Many government institutions and NGOs have been providing services necessary for micro-entrepreneurs and their enterprises such as skills, micro-credit and business development. However, the services provided by state institutions are either provided in isolation or independent of other services needed by micro-enterprises. For example, Micro Finance Institutions providing micro-credit to an entrepreneur does not ensure the success of an enterprise or the skills provided by a government department does not ensure that the skills gained will turn an individual into an entrepreneur. Similarly, the product or service of an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean they will be consumed in the market even though an NGO has helped an entrepreneur to produce a product. To ensure that services needed to set up micro-enterprises which are provided by state institutions are coordinated, MEDEP has set up partnerships with local governments, state institutions and the private sector. Following state institutions and private sector organisations are the partners:

  • District Development Committee (DDC)
  • Agricultural Development Bank/Nepal (ADB/N)
  • Cottage and Small Industries Development Board (CSIDB)
  • Federation of Nepalese Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI)
  • Cottage and Small Industries Office (CSIO)
  • District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)
  • Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI)
  • District Federations of Indigenous Nationalities, and Dalits Organizations, Relevant line agencies such as District Forest Office (DFO), District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), Women Development Office.
  • Business Development Services Providing Organisations (BDSPO)
  • MFI Partners – District-wise

Department of Cottage and Small Industries

Department of Cottage and Small Industrie.s (DCS) was constituted under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS) in 1974 to promote and foster various kinds of cottage and small industries, enhancing their industrial productivity, as well as making congenial environment for industrial investment and thereby contributing to the national economy. The Department covers 27 districts including all terai districts and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kavre, Palpa and Kaski.

Cottage and Small Industries Development Board (CSIDB)

The CSIDB was established in 1982 with an aim to develop, expand and strengthen cottage and small industries in the country. With the main activity as providing skill development training, it has also been engaged in other promotional activities such as exhibition of CSI products, industry and industry sub-sector development study and so on. The CSDIB, at present, operates 50 types of skill training programmes in about 48 districts of the country. While the services of CSIDB is concentrated on hills and mountain regions of the country, the Department of Cottage Small Industries (DCSI) provides skill development training in 27 districts mainly located in the Terai region.

Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI)

The IEDI, a semi-autonomous body under the Ministry of Industry, has developed out of the Small Business Promotion Project (SBPP), a joint project of the Government of Nepal and the GTZ in 1984, with a view to promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses in the country. The SBPP project has developed several approaches towards introducing effective methods of micro, cottage and small industries development in the country. Few to mention are entrepreneurship development training, industrial potential study and research and technical advisory and consultancy services. The IEDI has given a new dimension to improving the service delivery in the small enterprise sector based on the SBPP approach to enterprise development. The IEDI has become a national level institution in the field of entrepreneurship and management skill development.

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