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About Us

INSTITUTE FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS & DEVELOPMENT

Institute for Indigenous Affairs and Development (IIAD) brings forward an innovative, sustainable, and institutional approach to support the indigenous people of Nepal to address indigenous affairs and solve the issues faced, through impact-driven projects and nurturing local knowledge, culture, and innovation in different districts of Nepal. Institute for Indigenous Affairs and Development aims to empower indigenous people and community members through Economic Development, Grassroots Movement and Advocacy, and Research and Policy Development.

Sustainable Development Programs are designed to uplift economic status and engagement of indigenous people through social entrepreneurship and startups, business incubation and direct community towards sustainability, helping them live a dignified living independent from others in society. This economic growth will allow our target communities to have improved access to education, health, nutrition, and the national economy.

Research and Advocacy will play a significant role in gathering data and conducting research on indigenous people regarding various streams of activities including livelihood, health, policies, rights, etc. Based on research and evidence, IIAD will work with local communities, government authorities, international and local advocacy and developmental institutions to create policies for improved access to rights for indigenous people.

Grassroots Movement is aimed at highlighting the rich cultural heritages and knowledge of indigenous people, and to showcase challenges and affairs faced by indigenous people into mainstream media. IIAD support system will support indigenous people to raise rights and safeguard issues of development projects to concerned authorities to guarantee policy level changes and just and equitable processes are integrated in programs to safeguard indigenous people from negative impact. We aim at Children and Women Welfare programs designed to provide educational, nutritional and health support services to children and menstrual, pregnancy and maternity health and support for women.

Vision: 

Empower Indigenous People of Nepal for Sustainable Development

Mission: 

To uplift the living standard of the Indigenous communities in Nepal through research and policy Development, grassroots movement and advocacy, and sustainable development programs.

Objectives: 

  • To conduct research on indigenous affairs and developmental challenges to advocate for policy change and empowerment of indigenous people of Nepal
  • To help identify implement livelihood opportunities and entrepreneurial solution to indigenous communities
  • Provide means to quality education and health support to deprived children from diverse ethnic and indigenous communities
  • To contribute in overall sustainability and development of indigenous communities in Nepal
  • To support in promoting  language and culture of diverse indigenous communities
  • Provide adequate resources that allow them to make well-informed decisions about the fate of their community.
  • Generate low cost – high efficiency income-generating events that enable them to self- sustain and be independent.
  • Create a multiplier effect in highly marginalized communities by propagating their access to education so that the community can benefit with equal opportunities and eventually self-sustain.
  • Build a structure that saves the marginalized community from despair and aims to hold all diverse communities together to make an equal, better place for all of us to live in.

OUR TEAM

Creating Impact

Biswash Chepang, Chair

Biswash, has seven years of experience in the diverse sector ranging nonprofit, for-profit, academic institutions, administration, social work, community development, program development and youth engagement. He specializes in environmental & social safeguard sector, vulnerable indigenous community, Juvenile Offenders, child protection, and life skills sessions.
He holds Masters In Advanced Development in Social Work from the University of Lincoln (2018) through Erasmus Mundus Scholarship program funded by European Union.

Bikesh Gautam, Vice-Chair

Bikesh Gautam has spent the past decade at various social organizations such as Amnesty International, Youthinkgreen-Nepal and ‘We’ for Change. His experiences in such organization has helped him groom gradually along with the gradual growth of the involved organizations. His activist career began at Amnesty International and has not looked back ever since ‘We’ for Change where he served as Vice- President. He works at Kings College’s Center for Research and Development as a Research Associate. He is affiliated to Nepal Jaycees and owns ventures: Blink Nepal and Brihaspati Printers.

Adv. Jasmin Karmacharya, Secretary

Adv. Jasmin Karmacharya, founder of Lex Mantra is a practicing lawyer and Human Rights Activist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate law and a master’s in human rights. With a passion for providing quality education and supporting the legal system of Nepal, she organizes, leads, and participates in an array of programs, workshops, and sessions in benefit for legal knowledge aspirants. She is practicing advocate working in protecting the rights of people and business. Besides she is also a lecturer at various colleges.

Radhika Maskey, Treasurer

Radhika Maskey is a financial professional having managed grants from international donors and agencies. She has 15 years of experience in Fair Trade Group Nepal and MBA in Finance. She is an entrepreneur and operates interior design and decor shop. Radhika is well versed in financial management systems, financial literacy, and training design and delivery. She also provides training in livelihood related to interior decor products and market development.

Sandeep Shrestha, Director

Sandeep Shrestha is a sustainability professional with 10 years of knowledge in enterprise development, impact assessment, and communications. He specializes in environmental and social safeguard, business sustainability, impact reporting and community development. He has worked in private and non-profit sectors in the USA and Nepal, and a faculty member at Kings College, Nepal. He has a degree in MBA and is currently pursuing MPhil in Development Studies at Kathmandu University School of Education, focusing his research in sustainability.

Milan Kumar Sardar Tharu, Director

Milan is MBA nonprofit graduate and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. He has a keen interest in organizational development, education innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He believes that quality education, innovation, and entrepreneurship can help communities transform. He is an aspiring social entrepreneur and has co-founded various startups with the vision of community empowerment and capacity building. He has been volunteering and associated with different nonprofit organizations based inside and outside Nepal in various capacities since 2015.

OUR AMAZING SKILLS

Bring Diverse Skills Together

75%
SUSTAINABILITY

Economic, Environmental, and Social Impact through our Initiatives

60%
RESEARCH

Researching indigenous affairs to make transformative change

80%
LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS

Empowering indigenous lives with business incubation and livelihood projects

45%
ADVOCACY

Advocating for Indigenous development, one step at a time

2000

INDIGENOUS LIVES IMPACTED

Institute for Indigenous Affairs and Development