Impact Evaluation of the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme
2017-2019; Nepal; DFID
DFID is supporting the implementation of the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme (NMDP), an agriculture and tourism-based market development programme which intends to increase the incomes of small holder farmers through development of local market systems through a ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approach.
The programme focuses on a range of agricultural and livestock (e.g. ginger, dairy, fish, vegetables, and pigs) and tourism (which has a significant impact on rural livelihoods) and intervenes on cross-sectoral issues such as mechanisation, input markets, value chain augmentation, business enabling environment, crop protection insurance and media. The programme is operational in 48 out of 75 districts of Nepal.
Itad has been contracted to deliver an independent ex-post evaluation of Samarth-NMDP to enrich the global knowledge base of the effectiveness of market systems programmes. It is the first initiative in Nepal to evaluate a programme on an M4P approach. The findings will be shared in Nepal and to external audiences – including via the DFID-funded Beam Exchange. The evaluation will also serve a secondary accountability function for DFID Nepal as it will assess the performance, delivered results and the value for money of the programme.
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