Weekly Update: South Asia
Afghanistan – CIPE conducted the final round of the business proposal writing competition under the Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. During the school year, CIPE conducts competitions at each high school participating in the program and selects winners to go on to the final round. The ten finalists, representing Bamyan, Kabul, and Nangarhar provinces, competed in Kabul before a three-person panel from the Mesbah Educational Institute. The audience included teachers and the principals of the students’ schools, and the head of the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Development Department.
Afghanistan – In Jalalabad, CIPE conducted a training seminar on ways to encourage formalization of firms in the informal economy for six members of the Laghman Provincial Council. CIPE’s seminar program for provincial councils across Afghanistan helped members of these bodies better address local policy issues. For instance, after a seminar on corruption, members of the Takhar Provincial Council reached out to constituents and learned of the illegal taxation of traders’ vehicles entering and exiting the capital city, Taloqan. As a result, the council members met with municipal authorities and the provincial governor and have secured a commitment to put an end to this practice.
Nepal – Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank and the organization Social Science Baha, conducted a policy roundtable on the issue of “Youth Migration and Entrepreneurship in Nepal.” Director of Social Science Baha Deepak Thapa presented the findings of a recent study on the topic, and Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation Executive Director Robin Sitoula moderated the program. The event was attended by 35 people including bankers, entrepreneurs in the IT and agribusiness sectors, representatives of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and government officials. The participants formulated policy recommendations to reduce the outward migration of young people from Nepal through fostering entrepreneurship. In addition, Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation and Sagarmatha FM aired an episode of the radio program on entrepreneurship, examining the issue of access to credit for small-scale and new entrepreneurs.
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