Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRAD) was established in 1995 as a non-profit making Non Governmental Organization. It is registered with the government and also affiliated with the Social Welfare Council. It is dedicated to intellectual and analytical pursuits for the upliftment of the Nepali people and humanity. It aims to concentrate on research and studies in economic and social fields of national and international importance for contributing in
The specific objectives of IPRAD are:
- undertake research on economic, social, management, institutional, legal and environmental issues,
- evolve and draw up policy alternatives for ensuring sustainable development process,
- promote regional and international cooperation in the areas of socio-economic research, and
- disseminate outcome of research and studies at home and abroad.
Scope of Activities
The scope of IPRAD's activities includes the following:
- Research on socio-economic issues of practical importance to the policy makers, implementing agencies and the general public;
- Training, seminar and symposiums on contemporary issues;
- Sharing of experience with organizations of similar interest in other countries through seminars and exchange of visits;
- Impact studies of various development policies, programs and projects
- Promotion of action to raise public awareness regarding the consequences of development policies and programs;
- Formulation of alternative development policies, strategies in issues of national and international importance;
- Consultancy services to the government, private sector, NGOs, INGOs and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies;
- Dissemination of research findings to different audience groups of home and abroad.
IPRAD draws on qualified and experienced professionals from a wide range of institutions and subject areas, including the public sector, university, banking and finance and NGOs. Specialized disciplinary areas of the members include macroeconomics, business management, agriculture, water resources, engineering, industry, trade, finance, sociology, anthropology, law, community development and environment. Thus, IPRAD blends the expertise of experienced planners and policy makers, development economists, sociologists, management experts, lawyers and engineers. Many of the experts have long experiences of working in the government, and the corporate, banking and private sectors.