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About the Nepal team

We have been working in Nepal since the 1990s, and our permanent office opened in 2012. We provide public policy analysis, advice, and support, spanning a range of thematic areas from education to environment, food security, and infrastructure development.

Suresh Tiwari

Country Director

OPM Nepal

Suresh Tiwari is our Office director in Nepal and a public health and public financial management professional. He has a wealth of experience working at country level in Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Australia and Canada, where he has helped with capacity building of government institutions and NGOs. Suresh’s areas of expertise …

Devendra Gnawali

Senior Consultant

OPM Nepal

Devendra Prasad Gnawali  supports OPM Nepal’s health and nutrition work, and started his career as a government officer in the Ministry of Health. His role in the Policy, Planning, and International Cooperation Division of the ministry has provided him many opportunities to be involved in policy, planning, sector reform, and health financing.

Bimal Regmi

Senior Consultant

OPM Nepal

Bimal Regmi is based in the OPM Nepal Office where he works on climate change and disaster risk in Nepal, as well as contributing to the broader work of OPM in the country.

Hema Bhatt

Senior Consultant

OPM Nepal

Hema Bhatt is a specialist in health systems with extensive experience in qualitative studies. She is currently working as a demand-side financial advisor to the Ministry of Health, Nepal in the Family Health Division by providing them technical support in implementing and monitoring Aama Programme, a national flagship programme.

Our projects

We have extensive experience on projects across a range of sectors including health, education, public financial management, governance, nutrition and food security, sanitation, hygiene and social care services, environment and climate change, and infrastructural development for regional development.

The Karnali Employment Programme is a safety net programme, which focuses on supplementing the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable communities during lean seasons, when they are most affected by external shocks. DFID has provided support to the programme through a package of technical assistance (TA) since 2013. As part of this, we focused our TA on supporting the Government of Nepal in developing, testing, and implementing new approaches to employment-led poverty reduction. Building on the first phase of the TA, the focus has now shifted towards the development of processes, systems, and capacity rather than daily operations.

We have been providing technical assistance in health financing and financial management as a part of the Nepal Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP), a DFID-funded programme to support the Nepal Health SWAP. NHSSP’s TA team is focusing on strengthening the government’s capacity to prepare electronic annual work plans and budgets, and improve budget tracking.

Similarly, we have been providing support in designing and implementation of the national flagship programme in the health sector of Nepal, namely Aama programme, and transaction accounting and a budget control system being implemented under the Ministry of Health. The programme is funded by DFID and led by Options, where we provide TA support in health financing and financial management.

We have been managing the monitoring and evaluation component of the DFID-funded Community Development Programme (CDP), a non-state-led service delivery component of the Local Governance and Community Development Programme of Nepal being implemented by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development Nepal. Within CDP, we are responsible for the design and implementation of the overall monitoring and evaluation framework, particularly focusing on establishing the management information systems, conducting the appropriate baseline and endline exercises, and undertaking operational reviews and rapid assessments.

In the sector of climate change and disaster risk management, we are leading the Policy and Institutions Facility (PIF), a DFID-funded programme, aiming to strengthen Nepal’s policy and institutional framework for disaster resilience and climate change. PIF will critically assess and take actions to address key constraints to Nepal’s disaster risk and climate change policy and institutional framework.

We are also working on DFID’s multi-year Climate Proofing Growth and Development programme, which includes Nepal as a focus country alongside Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. The programme aims to improve resilience by directly incorporating climate change considerations into policy, planning, and investment environments within each country. We are working with national implementing partners, providing support across the policy cycle from research and capacity building to monitoring and evaluation.

We have also supported on conducting a formative and summative evaluation including detailed process review of Emergency Cash Transfer Project funded by UNICEF and implemented by Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development. It employed both qualitative and quantitative techniques to assess how successful the programme has been in relation to the short-term relief and recovery needs of the target group, while also looking towards the future to answer the question as to how UNICEF can further support the longer-term objectives of the cash transfer programme, including expansion of the Child Grant and systems strengthening.

The evaluation of the UNICEF-funded National Early Childhood Development Programme aimed at identifying possible ways of enhancing coordination amongst key ministries, demonstrating the linkages between early childhood education and other sectoral interventions, and identifying the gaps between policy and implementation.

Our people

We have a team of consultants, Associates, support staff, and project staff. Our in-house expertise ranges across all key sectors with our staff having strong academic backgrounds from leading national and international universities complementing their extensive practical experience in these sectors. We also house some well-recognised sector experts as our senior technical staff. In addition to this, we work closely with our colleagues in OPM UK and through our networks and select partners to provide the very best public policy support.