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Agriculture Digital Linkage Study What drives the Nepalese economy?’- A question that prompts a thousand answers. With its unparalleledgeographic landscape, the agricultural sector in Nepal presents an equal number of challenges and opportunities for farmers. Agriculture is the prima...
UNCDF , MM4P, (2017)
Clean Start In Nepal It is estimated that 28 percent of people in Nepal live with no access to electricity. Furthermore the low reliability of access and frequent electricity shortages create serious issues for consumption and productive use. Despite a very high potentia...
UNCDF, (2016)
Nepal Annual Monitor 2015 Nepal is a newcomer to the digital financial services (DFS) space, with most efforts being small scale with branch less banking deployments. Most banks simply lack a long-term vision to create alternate distribution channels to reach the ‘last mile,’...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
NEPAL Annual Monitor 2016 The digital financial services (DFS) landscape in Nepal is changing, as the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) starts issuing licences to non-bank payment service providers (PSPs). Non-banks are actively engaging to set up agent networks and develop partnership...
UNCDF , MM4P, (2016)
Assessment of Agent Networks in Nepal This report focuses on assessing the existing agent networks1 in Nepal, so that the correct steps can be taken to popularize both access to and use of financial services through bank-led agent banking. After the release of electronic banking regulat...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2014)
Potential Agents in Nepal In Nepal, numerous financial institutions in a variety of forms—such as banks, savings and credit co-operatives (SACCOs) and micro-finance institutions—are engaged in expanding access to finance for the Nepalese people. Despite these efforts, a signi...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2014)
Understanding the Demand for Financial Services in Nepal Nepal has a unique geography consisting of mountains, hills and Terai, which makes it difficult for any financial institution to provide financial services to every part of the country. Formal and informal financial service providers have been attemp...
MM4P, UNCDF, (2014)
Demand Analysis on Remittances in Nepal Nepal receives a staggering amount of US$6.9 billion annually in remittance inflows. The fast-growing digital economy in Nepal hold the potential to create new opportunities with the remittances flowing into the country. Together with Laxmi Bank, we ...
UNCDF, (2019)
Digital Finance Product Concepts For Central and Eastern Nepal This report presents product concepts that will help financial service providers (FSPs) that wish to launch digital financial services (DFS) in Nepal adopt a product suite strategy and develop DFS products for Central and Eastern Nepal.Nepal has five...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services In Uganda 2014- Briefing Note 1 Uganda’s digital financial services (DFS) market is led by mobile network operators (MNOs), with the main operators—MTN and Airtel—managing the vast majority of users and transactions. Uganda is considered to be one of the markets with the potential ...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2014)
Digital Financial Services In Zambia 2014- Briefing Note 1 Digital financial services (DFS) came early to Zambia, with the payment service provider Celpay launching in 2002 and Zoona in 2009. Only much later were DFS launched by mobile network operators (MNOs) Airtel in 2011 and MTN in late 2012. Despite a...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2014)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Building an In-House Mobile Money Platform Developing an in-house mobile money platform is a strategic decision. It should be based on an assessment of the provider’s current capacity and future plans. Technology development comes later, only after the organization is clear on its strategic v...
UNCDF, (2018)
A Customer’s Journey Towards Using Financial Services In Nepal: First Steps To Access Financial Services Imagine a savings account that requires you to walk 20 kilometres to make your first transaction. Sound intriguing? Are you ready to sign up? ...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Scaling Up Digital Financial Services In Rural Areas Nepal is a landlocked country with picturesque, mountainous terrain. The geographical diversity makes it a challenging place for digital financial services (DFS) deployments, mainly because of low population density, poor connectivity and infrastruct...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Finance Product Concepts for Western Nepal The Western regions of Nepal, unlike their Central and Eastern counterparts, are characterised by low population density and high incidence of poverty. The Western regions comprise 45 percent of the total population of Nepal, though they constitute 6...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal- Selecting Agents for Financial Services in Nepal Agent banking has been considered around the world as an additional channel for delivering financial services. However, deployments are challenged with keeping agents motivated, reducing attrition and making the model sustainable. Agent selection has...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Understanding the Hurdles to Scale Agent Banking in Nepal Customer perspective is an important factor often overlooked when formal financial institutions plan the delivery of financial services, especially through the agent banking channel. It is important to note that the customer we are talking about here...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2015)
Decentralized Financing and Development Programme NEP/99/C01 United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) provides financial and technical resources to support development activities in the least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF has worked in Nepal since 1975 and Nepal is one of its 15 concentration countr...
