Welcome to Future Himalaya Institute!

I am extremely delighted to announce that Future Himalaya Institute (FHI) has been created to promote research, higher degree education, and innovation in the Himalayan region. As you know, the region has long been waiting for an organisation that can foster situated knowledge generation, sustainable technological developments, and institutional innovation to enable governments and communities to cope with vulnerabilities, social marginalisation, ecological degradation, and exclusionary economic changes.

FHI is committed to bring together knowledge aspirants, entrepreneurs, development professionals and policy makers to spark new thinking to deal with the complex and dynamic bio-physical, socio-economic and cultural environment of the region.

FHI has emerged from our concerns that there is an urgent need to demonstrate nationally grounded, contextually relevant and globally engaged research and education organisation to advance sustainable development in the region, which is characterised by limited access, high external dependence due largely to scant agricultural production, socio-economic marginalization, and vulnerable mountain ecosystems.

Our theory of change is simple and evolving: we mobilise the power of research, education and consulting to effect changes across multiple levels, demonstrating functioning models of innovation in different locations across various problem areas. We believe that by the concerted efforts of dedicated teams with academic, managerial, entrepreneurial, and research expertise, we can create much needed opportunities for our future leaders and entrepreneurs to learn ways to bring about transformational changes in culture, practice, attitudes and policies.  Our initial work within Nepal and abroad will be instrumental in making substantial contribution for the cause of sustainable Himalayan development.

To achieve our goals, we are rapidly building our partnership with institutions within the region and outside, including those in Australia, USA, Europe, Malaysia and India.

We look forward to work with you to achieve these ambitious goals which I think are crucial to the sustainability of the Himalayan landscapes and its people.

Together we can definitely make the transformative change happen in this region!

Thank you.

Dr Mani R Banjade

Executive Director

Future Himalayan Institute

Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary Profile of Dr Banjade

Have over 20 Years of extensive research experience on critical policy analysis, multi-level governance, forest tenure reform, comparative case study methodology, collaborative governance, inclusion and equity, social learning and innovation systems, community based natural resource management, qualitative and mixed methods, and participatory action research. In addition, I had had the opportunity of editing and managing scientific publications, managing research projects, and facilitating large conferences. During August 2013-March 2017, I worked at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), initially as research consultant (August-December 2013) followed by the fulltime Post Doctorate Research Fellow position for three years (March 2014-March 2017). As a Post Doc, I was involved in three projects, namely Global Comparative Study on Forest Tenure Reform (GCS-Tenure Project), Assessment of Land and Forest Tenure in Coastal Mangrove Forests of Southeast Asia and Africa, and Strengthening Forest Landscape Governance for Sustainable Oil Palm Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Indonesia; we applied both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in these projects. Since then, I am working as a Research Associate of CIFOR and providing consultancy services for the same. I completed my PhD in July 2013 and graduated in July 2014 on Environmental Governance from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. My PhD research was on ‘Deliberative Democracy and Multi-level Governance of Community Forestry in Nepal’, where I integrated governance, democracy and forestry concepts to understand the complexity of forest governance in Nepal. During my PhD studies, I was also involved as a tutor for couple of courses at the university. Prior to joining the PhD, I worked as a researcher and core team member (Coordination, Theme Leader) at ForestAction Nepal, a leading think tank organization undertaking research on Forestry, Agriculture and Climate Change. Earlier, I completed the Master’s degree on Forest Policy at the Wageningen University and Research Center, the Netherlands in 2003.