Nepal

Nepal's economy relies heavily on remittancemostly from unskilled labour migrants, and agriculture which is predominantly subsistence. There are opportunities for Nepal to capitalise on its resource endowments and its young population demographics by promoting commercial agriculture and fostering entrepreneurship across various sectors to create jobs and income opportunities.   
About nepal

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 147,516
  • Population: 28,609,000
  • Capital: Kathmandu

Swisscontact in Nepal

  • since 1991
  • 5 running projects

Projects

Nepal
Sustainable agriculture
Sahaj - Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme
In 2017, agriculture contributed around 27.04 per cent to Nepal's GDP. Agriculture is a major source of livelihood in the country. However, the agriculture sector is still in a nascent stage as far as technology and modern cultivation methods are concerned. Agriculture mainly engages smallholder farmers who continue to use traditional methods of...
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.
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Nepal
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Youth Employment Project
The goal of the project is to reduce the high rate of youth unemployment in Nepal. Beneficiaries gain access to market-oriented, high-quality vocational training courses. This increases their chances of sustained successful integration into the professional world. As employees or self-employed professionals, they earn a living and improve their...
Nepal
Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System
500,000 young adults enter the labour market of Nepal yearly but most of them remain unemployed or underemployed. Through the programme, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology along with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) will be supported to establish a National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Framework...
Malawi, Nepal, Uganda
Sustainable agriculture
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme
The project aims to involve smallholder farmer businesses sustainably in agricultural value chains, thereby improving their living conditions and economic situation. By building inclusive agricultural systems, smallholder farmers will have improved access to markets, information, and means of production. Additionally, the project emphasizes...

News

Nepal
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
24.12.2020
Youth Employment Project Closure and Experience Sharing Program 
The Youth Employment Project (YEP) conducted a farewell and an experience sharing program for its implementing partners (IPs) on 18th December 2020, at Greenwich Hotel, Kathmandu. YEP phase-II will conclude on 31st December 2020, after four years of operation in Nepal.
Nepal
16.07.2020
Government of Nepal approves the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework
The implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in Nepal was approved by the Cabinet on 3rd May 2020. It presents the basis for a formalized structure of vocational and general education learning levels. 
Nepal
Sustainable agriculture
28.04.2020
Increasing investment and finance opportunities for smallholders and agribusinesses in Nepal
The agriculture sector contributed 32% towards GDP in 2016 and is declining, compared with industry and service sectors which contributed 14% and 54% respectively. While there have been developments in infrastructure, energy, manufacturing and service sectors; agriculture still remains as one of the most important sectors of the country accounting for 68% of employment (ILO) and provides a significant share of exports. 
Country Director
Sanjay Karki

Swisscontact in Nepal

Swisscontact Nepal focuses on strengthening the competencies of people and improving their employability through upskilling and reskilling, initial vocational education and training, and labour market insertion. We engage with private sector enterprises to increase their competitiveness to achieve impact and scale. We also work towards sustainable agriculture development through commercialisation and agricultural markets development.

Swisscontact Nepal implements projects in a pragmatic way to address complex development challenges, which is participatory, inclusive, and sensitively adapted to local conditions. The approach helps in empowering local actors to develop capabilities and networks to overcome existing barriers. Addressing equal access for women and men, as well as disadvantaged groups, are critical aspects to any initiative we at Swisscontact Nepal do it in all levels. 

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