UNCDF, GoN, (2002)
Developing an Allocation Formula for the Decentralized Financing and Development Program and Implications for the Design of a System of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Nepal The government’s decentralization policy finds its roots in the Constitution of 1991, which mandates peoples’ participation through decentralization as a fundamental rule in the governance system of the country. Subsequently, a two-tiered system of l...
UNCDF, (2002)
Enhancing Access to Financial Services Project Releases its Project Overview Report 2010-2011 Opportunities and constraints towards inclusive financial sector exist on a number of levels. EAFS Intervention logic is the improvement in the enabling environment for inclusive finance, supported by catalytic investment in financial service provide...
UNCDF, (2012)
Nepal Decentralized and Development Programme Final Evaluation Draft Report As the Decentralized Finance and Development Programme (DFDP) was coming to an end in December 2006, a summative evaluation was conducted for the programme in Nepal from September 14th through October 14th 2006. The objectives of the evaluation were ...
UNCDF, (2000)
New joint UNCDF-UNDP Discussion Paper “Local Governments and Social Protection” is Issued This publication was jointly produced by UNCDF and UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Center. Both organizations are implementing the recommendations outlined in the publication, by pursuing piloting and further analytical work to deve...
UNCDF, UNDP, (2012)
Support to Financial inclusion in Nepal - 2014 - 2018- Through the "Access to finance" (A2F) Agriculture is the largest economic sector in Nepal contributing to more then one third of GDP (32%-36%) and employment and livelihood opportunities to more than two third of its population (765). Given that many Nepalese depend on agriculture for th...
SFDIN/UNCDF, (2014)
Towards a Monitoring System for Local Governments - A Method for Approach Development Potential ‘Pillars’ of an Approach (Final Report) The task of this consultancy is to support the Ministry of Local Development on establishing an improved monitoring system for local governments that would be able to satisfy the monitoring requirements at different levels (Terms of Reference). The c...
UNCDF, (2002)
UNCDF presents the Human Development and Social Protection Pilot at the Open Seminar at Copenhagen School of Global Health Rather than directly aiming to reduce poverty, the program in Nepal is working to facilitate increased access to schooling for children in an attempt to affect many poverty-related outcomes. Nepal's challenging geography has resulted in...
UNCDF, (2012)
Access To Finance (A2F) officially starting in Nepal The Government of Nepal’s Central Bank- the Nepal Rastra Bank signed a 5-year long project called Support to Financial Inclusion in Nepal through the Access To Finance (A2F) with UNCDF on 25 March 2014, for a total amount of over 8 million USD funde...
NRB, UNCDF, (2014)
Decentralized Financing and Development, Revision to the Programme Document The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is providing assistance to His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (HMG/N) through the Decentralized Financing and Development Programme (NEP/99/C01) (the ‘Programme’), which operates in 8 of Nepal’s 75 d...
UNCDF, (2003)
LDF Programme Operation Guidelines The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), which has been working in Nepal since 1975, provides financial and technical resources to support development activities in the Least Developed Countries (LDC). UNCDF focuses most of its programmin...
UNCDF, (2002)
UNCDF Technical Review Mission to Nepal Exploring the Scope for UNCDF Support to Fiscal Decentralisation Policy Previous exchanges and correspondence with HMGN officials and with DANIDA (the key development partner active in this policy area) had suggested an interest in UNCDF involvement. The TRM had very useful discussions with senior officials in Ministry o...
UNCDF, (2002)
Basic Assistance Agreement This basic agreement shall enter into force upon signature and shall continue in force until terminated under paragraph 3 below. This basic agreement may be modified by written agreement between the parties. Each party shall give full and sympathetic...
GoN, UNCDF, (1984)
CleanStart Detailed Business Plan – Nepal Nepal is currently experiencing an energy crisis of unprecedented severity. It ranks 53 out of 64 countries in the Energy Development Index (EDI) (0.102). Rural electrification stands at approximately 34 percent, but even urban areas face acute p...
