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Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA)

The Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA) was established on May 15, 1969 under a tripartite agreement between His Majesty’s Government of Nepal, TU and the Ford Foundation. Started as an autonomous institution, the centre was later integrated into TU and given the status of an institute on December 15, 1975 after the National Education System Plan (NESP) was implemented.


CEDA has been serving as a policy-research centre contributing towards the national development policies and strategies. The centre’s activities are basically confined to research, consultancy and training programmes.


The goal of the centre is to contribute to the nation building through analytical and problem solving works in the areas of socioeconomic and administrative development.


  • To assist the policy makers in formulating and implementing the development policies, plans and programmes.
  • To provide the policy-makers with conceptual, empirical and value premise for shaping the development policies, plans and programmes.
  • To recommend the policy makers /alternative policies, ideas and options
  • To foster intelligent and informed discussions on the issues and problems in the Nepalese public affairs so as to promote and establish an enlightened, conscious and influential public opinion
  • To help various agencies of the TU in their diverse programmes and to enhance their roles in national development, and
  • To engage oneself with international collaboration in the study and pursuit of development changes.

Institutional Network

  • CEDA is presently a networking member of the following international institutions.
  • – Trade and Investment Relation in South Asia and South East Asia, Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP, Bangkok.
  • – Development Information Network for South Asia (DEVINSA), Colombo, Sri Lanka. The centre’s library is also the focal point for the Development Information Network for South Asia (DEVINSA) Project for Nepal.
  • – Thematic Node for South and Central Asia, Networking of Environment Training Institutes at Tertiary Level in Asia and the Pacific (NETTLAP), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Besides CEDA is also a member of the following institutions:

    • – Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), Manila, Philippines.
    • – Asia and Pacific Development Centre, APDC, Kualalumpur, Malaysia.
    • – Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA), Kualalumpur, Malaysia.
    • – Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Hyderabad, India.

Human Resources

Academic Staff

Currently CEDA has a team of the following highly experienced and qualified professionals.


Position Discipline


Professor Economics


Professor Management


Professor Statistics


Professor English


Reader Economics


Reader Management


Lecturer Economics


Lecturer Political Science


Teaching Assistant Economics



Technical and Administrative Staff



Account Controller

Deputy Administrator




Assistant Administrator


Office Assistants


Support Staff




The centre publishes research reports, bibliographies, case studies, seminar reports and occasional papers. It has its own half yearly newsletter, “CEDA NEWS” through which the progress of the ongoing projects/activities is made public. Further, it brings out a bi-annual, Journal of Development and Administrative Studies (JODAS). It also publishes articles on development management and administrative problems of Nepal and that of other developing countries. The centre has so far brought out some 500 research reports including seminar proceedings.

Institutional Involvement

Member: BIMSTEC Network of Think Tanks

CEDA is a member of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Network of Think Tanks. BIMSTEC is an international organization involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. The member countries of this group are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Partner Institute: World Economic
Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

CEDA has been a partner institute of the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland for conducting the Executive Opinion Survey since 2006. The Executive Opinion Survey, the “Voice of the Business Community” is a major component of the Global Competitiveness Report and provides the key ingredient that turns the report into a representative annual measure of a nation’s economic environment and its ability to achieve sustained growth. The survey gathers valuable information on a broad range of variable for which hard data sources are scarce or nonexistent. High level business executives operating in Nepal are surveyed to capture their opinion on the business environment in which they operate. The Global Competitiveness Report has been the World Economic Forum’s flagship publication and is widely recognized as the world’s leading cross country comparison of factors affecting economic competitiveness and growth.

Focal Point: SAARC Network

CEDA is a focal point for the SAARC Network of Researchers on Global, Financial and Economic Issues. The major objective of this Network is to focus on external economic issues that will have an impact on the individual Member States and the SAARC region.

On-going project

The School-to-work transition Survey( SWTS): It is an ILO funded project and is expected to be completed by September,2013.The main purpose of this survey is to estimate:

1) The number of young people who have completed their transition into stable or satisfactory employment,

2) Those who are still in transition, and

3) The number of young people who have not yet made the transition either because they remain in school or are outside of the labour market with no plans to work in the future. The SWTS provides information to governments, the social partners and the donor community on the youth employment areas that require urgent attention. Executive Director of CEDA, is the National Coordinator of this project.


It has a library and a documentation section, to facilitates its researchers, teachers and trainers. The library has a collection of reports, mimeographs, periodicals and books related to development, public administration, business management, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science and geography etc. The centre has one auditorium hall accommodating 100 people and two other seminar halls of moderate size, each having the capacity to room 30 people.


The Executive Director is the head of both academic as well as administrative wing of the centre.

Dr. Arun Kumar Thakur

Executive Director



P.O.Box 797, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (977-1) 4331721

Fax: (977-1) 4331722



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