The UNNATI Inclusive Growth programme in Nepal was a five-year DKK 400 million (£46 million GBP) programme supported by the Danish Government, that ran from January 2014 to December 2018. Implemented in seven hill districts of the Eastern Development Region of Nepal – Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Terhathum, Sankhuwasabha, Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung – the overall objective of UNNATI was the “Promotion of sustainable inclusive growth that reduces poverty and raises living standards.” The programme was divided into 3 key components:
- The Value Chain Component. This included a focus on the commercialization of selected value chains including orthodox tea, ginger, dairy and cardamom (1.1), and interventions to improve Access to Finance for rural households and MSMEs (1.2)
- The Infrastructure Component. This component focused on infrastructure with two subcomponents, the first focused on Rural Transport Infrastructure (2.1), and the second on Public Market-Related Infrastructure (2.2)
- The Enabling Environment Component. This included two further subcomponents, one focused on Public Private Dialogue (3.1) and the other on Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance (3.2)
The overall objective of the evaluation was to provide an assessment of the performance of the UNNATI Inclusive Growth programme. The evaluation aimed to provide an analysis of the processes and achievements made towards the accomplishment of project objectives, component objectives, and outputs. In addition, it aimed to assess the programme’s contribution to achieving the priorities and goals of Government of Nepal.