CSDBP/UNCDF, (2012)
Mid-Term Evaluation: Enhancing Access to Financial Services (EAFS) – Nepal UNCDF’s Inclusive Finance pillar fosters working with the three levels that integrate the inclusive finance sector, those being the micro (retail microfinance providers), mezo (service providers), and macro government regulatory and policy), to pr...
UNCDF, (2012)
UNCDF Programme Framework for Financial Inclusion The Government of Nepal recognizes the importance of a well-functioning financial sector as one of the key drives in support of the Government's priority to reduce inequalities and poverty. However, challenges for financial inclusion in Nepal remain ...
UNCDF, (2015)
A Report on Review of Government Rules and Regulations for the Implementation of Micro-infrastructure Projects The Decentralized Financing and Development Programme (DFDP), the then Local Development Fund Programme is being executed by His Majesty’s Government, Ministry of Local Development with the grant assistance from United Nation Capital Development Fund...
HMGN, UNDP, UNCDF, (2003)
Fiscal Decentralization Training Workshop and Technical Assistance to the Local Bodies Fiscal Commission in Nepal This trip report provides an overview of the activities and findings of the technical capacity building mission by a team from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University (GSU) to Nepal that took place from January 7...
LBFC, UNCDF, (2004)
Nepal DFDP – Refining Project Strategy Technical Support Mission Report This document is the report of a technical support mission to LDFP, aimed at providing follow-up for some of the issues raised in the course of a recent UNCDF Technical Review Mission (TRM)1. The mission’s calendar is to be found in annex 2 of this r...
UNCDF/DFDP, (2002)
Tool for Assessment of Cooperatives for Wholesale Lending In Nepalese context, micro-finance institutions and cooperatives are playing an instrumental role in expanding the frontiers of financial access and reach-out to the rural areas as they are working across the country. There are approximately 34 thous...
UNCDF, (2017)
Mobile Money for the Poor The objective of the conference was to bring different stakeholders together to discuss the promotion of branch-less and mobile financial services to achieve greater financial inclusion, as well as look at the role of policy and regulation in expandi...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2014)
Local Development Fund Programme he Local Development Fund (LDF) programme is a pilot programme of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for fiscal decentralization and local governance in 15 "concentration countries" - of which Nepal, where the Fund has been active si...
MLD, NPC, UNDP, UNCDF, (2001)
Local Development Fund Project Design Document The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) provides investment funds toLDF projects aim to develop capacity in the project areas for de-centralised, participatory, democratic governance and in particular for local-level planning and manageme...
MLD, HMGN, UNDP, UNCDF, (1999)
Monitoring and Evaluation Systems at the District Development Committees Resource allocation and their optimal utilization have been felt critical in managing the development projects in Nepal. Lack of an effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system during the design and implementation phases of development activities...
UNCDF, UNDP, NPC, MLD, (2001)
Decentralized Financing and Development Programme (NEP/99/C01) - Mid-Term Evaluation Report January 2004 The DFDP has reached the mid-point of its 5-year programme and has established effective programme management and implementation procedures. It has achieved a high level of ownership amongst both central and local government stakeholders, and within ...
UNCDF, (2004)
उन्नति वित्तीय पहुच परियोजना (A2F) नेपालको सबै भन्दा ठूलो आथिर्क क्षेत्र कृषीले कुल गार्हषस्थ उत्पाद्नमा करिब एक तिहाई योगदान गर्नु को साथै देशको करिब दुई तिहाई भन्दा बढी जनसखयालाई रोजगारी तथा जिबिको पार्जन का अवसरहरु प्रदान गर्दछ। तर यस क्षेत्रको वयावसयिकरणमा बिभिन्न चुनौतिहरु विधमान...
UNCDF, UNNATI, Nepal Rastirya Bank, (2015)
Digitizing Social Security Allowances in Nepal In Nepal, shifting the transfer of social security allowances (SSA) from manual to digital means will lead to significant savings and increased efficiency. Savings will enable the Government to putmore resources into health and education. Digitizatio...
