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Council of Thinkers


Council of Thinkers is a Policy Think Tank forum of multidisciplinary thinkers, policy makers and practitioners engaged in generating knowledge with a view to contribute to the governance and policy frameworks, focusing on the policy issues. More specifi cally, it is a forum for policy study, research, dialogue, and policy intervention on the agenda of children, youth, women and marginalized people. At the same time, it will also be engaged in the areas of social, political, economic and legal dimension associated with nation building process. It aims to enhance a tri-partite (academiapolicy- practitioner) commitment in contributing toward policy building and examining their effects.


The institutional structure of the Council consists of individuals with expertise in policy, research and analysis. Since, political actors play the key and decisive role in policy making, activities enabling them for better policy making is urgent in the Nepalese context. Therefore, political thinkers are also included as the key components of the institutional structure of the Policy Think Tank. Finally, institutions matter for better delivery and implementation of the policy goals. Therefore, some key institutions are also included as the part of the institutional structure of the Council. The institutional structure is as follows:


The Himal Innovative Development and Research Pvt. Ltd. (HIDR) facilitates the Council of Thinkers and works as a secretariat. The HIDR is a company established by experienced, capable and energetic professional in the fi eld of management and rights based development, especially targeting to women, children, and overall marginalised people/ communities in Nepal. Since its establishment in 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal, the HIDR has been providing multi-disciplinary services from the beginning of its operation. Following a period of signifi cant expansion in the fi eld of research, advocacy, policy analysis, and community empowerment services, it is now one of the growing consultancy fi rms led by established professional women in the various sectors of human development areas. The HIDR team/group is a well-established name in the Nepalese consulting business in the area of study, research, evaluation, and publication on social, economic, educational, cultural, political rights, It is also known for focusing on human rights issues of women, children and marginalized communities within its programmatic scope. The HIDR also provides management-consulting services to other agencies on the issues of human resource management and capacity building.


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HIDR Secretariat

  • Milan Dharel
    • Mr. Dharel is an Asst. Professor at Kathmandu School of Law and MICD/MU. Mr. Dharel is an academician having more than a decade long engagement in the field of human rights and child rights activism leading national NGOs and also network of child rights organizations (CONSORTIUM).

      Mr. Dharel has accomplished more than 20 research and evaluation works as a team leader and members on various occasions ranging from child labor, child sexual abuse to human rights, governance and slavery issues. He has extensively attended and presented in workshops and conferences held at national, regional and international levels as a resource person and speaker. He had also worked with Plan Nepal on project evaluation. Mr. Dharel has proficient with various research skills, training, and Systematic Review from 3IE.  

  • Indu Tuladhar
    • Ms. Tuladhar is a well-known constitutional law and women and child rights expert in Nepal. She has widely engaged in policy analysis, including those related to gender based violence, violence against women, human rights and access to justice. She is an author of several books and articles on women rights, politics and peace process in Nepal. She has designed child-sensitive indicators and monitoring and evaluation tools to capture the extent to which children have participated in and benefited from new constitution; changes in women and girl’s empowerment and gender relations as a result of programming, designing, and implementing activities to correct gender discrepancies through the new constitution. She has also worked with various national and international organizations along with UNICEF. Currently, Ms. Tuladhar is working on policy analysis and advocacy on various issues.