Bikas udhyami

Through the Bikas Udhyami blog, we share our perspectives and analysis on Nepal’s state of affairs and development. In addition, as part of our blog we provide insights into our work and activities.

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BLOG SERIES ISSUE NO.3: Anthropose - Serving for VisionJune 3, 2017 Bikas Udhyami (Anusha Neupane)
Have you ever imagined that while you are busy choosing for trendy and fashionable sunglasses, someone out there is struggling for vision? When you are paying for branded eyewear, someone is suffering to pay for simple Cataract surgery and cannot see this beautiful world? “Multiplying resources is the beauty of business” according to 29-year-old Suraj Shrestha, CEO and Founder of Anthropose, who found a solution to demand for branded eyewear and at the same time the need to support people in rural areas of Nepal who suffer from cataract. Read More
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP BLOG SERIES- ISSUE NO. 2: EmPOWERing Women Entrepreneurs-The Story of KalpavrikshaMay 29, 2017 Bikas Udhyami (Anusha Neupane)
Established in 2012, Kalpavriksha Greater Goods is a business organization that is contributing to building a network of women entrepreneurs in Nepal to promote sustainable clean energy distribution in Nepal. It is run under the umbrella of the global organization called ‘Empower Generation’. The major goal of Kalpavriksha is to distribute and sell life-saving clean energy products by establishing the network of women entrepreneurs in the remote areas of Nepal to those who are deprived of electricity and who depend on the traditional system of fuel. The CEO and Founder, Sita Adhikari, shared her experiences of the social business she started in 2011 with Bikas Udhyami. Read More
Social Entrepreneurship Blog Series Issue No.1 - Miteri Recycle - Between Social Service and BusinessApril 22, 2017 Bikas Udhyami (Lokmani Subedi)
Think about the clothes you have at home that you have worn only once or twice, because they do not fit you properly anymore or you have grown tired of them. You think of wearing them one day, but you never do. You are thinking of throwing them away or donating them to the poor people outside holy shrines like Pashupatinath. But did you know that your used clothes could be best buy for people in rural areas in western Nepal? Read More
Is banning female migrants from working as domestic workers the only solution?May 22, 2017 Subuna Basnet
In March 2017, the Parliament's International Relations and Labor Committee instructed the government to implement a ban on Nepali women to travel to Gulf countries for employment as domestic workers. The order was the result of a field visit the Committee made to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait - main destination countries for Nepali migrant workers- during which it found "widespread abuse and exploitation of domestic workers”. The ban especially affects female migrant workers, who account for 4.28 percent of total migrant worker’s population in 2014/15. Read More
Development Statistics: Understanding Development better through DataFebruary 20, 2017 Bikas Udhyami
Globally, we have come a long way since the 1950’s, when global life expectancy was only 48 years, 36 percent of the population was literate and 54.8 percent lived in extreme poverty (Our World in Data). Global life expectancy now stands at just over 71 years (WHO 2016), global adult literacy is estimated at 86% (UNESCO 2015) and 10.6 percent of the global population is poor i.e. 767 million people living on less than 1 US$ 1.90 per day (World Bank 2013). Data has played a key role in being able to track progress towards national and global development outcomes such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the adoption of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data during the UN World Data Forum in January of this year is an explicit recognition of the importance of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More