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Bringing People out of Abject Poverty, MEDEP Enters 16th 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.

Remembering the first day at MEDEP, National Program Manager Dr. Lakshman Pun said, "It was 15th June 1998 when I was recruited by UNDP as National Programme Manager, the first staff of MEDEP and I had got a small cabin in UNDP to start the project work."

Dr. Pun added, "Over the past 15 years MEDEP passed through many ups and downs but always with the central ideas of the above-mentioned two quotations, very relevant to MEDEP’s overriding goal of poverty alleviation."

MEDEP aims at reducing poverty through creating, promoting, and sustaining micro-enterprises and generating self-employment and employment opportunities for the hard core rural poor has been proven as a highly effective tool for alleviating poverty.

Within 15 years of its operation, MEDEP has created more than 8,000 enterprises, 57,000 micro-entrepreneurs and 58,000 employment opportunities in the rural areas of Nepali covering the most marginalised disadvantaged communities. More than 70 percent of its beneficiaries are Women followed by Unemployed Youths, Dalits, Indigenous Nationalities, Religious Minorities, Madhesis, Differently-abled People, Disaster- and Conflicted-Affected Families, People Living with HIV and AIDS and the Maoist Youth Ex-Combatants discharged from cantonments.

According to an Independent Impact Assessment carried out in 2010, there has been as high as 512 percent increment in the per capita income of the beneficiaries, 73.1 percent have moved out of poverty and the survival rate is 80 percent.  MEDEP provides a complete entrepreneurship package to potential entrepreneurs and supports the existing entrepreneurs for their scale up.

On the occasion, Dr. Pun thanked all MEDEP staffs, Governmet Authorities, UNDP, donors, Entrepreneurs and Stakeholders who did their hard work to make MEDEP successful.

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