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Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building: EPI works to improve the institutional capacity of government agencies in close partnership with beneficiary organisations and external experts. An example of this is the Economic Brain, a demand-based programme that seeks to enhance the capacity of mid-level staff working at economic affairs ministries. The Economic Brain organises training sessions on statistical, mathematical and econometric tools, used primarily for evidence in policy making. This helps policy makers to think about whether proposed policies will work in the Nepal context. This is complementary to EPI’s approach to facilitate evidence-informed policy-making and implementation.

EPI is providing capacity building to the SEZ Authority to effectively establish and implement SEZs in Nepal, taking into account successes from other countries and learnings from the implementation of the first SEZ in Bhairahawa.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL): EPI uses a MEL system to track progress and assess performance to determine the outcomes of its projects. The MEL system is based around EPI’s programme management framework and is unique in its adaptability approach. The system helps adapt and reorient its approach according to the effectiveness of programmes and lessons learnt. It takes into account intended and unintended results, which helps with adaptation and reorientation.