South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) 

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is an initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) under the regional programme on Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN).

SANDEE brings together researchers and decision makers from South Asia to address development-environment challenges. SANDEE’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions in South Asia to undertake research on the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change and to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies.

SANDEE’s current research focuses on Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change including Ecosystems Management, Economics of Climate Change, and Policies and Programmes for Greener Development. It aims to develop empirical evidence on underlying economic and institutional issues in order to inform policy and improve environmental management.

Understanding the economics of environmental change and development is key to unlocking a sustainable future in South Asia.

South Asia is going through a period of rapid economic growth, which is expected to relieve the burden of poverty. However, questions remain of whether this growth is ecologically viable and whether the gains from growth will endure. SANDEE operates under the principle that greener growth and sustainable development are necessary in South Asia and are possible with the implementation of evidence-based solutions. SANDEE aims to: 

  • Strengthen the ability of researchers to undertake multi-disciplinary research on the economics of environmental and natural resource problems
  • Support the growth of rigorous policy-relevant literature on economic development, poverty reduction, and environmental change
  • Support environmental and natural resource economics in teaching and research institutions 
  • Influence policy processes through analyses, training, networking, dialogue, and dissemination of research findings

Supporting research for leadership development 

SANDEE manages two annual research grant cycles to support researchers in South Asia in answering pressing questions related to climate change and other challenges at the intersection of economic development and environmental change.  SANDEE grants:

  • Undergo a competitive, peer-reviewed grant making process
  • Support 2- to 3-year research projects
  • Provide researchers from South Asia with the opportunity to share their findings on regional and global stages through mobility and travel grants
In addition to research grants, SANDEE organizes basic to advance teaching courses. Each year, SANDEE hosts a three-week Summer School in environmental and resource economics, featuring leading economists from around the world as faculty. Through the Summer School, participants – ranging from grantees to university faculty and staff in government and non-governmental organizations in South Asia – learn the fundamentals of environmental and resource economics, present research ideas and proposals, and receive feedback from the summer school faculty. SANDEE also hosts an annual Winter School on research methods exclusively for grant recipients and one or more research and writing workshops for aspiring researchers who need technical support for developing proposal for research grant competition. Through research grants, trainings and mentoring, SANDEE facilitates leadership development in academia, government and research organizations, who conduct and promote rigorous research for supporting evidence based policy.  

Core Financial Partners

Implementing Partners

  • Individuals associated with various universities, governments, research institutions, and NGOs across South Asia.