Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit institution registered in Nepal. It aims to address the contemporary policy challenges, such as the gaps between policy and practice, and to influence public policy through rigorous scientific research.

Established in 2004, NDRI comprises of an interdisciplinary team of experts with highest academic standings, mostly doctoral degrees, and wealth of national and international experiences. During the past thirteen year’s period, NDRI focused on creating opportunities for research, dialogue and collaboration which strengthened the linkage between the policy makers, academia and a pool of experts. The beneficiaries of NDRI’s activities include political bodies, government institutions, international organizations, universities, and research institutes.

Although NDRI has yet to produce outstanding results of policy research, the outcomes achieved so far have clearly demonstrated the potential of NDRI to evolve as the leading public policy think tank in Nepal. The experience of NDRI in identifying a niche of research on the policy process in Nepal, creating a cross-disciplinary intellectual community across national boundaries, developing externally-funded research projects on partnership basis, capacity building of young researchers, and disseminating research results provides a solid foundation for strengthening the institute further.

The vision of NDRI is to become a Centre of Excellence for quality research, education and development.

In the face of ongoing socio-political transformation in the country, the mission of NDRI is to provide substantive analytical inputs for policy making on contemporary issues through rigorous research and dissemination of findings.

Core Values
Delivery with best of knowledge, honesty and impartiality. NDRI personnel and products: ambassadors of change. Decision making principles: objective analysis, professional ethics and sustainable development.

To carry out research and academic activities on the contemporary issues related to the national development and advancement of society.
To contribute to rational opinion building by disseminating information and findings.
To conduct activities to develop and enhance human resources essential for policy making and research.
To exchange resources, technology and information with both national and international institutions.
To implement development activities.

Focal Areas
Policy analysis on national economy.
Infrastructure policy and planning.
Poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods.
Climate change, agriculture and renewable resources.
Natural Disaster.