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Deepak Tamang

Deepak Tamang

Deepak  Tamang has over 37 years' experience of in action research, development, environment and capacity building in Nepal, more widely in Asia, Europe and the USA.

He started his career as a Project Officer for UNICEF in Water and Environmental Sanitation (WASH). He served as a Programme Officer for Swiss Development Co-operation (SDC) and Swiss Development Assistance (Helvetas) in Nepal. He subsequently served as the Programme Co-ordinator for a livelihoods programme of the Swiss (SDC) and German (GIZ) in Palpa district, Nepal.

Deepak also served 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.

In 1989, he founded an action research, development and environment non-governmental development organisation (NGDO) 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 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 NGDOs.

Deepak has worked closely with the School of Environment and Human Settlements Division of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok and many NGDOs in Asia to develop management courses for the NGDOs. 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, gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women (VOW). He has led a number of important action research projects related to gender and social inclusion (GESI) 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.

Currently, he serves as the Director of SEARCH and is actively  engaged in research related to community and agro-forestry, livelihoods and food security with international and national stakeholders.