The centre will build on Nepal’s extensive track record in micro hydro project development and offer technical assistance and training in project monitoring and knowledge management to policy makers and community stakeholders from the region.

The center will begin operating immediately with a four-day training program for sixteen delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

USAID’s SARI/E program promotes energy security in South Asia through three activity areas: cross border energy trade; energy market formation; and clean energy access partnerships. Through these activities, SARI/E facilitates more efficient regional energy resource utilization, mitigates the environmental impacts of energy production, and increases regional access to energy resources. SARI/E countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.