Employment Creation and Peace Building based on Local Economic Development (EmPLED)

The project applies a Local Economic Development (LED) approach as an integrating framework for the creation of decent work at the local level. At the end of the project it is expected that i) local stakeholders will be planning and implementing LED strategies and ii) women and men in the targeted communities will be effectively engaged in, and benefiting from, improved access to decent and productive local employment and economic development opportunities.

The project strategy is based on the establishment of effective public-private-partnerships for local economic development in the selected districts that will bring together locally available resources and external resources for specific interventions in select sector and sub-sectors of the local economies that are prioritized by local stakeholders. Intervention in sub-sectors that have economic potential as well as reach marginalised and vulnerable groups, disadvantaged women and un-employed youth will be prioritized.

The project builds on the ILO's forty year history of technical cooperation with the Government of Nepal and previous collaboration in labour intensive infrastructure development, skills development, small enterprise development and women¿s economic empowerment. Close collaboration and cost sharing will be done with the IPEC project for Nepal and close coordination is foreseen with the UNDP executed Decentralised Local Government Support programme in Dhanusha and the WB funded Poverty Alleviation Fund in Ramechhap district. The project falls within the ILO portfolio of projects in the Asia and Pacific Region that pursue local approaches to the creation of Decent Work (China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam) and extensive knowledge sharing with these projects is foreseen as well as with other projects funded under the Netherlands/ILO Cooperation Programme (NICP).