Community Impact Hub (CI-Hub) is a volunteer driven initiative of YI-Lab to promote culture of entrepreneurship and innovation from a grassroots level. Both formal and informal youth groups such as; academic institutions, community-based organizations and youth groups can register their local chapters and organize events.
With an estimated population of 31 million, Nepal is a highly stratified society with 125 castes and ethnic groups (including 63 indigenous communities). Nepal ranks 145th out of 188 countries on United Nations Development Program’s 2015 Human Development Index, placing the country in the low human development category. GNI per capita is estimated at US $730. 15% of people are living on less than $1.90 per day. According to World Bank’s 2016 report, about 80% of total population of Nepal lives in rural areas. Nepal is essentially an agrarian economy, providing subsistence livelihood for 70% of its population. The structural transition from agriculture towards knowledge and technology sectors has been slow. The economy does not have the capacity to create employment for all those entering the labor market. The lack of economic opportunities and poverty has fuelled the migration of an estimated three million Nepali workers to various countries. Remittance amounts to 25% of its GDP. This information alludes that It shows that there is a dearth of local level platforms that provide opportunities for youth to understand local problems and begin to solve them. CI-Hub is an envisioned solution to fill this gap; recognizing community challenges and finding solutions under local initiation.
The YI-Lab is a collaborative platform and experimental pop-up to catalyze and mobilize the creative energy of young people between 15-29 to co-create solutions for inclusive development.
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