- Women Entrepreneurship Data (WEData) Nepal
Women Entrepreneurship Data (WEData) Nepal aims to make the data related to women entrepreneurs of Nepal easily accessible such that it supports new entrepreneurs and other existing stakeholders with resources for evidence-based decision making. This will eliminate the costly need for market analysis and will act as a support mechanism. The project activities include the collection of all publicly available data on women entrepreneurship and policies, preparation of a report of findings stating the current status for women entrepreneurship (in terms of product/services and operating domain), underlying policies, and the factors affecting those, development of a web portal to disseminate these findings and data publically in an interactive fashion, hosting online/in-person boot camps and events to use the tools and resources created to uplift the activities in the region and releasing the results to stakeholders and to a general audience through multi-tiered in-person meetings, public announcements using social media and the internet, encouraging the data and evidence-based decision making for policies, and resource allocation.
- Fostering digital literacy for inclusive governance
Increasing smartphone and internet accessibility among Nepalese has brought newer dimension to knowledge sharing and information dissemination, including the concept and practice of digital economy – the government, and institutions building economic activities around digital technology. The main aim of this project is to engage and empower citizens of the country, especially from rural and semi-rural areas through the use of technology. This project intends to help women and minorities, who have not been active participants in the current political systems, to gain digital literacy and tackle the criticism of technology using the available smartphones and internet tools.
A priority of literacy events and workshops will be to include the ward elected women representatives, minorities and people with disabilities to enhance their technology skills. They can then use existing technologies to contribute to information sharing and utilize e-government services, thus mitigating the citizen engagement gap. Another will be to observe how different communities respond to the programs and refine the materials to make them relevant to diverse audiences. Inclusive training and decentralized network will additionally help create a space for the experience sharing and collaboration opportunities.
- Establishing network of ethnocentric entreprises for cohort financing by utilizing already established community groups in Nepal
The project focuses on supporting women led business, highlighting the traditional and modern Nepali products manufactured by different enthic groups especially by women entrepreneurs in various parts of Nepal. The specialities of Nepal includes metal statues, ethnic costumes, traditional silver jewellery, wood carving, religious and ritual objects like bells, vajra, stone sculpture, metal utensil, paubha painting, ceramics, handmade paper, hand knitwear, filigree, Bell, Vajra products, Nepali food species, cash crops like tea, cardamom, coffee and many more yet to explore. The handicrafts of Nepal is more than an industry as the products embody the social, cultural, traditional and historical connotations. Furthermore, the era of new technology on one hand eases the process of manufacturing while on the other hand the native craftsmen are underpaid due to introduction of modern machineries in the existing industries and consequently the traditional knowledge and skill is on the verge of extinction.