Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research at Oxford Brookes University, Levent is an experienced mixed methods researcher who has published extensively on entrepreneurship in LMIC contexts. In this study, Levent supervised the research design and write-up phases.
As Business Development Manager at the Centre for International Tourism and Events Management Research at Oxford Brookes University, Claire is responsible for identifying emerging research opportunities and securing support for projects addressing a socio-economic research agenda. Claire led the fieldwork and follow-up funding applications resulting from this project.
With a background in international development and particular expertise in arts for social change, Delphine leads the British Council’s Culture and Development programmes across the South Asia region. Delphine co-delivered the fieldwork elements of this project and played a central role in participant recruitment.
1. Most Terai women engage in entrepreneurship through a social enterprise; men are more likely to start their own SME;
2. Arts, crafts and cultural exchange provide a vital source of income for Terai women;
3. Arts, crafts and cultural exchange offer improvements to Terai women’s social wellbeing;
4. Gender inequality, lack of business skills and poor social enterprise governance are barriers to Terai women’s engagement with entrepreneurship;
5. Building links with other artisans, targeted training and outreach intervention with male community members are enablers of Terai women’s engagement with entrepreneurship;
6. The arts can foster peaceful social exchange across religious, caste and geographical groups in Nepal.
» To understand the landscape of women’s entrepreneurship in the Terai region;
» To understand the landscape of arts and culture in the Terai region;
» To understand the potential for arts and culture to provide a medium for peace-building between Hill and Terai peoples;
» To identify opportunities for the development of Terai women’s entrepreneurship;
» To inform the co-design of a potential new, large-scale research project with social enterprise and community stakeholders, with the potential to improve Terai women’s socio-economic wellbeing.
Whilst there are acknowledged limitations to our work, the authors believe these findings to comprise preliminary evidence for a clear need for research and investment in Terai women’s entrepreneurship; moreover, they suggest that the arts hold great potential for delivering improvements in socio-economic wellbeing and conflict resolution in Nepal.
This study was commissioned and funded by the British Council Nepal, and would not have been possible without the support of the following social enterprise, industry and community partners:
Claire Burkert (Founder of the JWDC); Sujan Chitrakar (Assistant Prof. of Art and Design, Kathmandu University); Prof. Rajendra Bimal and Kamlesh Thakur (Freelance providers of interpretation and translation); Ashmina Ranjit (Director; NexUs Culture Nepal); Rabi Malla (Director, KOLPA); NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati (Founder, photo.circle); Mohit Maharajan (Head of Operations, Mahaguthi Craft with Conscience); Ayusha Shrestha (Founder, AAMO Nepal); Chitra Bahadur KC (Chair; Fair Trade Group Nepal); Susie Vickery (Craft Consultant); Saroj Mahato and Mahima Singh (Founders, Bikalpa Art Center); Priya Joshi (Director, Maker KT); all study participants from Kathmandu, Janakpur and surrounding villages.