February 2018

Case Study - The Enabling State Programme, Nepal

Orlanda Siow

One of 14 short case study summaries which were written by Orlanda Siow of UCL. They focus on development programs that aim to be both politically informed and gender aware. See From Silos to Synergy for a synthesis of the lessons that emerge.

The Enabling State Programme (ESP) operated in Nepal for over a decade before ending in 2014. The program targeted female, poor and marginalised citizens from remote rural areas. Its achievements included helping government to deliver more effective and inclusive policies and programs, empowering historically excluded groups to participate in Nepali social and political life, and pushing gender-based violence up the national agenda, as well as contributing to improved government transparency and strengthening democratic processes.

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Case Study - The Enabling State Programme, Nepal

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