ICIMOD Adopts New Strategy to Meet New Challenges in the Region


In recent years, the Hindu Kush Himalayan region has witnessed rapid change. Population growth, migration, urbanization, and climate change have begun to pose challenges to traditional livelihood strategies and coping mechanisms. The vast ice reserves are shrinking, which, combined with other changes, threatens the role of the HKH region as a water reservoir to over one billion people. The frequency of extreme climatic events has increased, and the degradation of forests, wetlands, and rangelands threatens livelihoods and biodiversity. Within this backdrop of change, ICIMOD has adopted a new strategy to better adapt to meet new challenges of the region and seize opportunities arising from them.

In the new Strategic Framework, which was developed through broad consultation and as a continuation of the long-term vision of the 2008 Strategic Framework, ICIMOD will work through six demand-driven, transdisciplinary Regional Programmes to deliver positive impact on the ground:

These demand-driven programmes will be supported by knowledge and expertise from the Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, which represent the core competency areas that ICIMOD has developed in response to the needs of the region. Knowledge Management and Communication will underpin all of ICIMOD’s work, supporting information gathering, targeting dissemination, and fostering dialogue and exchange among the researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in the region as well as the global community. Tools and methods from other cross-cutting areas – gender, governance, inclusive development and economic analysis – will be developed for application in all areas of ICIMOD’s work. 

Strengthening partnerships at all levels is crucial to realizing ICIMOD’s vision and mission and is a key component of the new strategy. This includes partnerships with national and strategic partners in each country, and operational partners at the field level; alliances with regional academic and research institutions; global and regional centres of excellence and greater engagement with private sector.