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Apsara Karki Nepal

SSA - Poverty Analyst, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

As a Poverty Analyst, my current work involves analyzing, synthesizing, assessing and developing synthesis reports on the status of poverty in each of ICIMOD’s eight regional member countries using large scale and sometimes very complex survey data.

Apsara Karki Nepal

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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In order to protect the pulse of the planet, I believe that one must go green. It is important that we attempt to reduce our individual carbon footprint as much as possible. Some ways I do this are by walking to work, eating less meat and poultry items, and adopting a paperless office.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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I enjoy the multicultural work environment that ICIMOD provides, where I can interact with people not just from different disciplines but also from different cultures.

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What are you passionate about?

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My passion is understanding human behaviour in different contexts, geographies and across different cultures using rigorous empirical research. I also enjoy hiking, trekking, and interacting with people and nature.

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My qualifications

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I’m an applied economist. I received my Master’s degree in environmental economics and econometrics from the University of New Mexico, USA and a PhD in applied development economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand. I work on large scale survey and administrative data using econometric techniques for evaluating the impact of different programs and policies. My research interest is in the intersection of environmental-development issues including valuation of forest management types, efficiency of cook-stove technologies, impact of remittances and migration on child health and education, and impacts of conflict on child health and fertility. Prior to joining ICIMOD, I worked for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) as an Impact Evaluation Specialist, and for Aama Milan Kendra as Program Manager.