This project is funded by European Union. The European Union (EU) launched SWITCH-Asia as a grant programme funded through its Development Cooperation Instrument. SWITCH-Asia builds on a progression of former grant programmes which dealt with trade and sustainability in Asia, including the Asia-ProEco and Asia-Invest programmes. SWITCH-Asia is centrally managed by the Development Cooperation Office (DevCo), the Commission’s arm for implementing external assistance. DevCo oversees the launching of Calls for Proposals and the selection of successful applications. Once awarded, the grants are then managed by representative offices, EU Delegations, in the Asian countries that are eligible under the programme.
The European Union’s (EU) SWITCH-Asia Progamme has been ahead of the global aid development agenda and supported implementation of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices in EU-Asia cooperation since 2007. Since the beginning of the programme, the EU has provided €144 million in funding for 86 projects in 16 Asian countries. Under SCP theme, Winrock International and its partners won the project through global bidding in 2014. The Project focuses on Sustainable production of commercially viable products from municipal wastes through public-private partnerships in Green SMEs, Green City, Green Agro Products, and Green Employment Generation (PPP for 4Gs) in Ilam Municipality of Nepal.