Our Areas of Work


FHI aims to conduct global quality interdisciplinary research on contemporary as well as historic issues surrounding the Himalayas, as well as predictive analysis of socio-environmental change that is likely to happen in the region. Through graduate studies programs and specially crafted research programs, FHI will be able to generate robust body of knowledge to inform communities, governments, international agencies and the private sector in the region about the future of the Himalayas.

Consulting Services

FHI offers a range of consulting services in relation to the needs of challenges of sustainable management of Himalayan landscape. Our services include – organisational change, program management, strategic planning, policy analysis, community development, ecosystem services management, building resilience, water management, forest management, sustainable agriculture and similar topics.

Education and training

FHI will deliver education and training at pros-graduate and professional levels with the goal of enhancing the societal capability of the region to understand and respond to the challenges of the region. It will collaborate with research and education institutions interested in the Himalayan challenges around the world.

Community Services

FHI is committed to offer services to communities and the public even where there is direct financial compensation, in areas that are critical to wellbeing of the public and sustainability of the Himalayan environment.

Social entrepreneurship and innovation

FHI will take an unconventional approach to organisational development and innovation, by blending private capital with high degree of social commitment of its founder, promoters, and stakeholders. It will operate as a a financially self sustaining social enterprise, and at the same time, provides leadership to the society to tackle the Himalayan challenges, going beyond the logic of market. In this sense, FHI leverages the potential of market, intellectual analysis, community engagement and innovation brokering

Himalayan Field Day

FHI will soon announce Himalayan Field Day – a one day intensive field excursion for school and undergraduate students – with an aim to create and strengthen wider pubic awareness on the ecological and social challenges and opportunities in the Himalayan region.

Flagship Project

Heem School

The Himalayan Field School on Environment, Culture and Society (HeemSchool) is designed to provide a unique practice-oriented, culturally diverse, and intellectually stimulating learning experience on environment and the society in the Himalayas.

Entrepreneurship School

FHI is announcing a graduate Certificate course on Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation targeting fresh graduates from Nepal and the Himalayan region. The course will adopt a field based learning model in which participants will discuss, test and develop viable social entrepreneurship ideas that match their contexts.

Our Kathmandu School


With a goal to become a leading higher education provider, FHI has started with some partnership based education and training activities. Activities now underway include:

a) Collaborative PhD and higher degree by research in partnership with various Universities outside Nepal;

b) Himalayan Field School on Environment, Culture and Society (HeemSchool) in partnership with Australia based Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide (IFSD);

c) Himalayan Field Day for School and undergraduate students in Nepal;

FHI has a pool of experts who bring practical, experiential and conceptual knowledge to provide you specific services you need. We can design a research, analyse policy issues, tackle management challenges, team building workshops, program management and evaluation, educational quality systems development and so on.

FHI is committed to act as knowledge broker to catalyse innovation around targeted problem areas or opportunities. We work with partners and communities to define problems, locate opportunities and experiment solutions, with twin goals of making an impact and at the same time generating lessons on how we can bring about changes in the system and human behaviors. At FHI we bring proven experiences and technologies of organisational change in the context of the Himalayas. Currently, our innovation development works include community forestry, agriculture and community development, professional skills development, and so on.



Dr. Mani Banjade

Dr. Mani Banjade

Executive Director


How we work and where we work


The Himalayan challenge


Albert Einstein said that the mindset responsible for creating a problem cannot find solutions to it. Similarly, we cannot use the same mindset to solve problems we are facing in the Himalayas, where society and environment are experiencing some of the greatest challenges in the world. Not only is climate change posing a threat, but Himalayan societies are also undergoing rapid changes.

Can the Research Process Itself Bring About Change in Forest Governance?

Mani R Banjade

Mani Ram Banjade reflects on 10 years of work with local communities, NGOs, networks and government in Nepal, and finds it is possible to make a positive change through critical action research, in a new book chapter on rethinking participation, learning and innovation.

PhD education in crisis: The need for a radical improvement

PhD education is in crisis, creating distress and misery in the lives of many who embark on this problematic educational offering coming from Universities around the world. It is now time to fundamentally review and reflect on this activity – the PhD Program –  that started 200 years ago.


(To be announced soon)