USAID/Nepal supported Education for Income Generation (EIG) Program was a five-year (2008-2012), $14.7 million program designed to respond to a root cause of conflict— exclusion of disadvantaged youth from relevant education, training and employment opportunities. The program combined literacy and life skills education; technical and vocational training linked to employment; training to increase agricultural productivity and raise rural incomes; and targeted scholarships for disadvantaged Dalit youth to increase access to higher (10+2 and college certificate) education. A cross-cutting theme was the provision of peace and reconciliation education for all participants in order to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills for conflict resolution, peace building, and promotion of human rights. EIG‘s primary beneficiaries were disadvantaged, conflict-affected and internally displaced youth throughout the 15 districts of the Mid-Western Region of Nepal.
The primary purpose of the final evaluation of EIG program was to assess its effectiveness to achieve sustainable impacts on beneficiaries especially with regard to employment and incomes and provide guidance to USAID in future program designs. The evaluation has focused on four components namely, literacy (Component 1 or C1), vocational (Component 2 or C2), agricultural productivity and enterprises (Component 3 or C3) and scholarship to Dalit (Component 4 or C4 ).