Dipendra Kandel Initiative

Economic Development Policy

 Economic Development provides citizens with the tools to empower themselves and their communities. The DKI undertakes research to draft policy recommendations for governments to foster economic productivity and opportunities by taking direct action on the public and private sector. 

Economic Development research focuses on: Employment, monetary and fiscal policies, finances, trade, and tax regulation, business creation, expansion, and retention, sustainable growth, income growth, disparities reduction, access to food, water, education, healthcare, and housing, infrastructure provision, technology transfer, energy supply…

Research Parameters
Research Parameters

Knowledge Competitiveness

Economic Infrastructure and Competition

Ease of starting a business

Ease of enforcing a contract

Gross fixed capital formation (% of GDP)

Logistics Performance Index

Intensity of local competition

Availability of latest technologies

Competitiveness Drivers

Business impact of rules on FDI

FDI, net inflows (% of GDP)

Global Entrepreneurship Index

Investment  in telecom services (% of GDP)

Venture capital availability

Economic Openness

Creative Economy

High-technology net exports (% of total trade)

Creative services exports (% of total trade in services)

Creative goods exports (% of total trade in goods)


Trade (% of GDP)

Prevalence of non-tariff barriers

Financing and Value Added

Financial and Taxes

Total tax and contribution rate (% of profit)

Soundness of banks

Domestic credit to private sector (% of GDP)

Bank deposits to GDP (%)

Domestic Value Added

High-skilled employment (% of total employed people)

Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP)