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  • 10 Jan 2014
    Minister for Finance & Industry lauds micro-entrepreneurs’ crop diversification

    Nepal’s Minister for Finance and Industry Honorable Shankar Koirala lauded Nepali micro-entrepreneurs for their success in crop diversification and for contributing to the Government’s efforts to reduce trade deficit. The Minister made the comments on 8 January in Kakani, Nuwakot while on a visit to strawberry farms that have received support from Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP).

  • 01 Nov 2013
    Nepal bags Expo Leadership Award

    The UNDP-UNEP supported programme "Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review" was hailed for its exemplary work

  • 24 Oct 2013
    Nepal’s roadmap on statistical development likely by November end

    A roadmap to formulate the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) is likely to be prepared by the end of November this year. The roadmap will envision a detailed sketch as to how the NSDS has to be developed in the country which is yet to prioritise a better data and statistical system.

  • 18 Jun 2013
    Government of Nepal and UNDP’s flagship anti-poverty initiative enters sixteenth year

    Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), a flagship initiative of the Government of Nepal and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has entered 16th year of its implementation creating thousands of enterprises and entrepreneurs in the process.

  • 18 Mar 2013
    UNDP Nepal launches new initiative to foster development debate; first debate focuses on challenges in measuring poverty

    As a part of its new initiative to foster debate and on development issues and challenges, UNDP Nepal organized its first Dialogue Series on Friday. The first debate focused on challenges of measuring poverty with special reference to Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University, and a key architect of the MPI presented latest MPI findings on Nepal.

  • 26 Feb 2013
    UNDP to focus on reducing poverty, disaster and climate-induced vulnerabilities of communities in next five years

    The Government of Nepal and UNDP signed today a new Country Programme Action Plan (2013-17) detailing UNDP’s engagement in Nepal for the next five years. The Plan will focus on efforts to reduce vulnerability of communities under threat from climate change and disaster and expanding energy access, while continuing its support for elections, constitution writing and income generating opportunities. During this period a budget of approximately USD 159 million will be used for implementing these programmes.

  • 28 Sep 2012
    Micro-enterprise Trade Fairs in Kathmandu and Kavre

    Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr Barsha Man Pun inaugurated the Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 on 21 Sept. Mr Scott Dawson, First Assistant Director for South and West Asia of the AusAID and Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the UNDP, jointly inaugurated Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair in Kavre district on 27 Sept.

  • 06 Aug 2012
    Products of Nepalese entrepreneurs find international market

    The entrepreneurs supported by UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) organised a small scale exhibition at the Australian Embassy, coinciding with the visit of Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs. On behalf of the Government of Nepal, Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel, was present on the occasion to interact with and observe the products of the micro-entrepreneurs.

  • 29 Feb 2012
    AusAID, UNDP sign AUD 3.1 m cost sharing agreement to reduce poverty in Nepal

    UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)and AusAID have once again ventured on a new partnership (AUD 3.1 million or US$ 3.3 m) to reduce poverty in Nepal. This is expected to directly benefit 5500 entrepreneurs and create 8000 new jobs in 2012. With this, the total funding of AusAID for MEDEP will amount to AUD 9.015m (US$ 9.6 m).

  • 30 Jan 2012
    Nepalese women win recognition for innovation

    The Solid Waste Management and Community Mobilization Programme, a waste collection and recycling initiative of over 1,000 households and businesses run by Nepalese women has become the winner of global SEED award in the category of gender equality.

  • 30 Sep 2011
    Managing solid waste through public private partnership

    Until few years ago the sanitation situation of Biratnagar Municipality, a major industrial hub and the second largest city in Nepalwas in a bad condition. Garbage was left in the open in public places. The Municipality was not able to provide a door-to-door collection service or sanitary disposal of solid wastes. According to the city data for 2008 Biratnagar, this densely populated city with 22 wards produces about 55 tons of garbage everyday.

  • 03 Jun 2011
    UNDP, AusAID sign cost sharing agreement to boost micro-enterprises

    UNDP and AusAID have signed a 1.5 million AUD cost sharing agreement to further support the Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP). The additional fund received will be spent on improving the policy environment at the macro level, strengthening the capacity of the local bodies, non-government and private sector organisations.

  • 06 Apr 2011
    En route to the UN LDC IV Conference..............

    The UNCTAD regional Workshop on Productive Capacities, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Asian and the Pacific Least Development Countries: en route to the UN LDC IV Conference, was organised in Kathmandu from 22–24 March.

  • 29 Mar 2011
    UNDP, Western Regional Hospital sign cost sharing agreement

    The Western Regional Hospital (WRH) in Pokhara and UNDP have launched a comprehensive initiative to modernize the hospital waste management by establishing a Hospital Waste Management project through the Public Private Partnership for Urban Environment (PPPUE) programme.

  • 09 Feb 2011
    Nordic Parliamentarians focus on Nepal's development challenges

    Parliamentarians from Denmark and Norway were in Nepal on a five day visit to see the first-hand development challenges that the country faces as it shifts from a decade long conflict to democracy.

  • 09 Jul 2010
    Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) launched

    The Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 was launched by the former Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal on 24 June. The report (an updated version of Nepal Trade and Competitiveness Study 2004) is launched at a time when the trade and economic situation of the country portrays a bleak picture in export performance and balance of payment.

  • 09 Jul 2010
    Nepal hosts Asia workshop to help poorest countries make most of world trade

    The Government of Nepal (GoN) in partnership with UNDP and the Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat hosted a three-day workshop in Kathmandu to explore how Asia's poorest countries can benefit more from world trade and how trade can help lift more people across the region out of poverty.

  • 03 Jun 2010
    Irrigation canal brings prosperity

    The 21 households of Guta settlement of Devesthan Village Development Committee in Achham district have greatly benefitted from the irrigation project supported by the UNDP Quick Impact and Peace support Initiative (QIPSI) programme implemented in 2009. Achham is one of the remotest districts of Nepal. It is accessible by automobile from Kathmandu via a paved road that runs along the western border of Nepal from Dhangadi.

  • 06 May 2010
    Microfinance services to be expanded to hills and mountain regions

    The Enhancing Access to Financial Services (EAFS) project was launched on 8 April by Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Bank) in the presence of the representatives from microfinance institutions, donors, development partners and other stakeholders. The project provides grant support to selected microfinance institutions to enable them expand their services in 24 districts in the hills and mountain regions covering 54 out of 75 districts in the country. The major objective is to provide access to affordable financing to very remote areas and poor people.

  • 04 Mar 2010
    Target of reducing poverty likely to be met

    The National Planning Commission with UNDP's assistance is in the process of producing the MDGs Progress Report 2010 and consultations are on the way with the Government, donors, UN Agencies and civil society to finalize the report.