Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) is an international think-tank and a knowledge-platform dedicated to the people-centred and sustainable development of Nepal and Nepali people, including diaspora Nepali. As a think-tank and knowledge-platform NPI may not actively do advocacy work, at least not in the near-term future, but it is expected that public policy advocacy and activist individuals and organization will benefit from NPI and its work.
NPI will be a forum of Nepal origin public policy scholars, researchers, practitioners, experts and consultants across the globe, in collaboration and partnership with people and institutions anywhere and everywhere working in the interest of Nepal and Nepali people, including diaspora Nepali. This will be a borderless organisation working and connecting people in the cloud, land and the space in between.
Establishment of NPI
Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) was conceived as a global initiative of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) to unleash the potential of Nepali diaspora to build a prosperous Nepal as guided by ‘NRNA Vision 2020 and Beyond’. This was subsequently endorsed in Article 20.6 of NRNA Constitution 2003 (Amendment 2017), certified by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal. The 60th NRNA International Coordination Council (ICC) meeting held on the 8th December 2017 appointed the Chair of the institute with the mandate to materialize the vision of policy institute. Accordingly, the chair developed its Terms of Reference (ToR) and its governance structure and formed an interim executive committee nominating the prominent professionals from global Nepali diaspora and residential professionals from Nepal in the team. The following 61st Meeting of NRNA ICC held on 11th February 2018 approved the ToR and authorized the interim executive committee to start its work immediately.
The conception of NPI was driven by NRNA’s comparative advantage and opportunity of mobilizing a large range and number of public policy scholars, researchers, practitioners, experts and consultants across Nepali diaspora as well as their partners and associates in Nepal and globally.
Given the volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous, yet rapidly changing and hyper-connected world that we live in, NRNA supported NPI will be uniquely placed to provide
- swift and relevant wide ranging and multi-angled perspectives and recommendations towards determining, adapting or implementing suitable public policy in Nepal
- bring to Nepal results of experience or experiments of public policies elsewhere in the global for better learning for Nepali policy makers and for policy analysis and advocacy communities
- take Nepali experience and expertise to elsewhere in the global thus promoting Nepal globally
- strengthen think-tank and public policy research, analysis and advocacy ecosystem in Nepal through collaboration, partnership and exchanges.
NPI will live by and its work will be guided by the following values:
- Human rights, social justice and sustainability: In line with UDHR and Nepali Constitution for harmonious co-existence of people and nature now and the generations to come
- Non-denominational/non-partisan: Free from alliance with and promotion of any religion, sects or political party
- Autonomy: Free from any intellectual, political or financial pressure to promote ideas of any one or other interest group
- Excellence and rigor: working to apply highest standards and the best practices
- Transparency and accountability: transparency about all is conduct and affairs and accountability to deliver its commitments
- Diversity and inclusion: Not only non-discrimination but equally including and treating people of all gender, caste, age, ideology
NPI exists to serve Nepal and Nepali people anywhere and everywhere by providing rigorous and high quality public policy knowledge and discourse.
Guided by the mission statement, following are the specific objectives of NPI:
- Carry out public policy research, analysis, impact assessment related to people-centred and sustainable development of Nepal and recommend options and alternatives;
- Provide open and accessible platforms for wider public policy learning, sharing, networking, debates and discourse among government non-profit or private sector public policy experts, academia, advocates, consultants and practitioners in Nepal and globally;
- Positively inform and engage people in Nepal and Nepali diaspora abroad about public policy concerns, discourse and alternatives;
- Engage and mobilise Nepali diaspora, in general and Nepali diaspora academics, public intellectuals and students, in particular in fulfilling the NPI mission and objectives
- Participate in and contribute to the growth and development of public policy think-tank communities and ecosystem in Nepal.
Nature of the institution
NPI exists as an institution of NRNA as enshrined it its constitution. NPI has been conceived as the greater public good for Nepal and Nepali people, including diaspora. Thus, NPI is not an internal subordinate organ or function or department of NRNA. NRNA’s ownership and control over NPI will be only at the level of statute and governance.
Beyond, the above-mentioned roles and responsibilities of NRNA, NPI will remain intellectually, politically and financially autonomous from NRNA and will have a freedom to choose the nature and scope of its work, its partners and collaborators and the staff team it will recruit and retain in line with NRNA statue, in general and with NPI statute, in specific.