Training Programmes for Development of Micro-enterprises in the Cottage and Small Sector in Nepal (1999)

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Training for entrepreneurship development has been recognized for over one and a half decades as an essential ingredient in the development of small and micro-enterprises in Nepal. Currently, several organizations are engaged in entrepreneurship development programmes, training about 1,500 persons annually. The present study examines various aspects of evaluation of their effectiveness, particularly on the basis of a sample survey carried out among recent trainees in Kaski and Tanahu districts. While most organizations follow a more or less similar format for the selection of trainees and contents and the delivery of training, post-training backup and support provided by these organizations vary. Overall, about 35 per cent of the trainees have set up enterprises after receiving training, the rate of course varies, depending on the organization imparting the training and the location; the success rate among women trainees is lower than that among men trainees. The present study also identifies training-related and post-training factors that lead to a relatively low success rate. The study suggests a more specific group approach for training rather than the general one being followed by most organizations. Group could be location-specific, i.e., mountains or plains, rural or urban, as well as product specific. It also stresses the need to coordinate the training with other inputs and services such as credit, consultancy, and marketing information. The study recommends that the various organizations should also coordinate their programmes with each other in order to maximize the benefits from the available training resources.

 

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