FACULTY: Visiting Expert / Economic Governance

Bishnu Adhikari

Title:                  Visiting Expert / Economic Governance

Department:      Law

Campus:             KUSL


Bishnu Adhikari is a Democracy and Governance expert, with over 16 years of experience in the field of civil society, political and electoral system and local governance as an adviser, and university lecturer. He is visiting expert for economic governance and is contributing 12 hours a year to the law students at Kathmandu University School of Law by way of lecture, seminar or workshop every academic year.

Adhikari is M.A. (Political Science) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1996 (with highest score in the batch). He has also studied from Stanford University USA as its fellow on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (2009).

Since January 2017, Bishnu is working as Deputy Team Leader of Economic Policy Incubator, a research and consultancy project of DFID Nepal.

Previously, Bishnu was Governance Adviser to DFID in Nepal for four years. In this role, he was responsible to provide governance and political economy expert advice to DFID Nepal and oversee the implementation of a multimillion dollar framework local governance and community development programme (LGCDP) with Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, and a joint donor $35 million civil society programme. From January 2011 to July 2013, Bishnu worked as the Strategy and Governance Adviser to Enabling State Programme (ESP), a DFID/Nepal’s civil society programme of £ 17 million budget. In this capacity, he supported ESP and DFID/Nepal to identify key priority areas for support to civil society, established constructive partnership between civil society and key national and local government institutions.

From 2000-2010, Bishnu advised USAID/Nepal on Democracy and Governance (DG) issues, and served as the Deputy Team Leader of the Democracy and Governance / Conflict Mitigation Office, often representing USAID as the Acting Division Chief / Team Leader. Key responsibilities included development of DG programmes on civil society, political and electoral processes, rule of law and anti-corruption sectors,leading technical team in conducting programme evaluations and assessments, ensuring that these programmes deliver results.

Over the ten-year period, Bishnu was directly responsible for the design and implementation of a number of high profile, large, complex USAID-funded DG programmes. From 1996-2000 Bishnu led high profile research projects on political developments, refugees and decentralization in Nepal as a lecturer of political science at the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies at Tribhuvan University.