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Senior Research Associate
Areas of Expertise: Development Effectiveness; Food & Hunger Issues; Gender Equality; Global Health; Technology for Development; Inequality; Local Capacity Building; Monitoring & Evaluation; Poverty; Water Security & Management
Lila Kumar Khatiwada is a senior research associate within the Pulte Institute for Global Development's Evidence and Learning Division. His research interests include rural sociology and development; microfinance; agricultural development; infrastructure development; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). He has utilized his expertise in impact assessment—with a special emphasis on quasi-experimental design and mixed methods—to develop, execute, and evaluate projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, Caritas, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Prior to joining the Pulte Institute, Khatiwada worked with the University of Maryland College Park and implemented policy research in international settings. He was involved in evaluating the impact of national parks on poverty and inequality in a NSF funded project in Mozambique and Namibia, the impact of microfinance on poverty in a World Bank funded project in Ghana, community level effects of M-PESA (mobile money) in a Gates Foundation funded project in Kenya, and the effects of food security on community water project in a USAID funded project in eastern Kenya. From 1993 to 2001, Khatiwada developed and implemented a variety of rural development projects—microfinance, agricultural development, community forestry, infrastructure development, and gender empowerment—with communities in Nepal.
Khatiwada holds a Ph.D. in rural sociology with a specialization in community development from the University of Missouri, a master's in rural sociology and environmental science from the University of the Philippines, a bachelor's in agriculture from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) from the University of Missouri.