Kalyan Pandey

After Graduating from CIE in 1982, I returned to Nepal and joined a semi-governmental institution as Training Director until April 1993. During this period, I lead a project in decentralized planning training funded by Swiss Development Agency and implemented by FAO, Rome. I was fully in-charge of the implementation of the project and responsible for working in collaboration with FAO.


During this period a series of Training Manuals on Decentralized Planning was developed and more than 3000 Nepalese Agricultural and Rural development Planners were trained. I was one of the contributors to the manuals and also one of the trainers for the training in different parts of the country.


In 1989 I returned to Boston to attend a three-month training on Project Management at the Arthur D. Little Institution.  I then returned to Nepal and started working as Project Manager in the same institution but focused on Governance and specializing in Local Governance.


In 1993, I joined UNDP, Nepal as Project Manager of UNDP’s Flagship program called Decentralized Planning which was implemented in 20 of the 75 districts of Nepal. Later this project was scaled up to 40 districts over a period of four years. The procedures that we developed and applied in the villages of Nepal were subsequently incorporated into the Local Governance Law of Nepal and are now being used by other development partners and the government of Nepal.


When I was working as National Project Manager of UNDP, Nepal, in 1999, I was offered the post of a UNDP International Project Manager and started my international career in Kyrgyzstan, where I introduced and implemented a local governance program from 1999 to 2001. I was then transferred to Albania to lead a project again focused on the Governance system. In Albania I worked for UNDP for six years until the end of 2007 and managed several Governance related projects with the Albanian Government. 


My last international assignment was with UNDP, Bangladesh where I worked as an International Project Manager from 2008 until the end of 2011. In 2012, I took early retirement from UNDP job and returned to Nepal as a freelance consultant and until 2017 provided consultancy services to UNDP Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.


Since the middle of 2017 I have completely retired from my professional career and started   voluntary social service work helping the poor and needy people of Nepal in health related social services through our family run charitable institution. I am still engaged in this social service work as Member Secretary of the Organization. In addition, for the last four years, I have served as the Chairman of the Central Park Society where we live with a community of 200 families. I have been helping the management team to function properly in managing the Society.


I am happily living with my spouse Shashi Pandey and son and daughter in-law in our apartment complex in Kathmandu.  Our daughter Kamana has settled in Boston with her spouse and a daughter and a son. So I am now a grandfather of two grandchildren. [3-21]


Email: kalyan_pandey@yahoo.com


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