Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)
Over eighty percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas. Inadequate 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 2016, 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 in 2014 April and the significant loss to the gains MEDEP had made in the previous years, several milestones were reached in 2016.
13,243 new micro entrepreneurs were created, thus helping to alleviate their poverty conditions, exceeding the project target of 18,270. Till date, MEDEP (including MEDPA & Local Bodies) has created 119,085 microenterprises and contributed to the creation of over 187,358 jobs for the rural poor and socially excluded groups.