Dharm Raj Joshi (MA), Executive Director: Mr. Joshi, is a researcher and development worker with more than 6 years of work experience in Nepalese development sector. He has been leading land related research projects and facilitating policy dialogue initiatives that focus on advancing lives of indigenous communities, near and actual landless farmers through policy innovation to ensure land tenure security and property right. Currently, he is a NFP Fellow for ‘International Course on Governance of Landscapes, Forest and People’, at Wageningen Center for Development Innovation (CDI), the Netherlands. He was a Policy Research Fellow for Daayitwa-Nepal Public Service Fellowship Summer 2016. Previously, he was research fellow at Kathmandu University and Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South.
Having keen interest on public policy process in general and particularly on Nepal’s development Plans & Policies, he is a budding development entrepreneur well equipped with development communication and research skills. He earned M.A. in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. His research expertise include land tenure and landscape governance, property rights, livelihood and food security, monitoring and evaluation and also include action research and baseline behavioral survey to guide the policy level interventions.
Hem Raj Upreti, Admin and Finance Office: Mr. Upreti, is a former president of Nepal Red Cross Society, Dadeldhura/Nabdurga Sub chapter and development worker with more than 13 years of work experience in community development, disaster risk reduction (DRR), policy advocacy, social mobilization, capacity building, public auditing & other development activities both in rural and urban settings in different districts of Nepal with numerous intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs. He holds Bachelor in Health Education;and Bachelor in Rural Development(Running) from T.U. Mr. Upreti is currently working in COLARP as Administration and Finance Officer. He has extensive knowledge on livelihood strategies and resilience along with climate change issues.
Dinesh Dangol (MA), Research and Monitoring Officer: Mr. Dangol holds Master’s in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Kathmandu University. He is a well-qualified and technically proficient researcher with more than six years’ experience and excellent academic qualifications on Natural Resources with well-honed research and writing with meticulous attention to details. He has an extensive expertise on planning, organizing and carried out long term and short term research projects with minimal supervision, analyzed and studied on different topic around the valley and outside the valley on social issues and wildlife. He has maintained details records for procedural and statistical purposes, gained significant independent research and writing experience. He is been developing the Open Data kit (ODK) and KOBO for project and different research and had immense knowledge on the data analysis and monitoring as well.
Sunita Pandey (MA), Research Officer: Ms. Pandey is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Sociology in Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. She has keen interest in studying land and property rights issues of women from sociological perspective. She is emerging social researcher with experience on community land rights and socio cultural issues. She has good knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
Ms. Shraddha Paudel, Assistant Researcher: Ms. Paudel studied her undergraduate degree in Social Services from Diaconia University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and is currently studying final year of her Bachelor’s degree in Community Development from Kathmandu University. She has worked in areas such as disability, language training, and food programs for the homeless during her stay in Finland. After returning to Nepal, she has worked in different community development programs such as Community Education Program (CEP), Community Rehabilitation Program (CBR) for people with disabilities, research on the effect of the recent earthquake on people with disabilities. Other recent experiences include volunteering in Utkarsha Nepal, an organization working towards raising awareness about sexual violence.
Ms. Paudel is fluent in Nepali, English, and knows basic Finnish. She has a special interest in the field of Social Psychology, and therefore, is aspiring to pursue further education regarding the same. She believes in hard work and that change must come from within an individual, only then we can work together to change the community.
Ms. Khima Rana, Front desk officer/Admin and Finance Supporter: Ms. Rana is presently pursing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, with specialization in Accounts, from Tribhuvan University. She is equipped with administrative and documentation along with proper communication skills. She had worked as Supervisor in Sachar Nepal Aviyan Progamme and also had experience of teaching for 2 Years.
Ms. Kabita Dahal (MA), Research Fellow: She has competed her Bachelor Degree in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Purwanchal University, and is pursing Masters in Food and Nutrition from Tribhuvan University. She has been engaged in food security research as a research fellow in COLARP.
Anu Puri (BA), Filed Officer: Miss Puri has been engaged in COLARP as a Field Officer in COLARP’s office at Dhangadi, Kailali.