Manohara Khadka

Country Representative – Nepal (Rotational CR)

Manohara was Natural Resource Management (NRM) Portfolio Manager and Senior Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal. She managed natural resource management, social studies/research portfolios and GESI integration in programs of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Nepal. She was also a focal point for SDC’s global program on water. Manohara served as NRM and Gender Specialist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) – the Hindu Kush Himalayan region based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has received the Netherlands and Norwegian fellowships for higher education. She has received an education award, ‘Nepal Vidhya Bhusana’ from the Ministry of Education, Nepal, in 2012. Manohara has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, manuals, strategy papers, books, policy briefs, blogs, guidelines, op-eds, and newspaper articles on policy, gender, inclusivity, and livelihood dimensions of water, forestry, climate change, watershed management, decentralized agricultural services, pastoral livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. She has reviewed over 70 external project proposals, policies, conference abstracts and papers, peer-reviewed articles, working papers, and MSc and PhD theses on NRM, gender and governance issues. Manohara brings strong expertise in handling multilateral and bilateral programs/project management and coordination (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation [SDC], Finland; UK Department for International Development [DFID]; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia [DFAT]; United States Agency for International Development [USAID]; United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]; Asian Development Bank [ADB]; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO]) in the NRM sector, and integrating governance and gender perspectives in policy, research/studies, organizational systems and development projects.


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Kathmandu, Nepal