MM4P/UNCDF, (2016)
UNCDF and Tootle Partner to Bring Door to Door Financial Services On 15th February 2018, The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) MM4P programme and Tootle launched a new project to provide doorstep delivery of financial services. Kathmandu Valley is the fastest growing urban agglomeration in South Asi...
UNCDF, (2018)
Project Title: Access to Clean Energy for the Poor through Microfinance (CleanStart) CleanStart (2012-2017,$US 26M) aims to increase poor people's access to sustainable, low-cost clean enery supplies through microfinance. To this end, UNCDF and UNDP will jointly support 18 FSPs in six countries across Asia and Africa to provide end-u...
UNCDF, UNDP, (2013)
Testing Branchless Banking To Deliver Cash Transfers in Nepal The Human Development Social Protection Pilot (HDSPP) is a sub-project of the joint UNDP-UNCDF Local Governance and Community Development Program (LGCDP).It has been initiated in two far-western districts in Nepal, Kanchanpur and Dhadheldura and it i...
UNCDF, UNDP, (2015)
CONTRACT FARMING IN NEPAL (Introducing pay as you go water access) According to the Department of Customs, Nepal imported farm products worth Rs215.50 billion in the last fiscal year, up 10% year on year1. This new finding came as a huge surprise to most people as Nepal is a country primarily driven by the agricultu...
UNCDF, (2018)
UNNATI : Access To Finance ( A2F ) Project Agriculture the largest economic sector in Nepal, contributes to more than one third of the country's GDP (32-36%) and provides employment and livelihood opportunities to more than two third (76%) of its population. Despite the opportunities, commerc...
UNCDF, UNNATI, Nepal Rastriya Bank, (2015)
Bio Gas Plant with Loan Facility - Nepal Animation : Youtube Abstraction: The upfront cost of the renewable energy technology like biogas plant is one of the major barriers for the low-income households to install the plant. Credit facility makes it easier for such households to install the system and pay the ...
UNCDF, (2018)
Solar Home System with Loan Facility - Nepal Animation : Youtube Abstraction: The upfront cost of the renewable energy technology like solar home system is one of the major barriers for the low-income households to install the system. Credit facility makes it easier for such households to install the system and pa...
UNFPA, (2018)
A Customer’s Journey Towards Using Financial Services in Nepal The above is an excerpt from a persona map developed for existing and prospective women customers of agent banking services in Nepal. Here’s more: Bimla and her husband are part of a village-level cooperative society, she has at least one loan from a...
UNCDF, MM4P, (2015)
Basic Agreement Between His majesty's Government of Nepal and The United Nations Capital Development Fund The United Nation Capital Development Fund (hereinafter referred to as the "UNCDF") was established by the General Assembly of The United Nations to provide assistance to developing countries in the development of their economics by supplementing exi...
HMG, UNCDF, (1984)
Basic Agreement Between His majesty's Government of Nepal and The United Nations Capital Development Fund The United Nation Capital Development Fund (hereinafter referred to as the "UNCDF") was established by the General Assembly of The United Nations to provide assistance to developing countries in the development of their economics by supplementing exi...
GoN UNCDF, (1984)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Briefing Note 1: Developing a Digital Financial Services Strategy in Nepal (February 2015) Nepal is a landlocked country with picturesque, mountainous terrain. The geographical diversity makes it a challenging place for digital financial services (DFS) deployments, mainly because of low population density, poor connectivity and infrastruct...
UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Briefing Note 3: Selecting Agents For Financial Services In Nepal Agent banking has been considered around the world as an additional channel for delivering financial services. However, deployments are challenged with keeping agents motivated, reducing attrition and making the model sustainable. Agent selection has...
UNCDF, (2015)
Digital Financial Services in Nepal - Briefing Note 4 : Understanding the Hurdles to Scale Agent Banking in Nepal ( June 2015 ) Customer perspective is an important factor often overlooked when formal financial institutions plan the delivery of financial services, especially through the agent banking channel. It is important to note that the customer we are talking about here...
UNCDF, (2015)
Improved Cookstoves with Loan Facility - Nepal Animation : Youtube Abstraction: The upfront cost of the renewable energy technology like improved cookstove is one of the major barriers for the low-income households to install the system. Credit facility makes it easier for such households to install the system and p...
UNCDF, (2018)