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BSC is the result of a partnership between the Nepali NGO FBPWN (Federation of Business and Professional Women Nepal), which is the implementing agency, and AIDOS (Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo - Italian Association for Women in Development) which is the executing angency and provides technical assistance to the project. The major donor is the EU (European Union). Co-funding has been given by AIDOS itself, the Waldesian Church and La Feltrinelli, a Publishing House in Italy.


The Federation of Business and Professional Women, Nepal (FBPWN) is a non-profit organization registered with Kathmandu Chief District Office (CDO) and the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal. BPWN was founded in 1975 and has been a member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) since 1985. It was registered with the Government of Nepal as FBPWN in 1991.
Since its inception, FBPWN has been undertaking projects targeting young girls, women and children, with the aim of empowering them socially and economically. They work at the district level, through their chapters. At present, they work in Kathmandu, Patan, Thimi, Hetauda, Birgunj, Biratnagar, Pokhara, Ramechhap and Banepa Districts.

Their main activities are:

The establishment of Nepal’s Polytechnic for women:
Located at the head office in Kathmandu, the Polytechnic offers professional and skill orientated trainings, particularly for unemployed and disadvantaged women, e.g. secretarial, marketing, enterprise management training and several kinds of income generating skills training.

Literacy programme:
Through FBPWN chapters, literacy classes are offered to the most disadvantaged groups of women (e.g. Dalit and Muslim). During the literacy classes, basic income generating skills and awareness raising training (e.g. sanitation, health and legal issues) are also provided to women to enhance their self-reliance and improve their family livelihoods.

Micro-credit programme:
Through its chapters, FBPWN provides training to women on credit utilization and mobilization. Loans are given to women to carry out income generating activities and it has been a very successful programme. At present, the Patan Chapter is providing a micro-credit scheme on a large scale through Kiva (www.kiva.org).

Day care centres:
Day care centres have been established by FBPWN chapters in four industrial districts to assist women in retaining their jobs after the birth of their children. The day-care centres also offer classes and training to mothers on topics related to child-care, sanitation, nutrition, family planning and literacy. These have turned into examples for others to follow.

Workshops and Seminars:
FBPWN periodically organizes workshops on women's issues, such as health, education, employment and leadership development.

For further information, please visit: www.bpwnepal.org.np


The Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS) is a non-governmental, non- profit organization, established in Rome in December 1981 and registered with the Italian ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. It has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

AIDOS concentrates its activities in four areas of intervention: a) women’s rights, through the creation of documentation/information centres on women’s rights, programs against gender-based violence (GBV), programs against female genital mutilations (FGM); b) sexual and reproductive health and rights, through the establishment of Reproductive Health Counselling Centres for women and adolescent girls/boys and the upgrading of Mother and Child Health and Family Planning Centres into community based centres with an integrated, holistic approach to reproductive and sexual health; c) the economic empowerment of women, through the establishment of business service centres to promote women’s micro/small enterprises; d) the education of girls, through the means of a scholarship fund, financed by private individuals and corporations, to support Indian and Afghani girls to attend good primary and secondary level schools and universities.

AIDOS is currently active in the following countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Mali, Burkina Faso, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine (Gaza Strip), Jordan, Syria, and Venezuela.

AIDOS also conducts research and produces gender training manuals and carries out gender training in various disciplines for several international agencies.

In Italy and at European level, AIDOS is involved in advocacy work and information activities on women’s rights, gender issues, global health and FGM and is a member of various European and international networks of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

For further information, please visit: www.aidos.it.


The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

The European Union is a major player in international co-operation and development aid. It is also the world’s largest humanitarian aid donor. Today, the European Community has political and financial responsibility for over 11% of the world’s public aid (ODA), compared with 5% in 1985.

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