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Internships

CONNECT has established an internship programme and, to-date has recruited 5 interns:  Asmita, Ashesh, Manoranjan, Milipa and Niva.

In addition, CONNECT has partnered with Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) to deliver rural business bootcamps to 10 SME businesses in the Mid and Far West through their Rural Enterprise Service Programme. Ten KUSOM MBA student consultants were paired with ten businesses to complete their rural enterprise service (an MBA course requirement) in January 2017. 

Through a unique, two-way partnership with Exeter's School of Business - ONEPlanetMBA students offer business consultancy services to our MSME partners and CONNECT sends members of the RAP team to Exeter to continue the knowledge exchange.  CONNECT has linked one student from the University's OnePlanetMBA programme to work with CONNECT partner Organic Mountain Flavor to undertake an international market discovery exercise, strengthen business development capabilities and author an export market strategy for ginger and other organic food and spice products from Nepal and RAP Graduate Ayasta was accepted on the OnePlanet MBA in October 2017.

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by: RAP 3      on: 09 Jan, 2018

Yesterday, Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) students that will undertake their Rural Enterprise Service (RES) placements in partnership with RAP3 CONNECT attended an orientation session.  All KUSOM MBA students are required to complete a three-week RES placement, offering consultancy services to rural businesses, as part of their course and CONNECT is delighted to partner with KUSOM and facilitate placements for a second year.  This year, 12 students will work with 15 businesses across three districts, Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti. During the orientation session students learned more about the districts in which they will be working and the businesses they will be working with.

The CONNECT team continues to grow, and welcomes three new Interns: Manoranjan Regmi, Asmita Poudel and Ashesh Karki.
by: ruth      on: 21 Sep, 2017

CONNECT’s newest recruits completed their induction today, delighted to welcome them to the team.

Manoranjan recently completed his Bachelors in Agriculture, focusing on climate change; Asmita recently completed a masters in Resource Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Ashesh is an MBA graduate who moves from the Agro Enterprise Centre at FNCCI to join us. They are an energetic group with a questioning spirit and craving for knowledge.

We look forward to watching them learn as they grow with us!!

RAP Graduate Engineer accepted to top ranked UK business and management education programme - University of Exeter’s ONE Planet MBA
by: RAP 3      on: 25 Aug, 2017

We are excited to announce RAP Graduate Engineer, Ayasta Pokharel's acceptance on Exeter University's ONEPlanetMBA, a top ranked UK business and management education programme focused on training students on future-fit business models.  Ayasta has been a valuable member of the RAP team since she joined as an intern in April 2014.  We congratulate Ayasta on working hard to realise this prestigious opportunity which is a leap forward in her career.  CONNECT has a two-way partnership with Exeter's School of Business - ONEPlanetMBA students offer business consultancy services to our MSME partners and CONNECT sends members of the RAP team to Exeter to continue the knowledge exchange.  We are delighted Ayasta will be the first from RAP to take a year-long sabbatical to participate in this program.

 

CONNECT interns join training at DFID
by: RAP 3      on: 01 Aug, 2017

CONNECT’s interns, Milipa and Niva, joined a training session on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal at DFID Nepal’s offices this week.  The training, arranged by the Risk Management Office (RMO), was delivered by Dr Mukta S. Lama, Tribhuvan University. Dr. Lama, an indigenous rights activist and Lecturer on Sociology & Anthropology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr Lama completed his doctoral studies in anthropology from Cornell University. His Phd was on 'Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory and Identity among Tamang in Nepal'.  Dr. Lama's training and the Checklist for Indigenous Audit of Development Projects shared by DFID-GIZ  RMO have proved great learning for CONNECT as we seek to more intentionally respond to the Leave No One Behind Agenda.

An export market strategy for Nepali ginger
by: RAP 3      on: 23 Jun, 2017
Christina, a student on Exeter University’s OnePlanet MBA is in Nepal to work with our MSME partner Organic Mountain Flavor Limited on an international market discovery exercise to strengthen business development capabilities and author an export market strategy for ginger and other organic food and spice products from Nepal. Christina comes with 18+ years of experience with the Government of Canada in areas of rural and economic development and export policies.
 
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CONNECT facilitates KUSOM RES placements
by: RAP 3      on: 23 Jan, 2017

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