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Chandan Sapkota
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How to finance large-scale infrastructure in Nepal?
It was published in T he Kathmandu Post , 19 July 2016. An earlier blog post on the same issue is here . Financing infrastructure Prime Minister KP Oli led government surprised everyone few weeks ago by proposing to initiate key large-scale infrastructure p...
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FY2017 budget: Unprecedented amount, messy macroeconomics and budgetary dishonesty
It was published in The Kathmandu Post , 17 June 2016. An earlier blog post on FY2017 budget is here . Budget blues Drastically increasing the budget without improving absorption capacity is reckless and shows a lack of accountability The Oli government’s f...
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Why capital spending is chronically low and what can be done about it
It was published in The Kathmandu Post , 23 May 2016. Unspent budget Political instability and interference both at the planning and operational levels hinder timely completion of projects The government is unveiling budget for fiscal year 2016/17 at the en...
It was published in The Kathmandu Post, 23 May 2016. Unspent budget Political instability and interference both at the planning and operational levels hinder timely completion of projects The government is unveiling budge...
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About domestic resources and infrastructure financing in Nepal
There has been a lot of debate about the use of domestic funds to finance large-scale infrastructure projects , especially hydroelectricity, roads and airports. Let me provide a brief background and readers can see for themselves which claims made by ‘exper...
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Structural change in China and its impact on other economies
Asian economies face headwinds from three weak factors : weak global recovery, weak global trade, and weak (rather moderating) Chinese growth. To deflect such headwinds, the economies need to focus on productivity-enhancing structural reforms, which are nee...
Asian economies face headwinds from three weak factors: weak global recovery, weak global trade, and weak (rather moderating) Chinese growth. To deflect such headwinds, the economies need to focus on productivity-enhancing st...
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LA Times: One year after devastating Nepal earthquake, reconstruction has barely begun. http://goo.gl/QCruQa

"Sadly, it’s quite simple: Reconstruction hasn’t begun,” said Chandan Sapkota, an independent analyst who until last year served as an economist for the Asian Development Bank in Nepal.

“The kind of urgency you saw in the months after the quake has been lost. The government is stuck in the process. The current environment is confusion at the planning level and uncertainty at the village level.”
Within days of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that nearly wiped this hilltop hamlet off the map, Raj Kumar Sahi began building a shed to shelter his family, salvaging twisted metal sheets and splintered strips of wood from the rubble of their four-room home.
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असारे बिकास: The pitfalls of shoddy and bunching up of capital spending
The media is awash with stories ( here , here , here  and  here ) about hasty capital spending throughout the country as FY2016 ends on mid-July. Government agencies, especially the local authorities, tend to award contract for repetitive projects to contra...
The media is awash with stories (here, here, here and here) about hasty capital spending throughout the country as FY2016 ends on mid-July. Government agencies, especially the local authorities, tend to award contract for rep...
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Quick thoughts on Nepal's FY2017 budget
Here is my quick thoughts on the FY2017 budget . Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel presented budget for FY2017 (mid-July 2016 to mid-July 2017) to the parliament on May 29. The budget is focused on distributive programs, post-earthquake reconstruction a...
Here is my quick thoughts on the FY2017 budget. Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel presented budget for FY2017 (mid-July 2016 to mid-July 2017) to the parliament on May 29. The budget is focused on distributive programs,...
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Why capital spending is chronically low in #Nepal and what can be done about it ? http://goo.gl/AUuCzV
Political instability and interference both at the planning and operational levels hinder timely completion of projects
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Trade blockade was more damaging to Nepalese economy than the earthquake
The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) just released its GDP growth projection for FY2016. The growth projection is quite close to the latest  IMF projection . It offers further clarity on the impact of the trade blockade and supplies disruption (with laste...
The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) just released its GDP growth projection for FY2016. The growth projection is quite close to the latest IMF projection. It offers further clarity on the impact of the trade blockade and s...
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The Guardian: A year after the earthquake in #Nepal. http://goo.gl/rFaiEH

If aid doesn’t come soon, it will severely impact rural areas that already suffer from lack of investment and development, according to Chandan Sapkota, an economist formerly with the Asian Development Bank.

“The slower the reconstruction, the harder it will be for the economy to get back to normal,” he said. “If reconstruction doesn’t happen soon, and local economic activities don’t pick up, then the only option is to either migrate to cities for temporary work or to foreign employment destinations.”
Political bickering and bureaucracy mean there is little reconstruction amid the rubble left by Nepal’s 2015 earthquake, fuelling mistrust of aid agencies
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Nepal was the third largest remittance recipient in 2014
As a share of its GDP, Nepal was the third largest recipient of remittances in 2014 (see the latest Migration and Development brief by WB). Remittance inflows to Nepal amounted 29.1% of GDP in 2014. Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic received remittances amount...
As a share of its GDP, Nepal was the third largest recipient of remittances in 2014 (see the latest Migration and Development brief by WB). Remittance inflows to Nepal amounted 29.1% of GDP in 2014. Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Repu...
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  • Asian Development Bank
    Economics Officer, 2014 - 2015
  • South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)
    Researcher, 2010 - 2012
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
    Junior Fellow, 2009 - 2010
  • Asia America Initiative (AAI)
    Research Assistant, 2008 - 2008
  • The Kathmandu Post
    Business reporter, 2004 - 2005
  • Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal
    National consultant, 2010 - 2011
  • Food and Agriculture Organization
    Consultant, 2011 - 2011
  • UNDP
    Consultant, 2011 - 2012
  • Centre for International Migration and Development - CIM
    Consultant, 2012 - 2012
  • Asian Development Bank
    Associate Economics Officer, 2012 - 2014
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Tokyo, Japan
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Kathmandu, Nepal - Pennsylvania, USA - Washington, DC, USA
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Formerly, Economics Officer at Asian Development Bank, Nepal Resident Mission.

Worked as researcher at SAWTEE; National consultant at Ministry of Commerce & Supplies, Government of Nepal; FAO, UNDP and CIM, GIZ among others; Was Op-Ed Columnist at Republica, December 2008- June 2012.

Former Junior Fellow for Trade, Equity & Development program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. I am interested in trade policy, economic growth, human development and social protection.

I regularly blog on issues related to economic development, trade policy, public policy, and development in the developing countries. 

BLOG POSTS ARE PERSONAL. THEY NEITHER REFLECT THE VIEWS OF NOR ENDORSED BY THE INSTITUTIONS I AM ASSOCIATED WITH.

Education
  • Dickinson College
    Economics, Mathematics, 2005 - 2009
  • Budhanilkantha School
    Economics, Mathematics, 1997 - 2003
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