The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) has sought the support of UK Aid through the Department for International Development (DFID) in developing and the reform of the KEP. The Karnali Employment Programme Technical Assistance (KEPTA) consortium, which is led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and includes Cardno IT Transport and Deego Pvt Ltd, has been contracted by DFID to manage a technical assistance (TA) fund in order to support employment-led approaches to reducing poverty and vulnerability in Nepal.
The TA fund, which is part of the new phase of DFID’s Rural Access Programme (RAP), supported the GoN in developing and implementing the Centre of Excellence Projects (CEPs) in the first half of 2014. The CEPs developed and tested a number of new processes and systems for the new KEP in the Jumla and Kalikot districts of Karnali. A total of 811 households participated in the CEPs in Jumla and Kalikot, generating just under 44,000 thousand person days of work, an average of 54 days per household. The community infrastructure created by the CEPs consists of two roads and two irrigation canals.