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Research & Policy Unit
Due to lack of resources and capacity for conducting studies and research in the country, most decision on projects are taken in the absence of comprehensive analysis, data and documented information and an evaluation of various social, economic and environmental dimensions and effects. In addition, the rural development and poverty alleviation programmes are implemented by several ministries of government, NGOs, civil society, and private sector. But, it is difficult to understand holistically the achievements and issues of this comprehensive mechanism for knowledge generation, policy coordination and political support at national level. The AIRD is mandated to promote research and learning culture within MRRD. Keeping this in mind, a Policy and Research unit has been up as part of AIRD. This is the largest unit in AIRD which has been strengthened recently with 41 people (12 from civil service and 29 on contract). The Vulnerability Assessment Unit (VAU) is also part of the research unit.
Research on livelihoods and landmines is ongoing, along with work on a National Rural Development Report and other research initiatives with CIRDAP. In year 2010 this section is planning to conduct two researches on two issues to be decided in close consultation with Center for Integrated Rural Development for Asia & Pacific (CIRDAP).
What does Policy and Research unit offer?
Research Surveys and Reports: