| Bina Pradhan
- Gender, Population and Development Specialist
- Alliance for Development Alternatives
Bina Pradhan has a PhD in Population and Development (PDP) from Cornell University with a multidisciplinary background in rural sociology, economics, gender studies, anthropology and international development in agriculture. Currently she is affiliated to Alliance for Development Alternatives (AFDA), a private non profit research agency, as Gender, Population, and Development Specialist, proactively engaged in promoting reproductive health and rights of women, engendering development process, pro-poor development strategy with gender justice, gender management system (GMS) towards transformational change, and post conflict transformation for gender and social equity/equality. She serves as Technical Adviser in the Gender Management Committee under National Planning Commission (NPC)/GON for introducing GMS to mainstream gender and women’s empowerment in Nepal. Also served as Adviser to the Social Development Sector/NPC, GON in the preparation of the National Three Year Interim Plan (TYIP) for post conflict reconstruction, rebuilding, reintegration, and rehabilitation March 2007-February2008. Resulted in policy documents on GMS and engendering macroeconomic policy for TYIP.
She served as the FAO Regional Adviser on Gender and Socio-Cultural Operations Research to UNFPA/CST from 1998 to 2003. During her tenure she provided technical support in country programme development and management, research, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity development in population, reproductive health in the countries of South, Central and West Asia.
From 1992 to 1997, Pradhan undertook short term assignments in various capacities in the fields of gender and development, some of which are: Visiting Professor in the Institute of Gender Studies in Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan; Gender and Development Expert for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare of the Government of Maldives; Resource Person at Padma Kanya Campus, Tribhuvan University (1995) for development and establishment of Post Graduate Programme in Gender Studies; and WID Consultant to Canadian Cooperation Office/CIDA, Kathmandu (1993-1995). She provided technical support services for various international agencies such as UNICEF, UNIFEM, FAO, UNIDO, UNFPA, USAID, IDRC and IFAD in areas of gender and development, population, maternal and reproductive health and micro credit financing.
From 1983 to 1989/90, Pradhan established the first women NGO in Nepal, Centre for Women and Development, and served as Executive Director in building the Centre and in the promotion of gender equality/equity and empowerment of women. In 1998 she was awarded the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in recognition of her significant contributions to public services and in promotion of gender issues and empowerment of women.
In the early 1970’s, under the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, she under took teaching and a wide range of research projects including the land mark study on The Status of Women in Nepal. This study was a major contribution in the field of gender and development as well as in the development of methodology in giving visibility to women’s work and their contribution to the household economy. She authored 2 monographs on Status of Women in Nepal, Women’s Autonomy and Reproductive Health Behavior and has written extensively on the subject.
Pradhan is elected member of the Governing Council of Society of International Development/Rome (SID) and a member of the National Chapter and has actively contributed in strengthening the Chapter as well as establishing links with the SID international and South Asia regional net work (SID-SAN) in the promotion of reproductive health, rights and gender concerns in development and conflict transformation from the perspective of gender and social inclusion. She is an active Member of the Regional Task Force, WRHAP, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.