USAID Clean Air
An initiative to improve air quality in kathmandu valley approaching national ambient air quality standards
Source: Ananda Raj Devkota
USAID Clean Air
An initiative to improve air quality in kathmandu valley approaching national ambient air quality standards
USAID Clean Air
An initiative to improve air quality in kathmandu valley approaching national ambient air quality standards
Source: Anna Sherchand

ABOUT THE ACTIVITY

USAID Clean Air is a multi-year initiative to improve air quality in Kathmandu valley approaching national ambient air quality standards leading to improved health and educational outcomes.

USAID Clean Air is using a multi-sectoral approach to reduce air pollution in Kathmandu Valley by engaging the government, civil society and private sector. One to Watch is leading the private sector component of USAID Clean Air which aims to enhance private sector involvement and investment in addressing air pollution issues. As part of USAID Clean Air, One to Watch is also implementing the Business Accelerator for Clean Air, an intensive multi-year business development program supporting ten enterprises working to reduce air pollution emissions and exposure in Kathmandu valley. The Business Accelerator for Clean Air program is designed to enhance the enterprises’ capacity across different domains of business development, operations, and scaling in their pursuit of addressing air pollution issues.

The activity is being implemented by a consortium led by FHI 360 with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), and One to Watch as consortium partners.

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USAID Clean Air is initiated by USAID for improving air quality in the Kathmandu Valley approaching national ambient air quality standards leading to improved health and educational outcomes.

The USAID Business Accelerator for Clean Air looks at supporting selected companies in the air pollution mitigation space through a multi-year business development program to help them grow and scale.

The USAID’s Clean Air activity has the following three objectives:

  1. Collaborate with the Government of Nepal (GoN) at all levels to drive evidence-based policy formulation, enforcement, and implementation that influences air quality
  2. Improve civil society and citizen engagement and knowledge on air pollution issues to advance public interest and GoN and private sector accountability for improving air quality
  3. Enhance private sector involvement and investment in addressing air pollution issuesCo

The private sector component of the USAID Clean Air is being implemented by OTW with the goal of increasing private sector involvement and investment in addressing air pollution issues. OTW will select ten innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in Kathmandu Valley to participate in an accelerator program and develop their concepts, business models, and investment strategies.

The USAID Business Accelerator for Clean Air offers the following for the selected applicants:

  • Customized technical assistance
  • Expert workshops and trainings
  • Multiyear strategy support
  • Seed grant for companies looking to pilot solutions
  • Wide network of entrepreneurs, mentors and experts

The program equips the participants with the necessary tools through which the companies identify their core competencies and assess their business models to cater to the market needs. The program is built on providing useful tools to companies  to help them scale their businesses.

We will cater our BDS according to the needs of your business in the including but not limited to the following areas:

  • Financial Planning
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Restructure Business Model
  • Operation Management
  • HR Management
  • Strategic Management

The program provides a platform that connect companies with potential investors. The program will support the companies in being investment ready and access a wider network of domestic and international financing networks through demo day and networking events during which these companies will pitch their business case to a diverse group of stakeholders, including capital providers. However, the program does not guarantee that the companies would receive an investment.