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Ongoing Programmes

Linkages and Impacts of Cross-Border Informal Trade in Agricultural Inputs in Eastern South Asia

The project aims at quantifying the extent of informal trade of various agricultural inputs (for example, seeds, fertilisers, machinery and diesel) along the Southern border of Nepal in order to find the impact of such trade on the livelihoods of farmers. The research will point out the drivers of informal trade in agricultural inputs across specific locations at the India-Bangladesh and the India-Nepal border.

Expanding Tradable Benefits of Trans-boundary Water Promoting Navigational Usage of Inland Waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra Basins

Under the project SAWTEE is conducting an institutional analysis on the management of policies, laws and regulations with respect to the management of inland waterways in the Koshi and Gandak River Basins for enhanced connectivity in the BBIN region. 

Advancing LDCs’ Interests in the WTO Strengthening Participation, Securing Priorities

The project was launched in March 2016 seeking to undertake in-depth research in the articulation of offensive and defensive interests of the LDCs in negotiations. The study will also contribute to raising domestic capacity to deal with trade-related issues by organising dialogues, seminars, expert group meetings and trainings for government officials with participation of key stakeholder groups. 

Advocacy for, and study on, the export potential of fresh vegetables

The project began in April 2016. It required conducting a quick study of major regional vegetable markets to obtain a picture of the supply of and demand for fresh vegetables in Nepal and international markets, mainly India. 

Strengthening the role of SAARC in the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in South Asia

The project titled “Strengthening the role of SAARC in the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in South Asia” was launched in May 2016. The project will support the SAARC Secretariat and the SAARC member countries in developing a long-term vision on sustainable intensification of agriculture in the region. 

A Survey on Regional Investments and Value chains in South Asia

The project on “Regional Investments and Value chains in South Asia” was launched in June 2016. The project aims to understand the constraints of, and solutions to, intra-regional FDI and participation in global/regional value chains in the South Asian region through a survey of actual and potential investors. 

Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia

SAWTEE undertook a project in June 2013 in collaboration with SAWTEE’s member/partner organizations, namely Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh; Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International in India; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan; and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in Sri Lanka. 

Economic Policy Incubator (EPI)

The Economic Policy Incubator (EPI), launched in February 2016 with support from DFID, aims to strengthen Nepal’s economic policies and policy processes through flexible approaches, instruments and entry points.