A challenge fund is an open financing mechanism that allocates grant funding through a competitive process. Challenge funds are set up to meet specific objectives. Bids are assessed against transparent criteria. A selection committee then awards grants to those projects that best meet the aims of the fund. Challenge funds are used to address a wide range of development issues, including health, civil society, environment, and private sector development along the selected value chains…read more


The Advocacy Challenge Fund is a means to support private sector organisations (PSOs) and other organisations interested in private sector development, of the four value chains (Orthodox tea, ginger, dairy and cardamom), to conduct evidence based advocacy and lobbyism activities and to support initiatives addressing responsible business issues including the Global Compact principles, corporate governance and inclusive economic development related human rights issues…read more


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work, and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing together governments, employer’s and workers’ representatives…read more


In 2014, the Danish Government launched UNNATI- Inclusive Growth Programme in Nepal to strengthen market-based growth with a focus on reducing poverty and improving living standards. The programme has three components: 1) Value Chain Component-for sustained improvements in competitiveness of selected value chains; 2) Infrastructure Component-for sustained improvements of rural infrastructure; and 3) Enabling Environment Component-for sustained improvement in the enabling environment…read more



Joining hands for inclusive growth

International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a review meeting with its 29 partners under UNNATI-Inclusive Growth Programme to take stock of the progress being made with respect to promoting responsible business practices, including implementation of labour rights and good corporate governance. Kathmandu, March – Organizations of trade unions, employers,

  • Recipients of Advocacy Challenge Fund take a minute for a group photo with the dignitaries.

Advocacy Challenge Fund Launched

Kathmandu, July Inclusive Growth Programme-UNNATI’s Advocacy Challenge Fund has come into operation with the signing of contracts with 30 implementing partners. The UNNATI Programme is implemented in Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Tehrathum, Taplejung and Bhojpur, to improve advocacy for responsible business development, including rights and good corporate governance

  • Participants of the training on Labour Principles of UN Global Compact pose for a group photo.

Local efforts to promote a global initiative

Kathmandu—A total of 37 representatives of the employers’ and workers’ organizations NGOs and the media have stressed the need to implement the UN Global Compact Principles to promote responsible business. This, at a minimum, would mean meeting fundamental responsibilities in the areas of business and human rights, labour,