Despite ongoing development efforts, poverty remains rampant in Nepal with approximately 31% of the population living below the poverty line. The incidence of poverty is highest in rural areas, particularly in the remote areas.
Microfinance has been one of the few effective tools for poverty reduction over the past years. Through the creation of sound microfinance institutions and systems, poor people can safely deposit money and accumulate funds for future investments or emergencies as well as access loans for productive purposes leading to higher incomes. Additionally, microfinance produces an impact in other areas including good governance, participation in the political processes, women empowerment, social inclusion and conflict transformation.
Currently, more than 2 million individuals in the rural population have access to microfinance services. This figure represents approximately 8% of the population and approximately 26% of the people living below the poverty line. The outreach of sustainable and sound microfinance institutions to the rural and urban poor still needs, however, to be increased in order to further diminish poverty.
The Nepal Microfinance Summit was organized after the 2006 Global Microcredit Summit held in Halifax, Canada and organized by the Microcredit Summit Campaign (MCS) Secretariat based in Washington, DC. Our effort to collect Institutional Action Plan (IAP) from Nepali microfinance institutions is modeled after the MCS IAP collection that is compiled into an annual State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report. The data we collect will be shared with the MCS Secretariat as we are a part of this larger global movement. Please note that completing the Nepal Summit’s Institutional Action Plan does not guarantee membership to the Microcredit Summit Campaign. For more information on MCS, to join their Campaign and/or to submit an Institutional Action Plan please go to their website at: www.microcreditsummit.org or email MCS at email@example.com.