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Ongoing Programmes

Evidence for Innovation: A case for supporting MSMEs in Nepal

The project, supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, aims to provide an overview of the innovation policy environment in Nepal, and illustrate the innovation support programmes aimed at micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) characteristics.

Trade Policy and Economic Diplomacy in Nepal

SAWTEE is currently implementing a project titled "Effective trade policy making and economic diplomacy in Nepal in the context of federalism" with the support of The Asia Foundation. The programme is being implemented with the overall goal to enhance export competitiveness and improve export performance of Nepal by forging synergy among policies of federal and subnational governments, and through effective economic diplomacy. The project is expected to contribute to improved trade policy formulation and implementation under federalism in Nepal, by mainstreaming trade in development strategies of subnational governments and forging complementarity among trade-related policies and programmes of federal and subnational governments (with a focus on Province 1). Efforts will also be made to identify institutional interventions needed to make economic diplomacy effective, with the result that it contributes towards better export performance of Nepal. Three research reports and two policy briefs will be prepared under the project.  

Study on the Impact of Nepal’s LDC Graduation

SAWTEE entered into an agreement on 30 September 2021 with The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, South Asia Research Hub, British High Commission, ("FCDO") for implementing this project.