Kick-off workshop of KUSOM Policy Lab

November 9, 2022


On 9th of November 2022, we organized a Kick Workshop on a GIZ  Study and Expert Fund (SFF) Project titled “Strengthening Governance Policy Think Tanks in Nepal”. The GIZ-SFF aims to support National and Sub- National Think Tanks in partnership with Regional and International Think Tanks to facilitate peer-to-peer-based research, professional exchange of experience, and mutual professional support in the development of policy proposals and initiatives on concrete policy issues. The project has envisioned the formation of national networks of policy think tanks which shall contribute to the creation of innovative advisory tools for the federalism and governance reform agenda of the state. 

It is the tripartite policy governance initiative of Kathmandu University School of Management - Policy Lab (KUSOM Policy Lab), the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MOFAGA), and GIZ to support evidence-based policy research, analysis, and advocacy for improving policy governance in Nepal.

The GIZ-SFF project has three major components and areas of interventions: i) Policy Research and Analysis, ii) Capacity Building (coaching and mentoring) the selected policy think tanks (policy training, policy case development, scientific case documentation, peer-to-peer learning, etc.), and iii) Policy Dialogue and Communication-Scaling up and policy uptake to deal with complex policy ecosystem.  As a leading centre of excellence and think tank in public policy and governance, KUSOM Policy Lab thoroughly facilitates the policy think tanks and policy institutions through national, regional and international partnership and networking.

The workshop was done in the presence of the secretary of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MOFAGA). Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr. Achyut Wagle, Registrar of Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr. Devi Prasad Bedari, Dean of Kathmandu University, Dr. Jagadish C. Pokhrel, Former Vice-Chair of National Planning Commission, Mr. Lilamani Paudyal Former Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal, Mr. Balram Rijal, Joint Secretary, MOFAGA, and Ms. Sabrina Strom CTA GIZ-CDSG -the key guests and speakers of the program.