Central Office (Kathmandu)

Mr Gyan Bahadur Adhikari
Executive Director
288 Gairidhara Marg, Gairidhara
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Profile of Mr. Gyan Bahadur Adhikari

An avid development practitioner and a matured management leader having more than 20 years of experience in development sector, Mr Gyan Bahadur Adhikari has joined RRN from 20th September 2016 as its Executive Director. 

Mr Adhikari has earned a wide range of working experiences in development sector nationally and internationally. He had worked in the differently challenged countries leading diverse and large teams to reduce poverty and suffering of the people in Asia and Africa. He had advocated and lobbied at various national and international forums for the rights, justice and dignity of poor and marginalised people. He had worked in various countries (Nepal, Afghanistan, South Sudan and in some South East Asian countries i.e. Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh etc.) being with some reputed international development agencies such as ActionAid International and Plan International in various capacities. His leadership and advisory role has been well recognised for addressing humanitarian crisis where people got affected by the huge political unrest, ethnic and tribal fighting, and natural disasters.  He is an expert in addressing the humanitarian crisis. 

He holds Master's degree in Economics and Anthropology. He has received numbers of training in various development issues and participated in several workshops and seminars. He has expertise in participatory planning and monitoring and strategy plan development. He obtained participatory development methods training from the University of Calgary, Canada, IDS Sussex, UK and PRAXIS India.

Agent of Change 

He spearheaded the designing, planning and managing of various humanitarian and development programmes including, conflict resolution and peace building, education assistance, health, water and sanitation; emergency; winterization and drought response; agriculture and livelihood improvement and micro-finance in key interventions areas of governance, women’s rights, food and human security, HIV and AIDS, Child Protection etc. Mr Adhikari had played a crucial role for being an agent of change in different national policies and engaged in policy advocacy covering the issues such as, aid accountability, customary wedding, stopping civilian killing and military raid in civilian houses by the international military forces in Afghanistan.  He had mobilised local elders (sura) and religious leaders for resolving several conflicts. He had been one of the active members for the liberation of bonded labourers’ (Kamiya Andolan) movement in Nepal.

He has worked as an advocate for aid accountability and transparency gearing towards the alleviation of human suffering and bringing the dignity of poor and excluded at the centre of attention while exploring development alternatives, such as sustainable agriculture, climate change, and livelihood keeping people living in poverty at the centre. He also led interactive sessions with parliamentarians, House of Lords, in Italy, UK, Afghanistan and congressmen in the US for aid/development effectiveness.   

Mr Adhikari has an experience on working in very remote and rural areas of Nepal i.e. in the mid-western districts of Nepal for community empowerment, enhancing participation of people in decision-making processes.  He is one of the founding members of Nepal Participatory Network (NEPAN), and promoted some participatory networks in the Midwest and Eastern Nepal as well as in Bangladesh. He attended several forums, workshops, seminars and network meetings internationally and lead World Social Forum (WSF) of civil society in Brazil and India. 

In his imitative, he had established a Nepali NGO, Community Development Resource Centre (CDRC) in Surkhet and led NGO federation district chapter as president.   At the beginning, Mr Adhikari started his career through some social researchers and considered a good trainer on PRA, PVA and strategic planning.       

Mr Adhikari believes in walking the talk and is a strong promoter of rights to development putting people at the centre of development and ensuring people’s participation in the decisions making process.