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Youth Employment Project (YEP) (angl.)

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 life situation.

One of Nepal’s greatest challenges is

the high youth unemployment. One reason for this is the lack of adequate

vocational training opportunities. Although the private sector is

increasingly aware of the importance of well-trained professionals, it

is reluctant to invest sufficiently in their qualification. Many young

people cannot afford vocational training.

Le projet

The project provides young people in Nepal’s Terai region with

vocational training and supports them in entering the professional

world. The courses are geared to the local employment market and form a

key part of the vocational training system in the project regions. The

project’s active labour market activities improve the young peoples’

chances of finding a job or becoming self-employed and increasing their


The training courses are broken down into modules

which can be taken independently of each other. This takes account of

the different educational levels of the young participants.


Swisscontact contributes to the social cohesion of the ethnically

highly heterogeneous population of south-east Nepal and promotes an

entrepreneurial mindset among young migrants who return to their home


Project Goals

The project aims to

improve the livelihood of 2 310 young Nepali women and men from the

southern rural districts Sarlahi, Mahottari, Sindhuli, Morang, Sunsari

and Dhakuta through entrepreneurship promotion, skills development, and

skills enhancement activities. It will achieve this by capacity building

of local NGOs and private institutions, enabling them to provide a

range of technical skills and entrepreneurship training. The project

works in three areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship promotion: 400 youths,

    including returning migrants, attend entrepreneurship training of which

    240 (60% of trainees) set up a small business and practice a profession

    that secures their livelihood.

  2. Skills development: 2 500

    unemployed youth benefit from market-oriented high-quality theoretical

    and practical training. 1 750 (70% of trainees) find a salaried job or

    become self-employed and contribute substantially to their family income

    after completing the skills development training.

  3. Skills

    enhancement: 400 working youths enhance their skills in theoretical and

    practical training. 320 (80% of trainees) increase their income by 50%

    compared to before the training.


Results 2017 - 2019

  • A total of 2 941 young men and women completed an entrepreneurship, skills development or skills enhancement training.
  • 114 entrepreneurship training graduates set up a small business and practice a profession that secures their livelihood.
  • 1

    962 skills development training graduates found a job or became

    self-employed and contribute substantially to their family income.

  • 225 further-trained young adults increased their income by 50%.
  • The total cumulative income increase through the project interventions amounts to CHF 4 444 936.

Partenaire du projet

  • Micro, small and medium enterprises
  • Educational institutes
  • Financial institutions
  • Local radio stations

Pays du projet

  • Népal

Durée du projet

2017 - 2020


  • DDC
  • Symphasis Foundation, Fondation Tibetania
  • Happel Foundation
  • The Social Entrepreneurs Charitable Foundation

Domaine de travail


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97