Projects

1. Public choice and equitable access to market opportunities: Rethinking regulatory approach to community owned business selling Himalayan natural products

 

Researchers

Mr Shyam Thapa, Faculty Member, NIMS College, Lalitpur, Nepal

Dr Mani R Manjade, Senior Faculty Member and Principal, NIMS College, Lalitpur, Nepal

Dr Hemant Ojha, Adj Associate Professor, University of Canberra, Australia and Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide (IFSD),  Sydney, Australia

 

 

Overview of research

Nepali handmade paper making (Source: HBTL Nepal)

In the fast changing and globalizing world, national level policy choices are essentially bound up with transnational business processes. In such context, the degree to which local, marginalized and the poor can have access to market opportunities significantly shaped by the policy choices around equity and inclusive development. In this paper, we draw on the case studies of two Himalayan Bio Trade Pvt. Ltd. as a community owned business and Dabur Nepal as a multinational company to produce and market himalayan natural products from Nepal. We explore the impact of these businesses on expanding public choices towards inclusive economic development in Nepal. We analyse the publicly available data of the case studies and the industry data. We also investigate how and to what extent the current regulatory approach recognize  the reality of globalization and the opportunities resulting from this to the community owned business or people seeking jobs. Both businesses have sought to enter a niche market – not developed and promoted by other groups previously, but are facing a number of regulatory constraints resulting from a conservationist, technocratic and top-down approach to environmental regulation and economic policies of Nepal. This research will identify a transnational approach to policy influence and deliberation to support and promote regulations that can enable fairer and more equitable sharing of benefits from the market.

 

 

2. Social entrepreneurship and prosperity in Nepal

 

Researchers

Dr Mani R Banjade, Senior Faculty Member and Principal, NIMS College, Lalitpur, Nepal

Dr Hemant Ojha, Adj Associate Professor, University of Canberra, Australia and Institute for Studies and Development Worldwide (IFSD),  Sydney, Australia

Mr Ishwari Banjade, Faculty member, and head of academics division, NIMS College, Lalitpur, Nepal

 

Overview of research

 

Researchers visiting community farm in Kapilvastu

In partnership with Future Himalaya Institute and IFSD Australia, NIMS College is investigating cultural, economic and organisational foundations of social entrepreneurship in Nepal. This is an action research project being conducted in Kapilvastu district of Nepal, where an agroforestry development company owned by local communities has been identified as a case study. NIMS Faculty members actively participate in the social entrepreneurship action research process.