FWEAN won the Gold Award for the Community Service/ Development Project Award 2016 from International Project Management Association (IPMA) from Poland. FWEAN won among three finalists, two others organizations, one from Mexico and one from UAE.
IPMA is the World’s first project management association, founded in 1965. Their national associations collaborate to advance their profession’s achievements in project and business success.
The project presented to the competition from FWEAN was on "formalizing and strengthening of women entrepreneurs through a Business Clinic", which was implemented from March to September 2016 with the support of ILO - WOI Project (International Labour Organization – Way out of Informality Project). The project aimed to formalize and strengthen women led SMEs in Nepal, building their capacity for entrepreneurship development, business planning, marketing, establishing linkages with banks, orienting them on the importance of registration and facilitating them to be legally registered. The program was focused in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts.
The announcement was made on 18 November 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. The IPMA President Reinhard Wagner received the award on behalf of FWEAN. He handed it to FWEAN on Saturday 17th of December 2016, in Kathmandu.