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RAP Graduate Engineer accepted to top ranked UK business and management education programme - University of Exeter’s ONE Planet MBA
by: RAP 3      on: 25 Aug, 2017

We are excited to announce RAP Graduate Engineer, Ayasta Pokharel's acceptance on Exeter University's ONEPlanetMBA, a top ranked UK business and management education programme focused on training students on future-fit business models.  Ayasta has been a valuable member of the RAP team since she joined as an intern in April 2014.  We congratulate Ayasta on working hard to realise this prestigious opportunity which is a leap forward in her career.  CONNECT has a two-way partnership with Exeter's School of Business - ONEPlanetMBA students offer business consultancy services to our MSME partners and CONNECT sends members of the RAP team to Exeter to continue the knowledge exchange.  We are delighted Ayasta will be the first from RAP to take a year-long sabbatical to participate in this program.


CONNECT brings multiple private sector partners together for DFID Annual Review Meeting
by: RAP 3      on: 24 Aug, 2017

DFID Nepal hosted a stakeholder consultation earlier today, bringing together representatives from CONNECT’s small businesses portfolio  including partner Organic Mountain Flavor (OMF), its investor One to Watch, Prabhu Bank, SAFAL Partners and TR Upadhaya & Co.  The meeting was an opportunity to review progress made to date, present CONNECT’s intentions for year two of partnership with OMF for DFID to consider and seek commitments from OMF, their investors and the bank to realise agreed milestones.  CONNECT is delighted that the meeting concluded with assurances from the bank and investors for the timely infusion of additional investments and credit limits.

Researchers from Harvard visit Surkhet
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Aug, 2017

CONNECT are excited to be facilitating the Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design (HKS EPoD) team's visit to Chinchu and Taranga in Surkhet.  4 researchers have travelled half way across the world from Boston, USA to meet with ginger farmers who are part of Organic Mountain Flavor Private Limited's (OMF) supply chain.  OMF is a CONNECT MSME partner.  The visiting delegation are talking with ginger farmers to understand how interventions delivered through CONNECT's partnership with OMF impact and influence small farmers' decision making.  The team met with OMF's Managing Director Mr Samir Newa and staff at the processing facility in Chinchu before walking 6 -7 hours through Bardiya National Park to interview farmers in their homes.  The researchers are expected to share their initial observations on the impact of CONNECT's model for farmers in OMF's supply chain with DFID and us soon.

CONNECT celebrate International Youth Day
by: RAP 3      on: 13 Aug, 2017

To celebrate International Youth Day the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Future Entrepreneurs’ Club has collaborated with Prasodaya Higher Campus, Dhangadhi to organise a careers workshop.  The Club invited local business leaders, Mr Tek Raj Bhatta NIC ASIA Bank, Mr Gopi Hamal, local entrepreneur and Mr Shivhari Sharma Mudbari, NAST Principal to share their career experiences with Prasodaya Higher Campus students and, with the support of RAP3 CONNECT delivered a workshop on 'Tips to Prepare a winning CV and interview skills.' An event to both inspire students to think big when considering career paths and up-skill them, taking them a step closer to gainful employment.

Our Future Entrepeneurs' Club members in Dailekh, based in Narayan Campus, participated in a speech competition on "Youth's Role in sustainable development" organised by the Family Planning Office and Youth Club in Dailekh.

Dairy farmers in Dailekh purchase insurance
by: RAP 3      on: 11 Aug, 2017

Everest Insurance Company Ltd is granting livestock insurance to dairy farmers in Dailekh.  To date, 47 insurance scheme applications have been submitted and 25 farmers successfully completed the application process. By reaching this Government of Nepal subsidised scheme to small farmers CONNECT expects to reduce their risks significantly and encourage dairy farmers in our partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain to invest in increasing herd sizes.

The CONNECT team piloting a data collection tool
by: RAP 3      on: 03 Aug, 2017

To improve efficiency and accuracy of data collection CONNECT are piloting the use of KoBoToolbox, a suite of tools for field data collection.  This open source software, developed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is free.  Over the next month the CONNECT team in Doti will use Kobo to collect data pertaining to one of our MSME partners.  If the results are positive, CONNECT will embed the use of Kobo across all programme partners and interventions.

CONNECT interns join training at DFID
by: RAP 3      on: 01 Aug, 2017

CONNECT’s interns, Milipa and Niva, joined a training session on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal at DFID Nepal’s offices this week.  The training, arranged by the Risk Management Office (RMO), was delivered by Dr Mukta S. Lama, Tribhuvan University. Dr. Lama, an indigenous rights activist and Lecturer on Sociology & Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr Lama completed his doctoral studies in anthropology from Cornell University. His Phd was on 'Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory and Identity among Tamang in Nepal'.  Dr. Lama's training and the Checklist for Indigenous Audit of Development Projects shared by DFID-GIZ  RMO have proved great learning for CONNECT as we seek to more intentionally respond to the Leave No One Behind Agenda.