and an Action Agenda Note, comprise a review of good practices and lessons learned in energy service delivery to the poor. The study was commissioned and facilitated by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre. This study identifies key characteristics that have helped poor households and communities gain access to modern energy services, and to derive valuable lessons for future energy access activities.

  • Turning Tradition To New Ends : Improving Water Mills In NepalTurning Tradition To New Ends : Improving Water Mills In NepalMar 8, 2012This case study documents the experience of the Improved Water Mill programme in Nepal. The Improved Water Mill (IWM) programme promotes a simple and versatile technology that uses water resources to produce 3-4 kW of mechanical and electrical power. IWM improves upon the traditional water mill by replacing its parts with more efficient ones, thereby increasing agro-processing efficiency and adapting the mill to other end uses, including electricity generation. By promoting a variety of end use options, the IWM programme has a positive impact on rural households by promoting micro-enterprises, generating incomes and employment opportunities, reducing drudgery for women and allowing more free time for engaging in other activities. The programme also sets up and strengthens watermill owners’ associations, which promise to be the main vehicles for future IWM technology dissemination.

  • Making Energy Markets Work For The Poor : Large-Scale Dissemination Of Biogas Plants In NepalMaking Energy Markets Work For The Poor : Large-Scale Dissemination Of Biogas Plants In NepalMar 8, 2012This publication is one of 17 case studies which, together with a report titled ‘Towards an ‘Energy Plus’ approach for the poor: A review of good practices and lessons learned from Asia and the Pacific’ and an Action Agenda Note, comprises a review of good practices and lessons learned in energy service delivery to the poor. Commissioned and facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (UNDP APRC), this case study identifies key characteristics that have helped poor households and communities gain access to modern energy services, and to derive valuable lessons for future energy access activities. This case study is the product of an intensive collaborative process.

  • Enhancing Access to Financial Services Annual Review ReportEnhancing Access to Financial Services Annual Review ReportMar 8, 2012

  • Human Stories from the FieldHuman Stories from the FieldMar 8, 2012

  • Impact Assesment of Micro-Enterprise Development ProgrammeImpact Assesment of Micro-Enterprise Development ProgrammeMar 8, 2012

  • MEDEP Mid Term Review 2006MEDEP Mid Term Review 2006Apr 30, 2006

  • Lessons Learned: Nepal's Experience Implementing Sustainable Rural Tourism Development Model of Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation ProgrammLessons Learned: Nepal's Experience Implementing Sustainable Rural Tourism Development Model of Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation ProgrammApr 30, 2007The Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) aims to improve the livelihood of people by harnessing their participation in tourism development activities. TRPAP is active in six districts of Nepal, namely Taplejung (Kangchenjunga), Solukhumbu (Everest), Rasuwa (Langtang), Chitwan, Rupandehi (Lumbini) and Dolpa. The Programme has focussed on raising awareness of tourism issues, and facilitated organisational responses through community participation. It has successfully formed a series of community groups and enabled local people to engage in tourism. TRPAP seeks to contribute to poverty alleviation in Nepal by mainstreaming pro-poor sustainable tourism policies, and developing strategies and innovative models that are pro-women, pro-environment and pro-communities. There are good opportunities for national and international pro-poor sustainable tourism practitioners to learn lessons from the TRPAP experience during its five years of implementation since September 2001.

  • Sustainable Development Agenda for NepalSustainable Development Agenda for NepalNov 10, 2005This Sustainable Development Agenda for Nepal (SDAN) is an attempt to spell out what such a path may look like. It is a national document prepared by His Majesty's Government following a series of consultations with our national and international development partners. As a broad Agenda, SDAN is envisaged to be a process in motion that complements and guides all sectoral and periodic plans of the government. This Agenda also meets in advance part of the government's commitment to fulfill one of our Millennium Development Goals of having a national agenda and strategy on sustainable development in place by 2005.

  • Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, NPC/HMGInterim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, NPC/HMGFeb 28, 2002Poverty incidence has remained high in Nepal. The low and yearly fluctuating agricultural growth rates, inadequate social service delivery, and limited coverage of successful targeted programs are some of the reasons for the continued high incidence of poverty. Political uncertainties, weak institutional capacity and weak public resource management have fuelled its perpetuation. Thus, poverty reduction requires concerted efforts in an integrated and comprehensive manner on all fronts.The PRSP/10th Plan being prepared by the National Planning Commission (NPC) provides a general framework for poverty reduction strategy within which all the stakeholders will act. The Plan will be evolved through a participatory process.

OUR WORK - POVERTY REDUCTION

UNDP in Nepal promotes inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods through the ongoing Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP) and Enhancing Access to Financial Services projects (EAFS). These projects have helped to bring about improved policies and institutional frameworks for inclusive growth whilst directly benefitting tens of thousands of community people through skill training, short term employment, improved local infrastructure and improved access to financial services.

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