Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)

Over eighty percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas. Lack of income generating opportunities in these areas have been a major cause of widespread poverty and outflow of productive workforce abroad. With aims to cater the needs of socially excluded groups living below the poverty lines by promoting off-farm employment, the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the UNDP started implementing Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) in 1998....Read More

What have we accomplished so far

In 2015, the focus of MEDEP was to ensure a full Government ownership of this poverty-reduction vehicle and to further strengthen micro enterprise associations’ ability to deliver business development services for their members. Despite the challenges resulting from the earthquake and the significant loss to the gains MEDEP had made in the previous years, several milestones were reached in 2015.

14,200 new micro entrepreneurs were created, thus helping to alleviate their poverty conditions, exceeding the project target of 10,000. Till date, MEDEP has created 76,322 microenterprises and contributed to the creation of over 90,000 jobs for the rural poor and socially excluded groups.


Rita Bogati - an entrepreneur and an active member of National Micro Entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN)

Rita Bogati is well-known figure in Sindhuli, Western Nepal. She is 36 years old, active member of National Micro Entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) and also chairsmore 

Temporary dwellings amid the destruction in Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu.

UN and Microsoft aid disaster recovery, economic development in Nepal

It was a Saturday last April, just before noon, when the earthquake began. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN resident coordinator in Nepal, had just returned from themore 

Government to devolve micro enterprise development to local bodies

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UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer and on behalf of DFAT, Charge d’Affairs of the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu Catherine Gill after signing the agreement at Kusadevi, Kavre

Australia to provide USD 5.4 million for Livelihoods Recovery in the earthquake most affected districts

Kathmandu — The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement for a US$ 5.4more 

Santa Bahadur Bogati (third from the left) smiles along with his fellow community members as he resumes his leather making business after the April 25 earthquake

A bag of hope after the Earthquake

Santa Bahadur Bogati of Sindhukot- 4, Sindhupalchok, one of the micro entrepreneurs badly affected by the April 25 earthquake is already back in his business. Hemore 

Voices of Women from the Nepal Earthquake

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