The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)is a regional network that uses economic tools and analyses to address South Asia's environmental challenges. It is based on the premise that solutions to economic development concerns and environmental problems are integrally linked.

SANDEE brings together South Asian researchers and institutes interested in the inter-connections among development, poverty and the environment. Its main goal is to build the professional skills required to enable South Asians to address local and global environmental concerns.

SANDEE works in 10 countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

SANDEE was launched in November 1999 and is currently an initiative at ICIMOD.


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.

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