In 1989, Deepak Tamang founded an action research, development and environment non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Nepal called SEARCH. Since then he has served as the Director, working in many countries globally as a researcher, strategic planner, trainer, facilitator, project manager and team leader for a number of important projects.
Deepak Tamang has over 37 years in research, development, environment and capacity building in Nepal and more widely in Asia, Europe and the USA, including:
- as a Project Officer for UNICEF in Water and Environmental Sanitation (WASH)
- a Programme Officer for Swiss Development Co-operation (SDC) and Swiss Development Assistance (Helvetas) in Nepal
- as the Programme Co-ordinator for a livelihoods programme of the Swiss (SDC) and German (GIZ) in Palpa district, Nepal
- as the Senior Technical Advisor in building capacity of self-help groups for a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supported integrated development project in the Karnali-Behri region of Nepal
- and working with the School of Environment and Human Settlements Division of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok and many NGOs in Asia to develop management courses for the NGOs.
Deepak has led many projects related to impact monitoring, evaluation, building capacity, learning organisation and peace initiatives in the last three decades. He has also worked extensively in integrated community development with emphasis on building capacity for community organisations and NGOs.
He has also worked in community-centered natural resource management as well as community-centered response to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and landslides in the South Asian region.
During the 1990s and in the first 15 years of the new millennium, Deepak worked extensively on issues related to gender justice and gender-based violence. He has led a number of important action research projects related to gender and social inclusion in Nepal and the South Asian Region.
He was a British Council Fellow in UK and studied Organisational Management at the Cranefield Institute of Technology in the UK. He was a World Forestry Fellow in Portland, Oregon, USA and researched forest management, climate change and global warming, riparian management and alternative biomass fuels.
Deepak has served as the World Forest Institute (WFI) Senior Fellow in subsequent years for an environmental education programme called the International Educators Institute (IEI) in Portland, Oregon.
Besides these affiliations, Deepak is an active member of many national and international NGDO networks including the South Asian Women’s Network (SWAN), which is active in nine countries in South Asia on issues related to women’s empowerment, gender and sustainable development.
He has written a number of books on development and environment, training manuals, scientific articles and technical research papers based on empirical and primary research in the field of socio-economic and biophysical subjects.