Staff and structure


Our partners make us stronger. By forging partnerships towards attaining common goals, we work through our regional programmes, themes, and communications team to strengthen the impact of our work and our commitment to address poverty, gender, governance, and inclusive development issues. Over the past three decades, we’ve worked with and through an extended and diversified network of local, national, regional, and international partner organizations and individuals to this end. Our incredible network of peers helps us enhance technical outreach, improve science quality, and build a regional constituency for mountain development.

Our partners

Our partners are among our greatest assets. They can provide us both a broad range of perspectives as well as specific localized knowledge. Our partnerships are designed to best meet the needs of our programmes and support us in our efforts to solve the challenges that face the people and mountains of the HKH.

  • Strategic and policy partners
    We work with strategic and policy partners to develop and formulate mountain-specific development strategies, policies, and legislation. Together, we facilitate and conduct policy reviews and assessments, catalyze the scaling up of solutions to the policy level, and shape policy agendas. Strategic and policy partners support our programmes and promote the mountain development agenda at the global stage. They include focal ministries, national and regional organizations, and other global partners.
  • Implementation partners
    Our implementation partners are operational and research partners who support the implementation of regional programmes either individually or through a consortium of partners.
  • Operational partners
    We engage in pilot research and demonstration, conduct baseline surveys and stakeholder analyses, and test pilot concepts and knowledge products with support from our operational partners. Together, we use participatory approaches to take into account gender mainstreaming and inclusive development, project management, and the monitoring and evaluating of results. Our operational partners include national, sub-national, and local government departments and public institutions; national research institutions; NGOs and community-based organizations; local and national INGO offices; and private sector organizations.
  • Research partners
    Our research partners help us develop common research methodologies, implement research activities, develop databases, share data and knowledge, and document evidence-based good practices.  They include universities, national research institutions, non-governmental research organizations, and regional centres of international science and research organizations.
  • Development partners
    Our development partners include bilateral and multilateral international development funding organizations that provide financial and technical support. They support both long-term programmatic and short-term project-based activities.
  • Knowledge partners and networks
    Our knowledge partners and networks are diverse. They include universities and academic institutions; regional and global networks; science partners and thematic networks; and institutions engaged in advocacy, outreach, and knowledge sharing, exchange, and dissemination. Media organizations and publication houses, ICIMOD awardees and ambassadors, private sector organizations, and youth organizations and networks are also among our knowledge partners.

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