Political Economy of Rural Finance Reform in Nepal: ADB’s Experience
Acharya, Yubraj; Dhakal, Saroj | April 2012
This paper analyzes ADB’s rural finance program in Nepal, particularly the support to the Agriculture Development Bank (ADB/N), from a political economy perspective. The relatively smooth transformation of ADBN toward a viable commercial institution so far can be attributed to the congruence of the stakeholders’ policies, the cluster approach, and the strong engagement among the stakeholders led by the project staff. A number of general recommendations are made for more effective ADB interventions in Nepal’s finance sector. ADB should (i) engage only in an area that is clearly on the government’s priority; (ii) engage more proactively with “street actors” including labor unions, while remaining within ADB’s mandate; (iii) modify the modality of engaging consultants; and (iv) continue with the cluster approach at least until the country’s transition is complete.
CitationAcharya, Yubraj; Dhakal, Saroj. 2012. Political Economy of Rural Finance Reform in Nepal: ADB’s Experience. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/1385. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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